I was going to create my own SlideShare but when I got to looking at the website, I found one that was great. It is what my blog is all about in a few slides done by another person. I found it very informative and thought I should post and let other people see it.
Like I said, this is not my work but I wanted to share it for you guys to see it!
I can remember my first game with ESPN like it was yesterday.
The guy I intern with does free lance work with ESPN. He called me up one day and said I have a great opportunity for you if you’re interested. OF COURSE I had to jump on this before it went away. He said they needed a utility worker for the Vanderbilt-Charleston Southern football game. i had no idea what that entitled but I had to do it.
Essentially I was the cable guy for the cameraman on the field. Anytime that he moved, I moved. I followed behind him and would coil up the cable and give slack when he needed it. It was first time working with ESPN and I decided it wouldn’t be my last either.
This started a long relationship with me and ESPN for years to come.
While working for ESPN, I have met numerous athletes that are referred as the talent. ESPN and other sports networks hire former athletes and use them as analysts during the live broadcast. When you see them on TV, you think of them as just as athletes and not real people. One in particular made a real impression on me…
Her name was Jen Hoffman. Jen was a volleyball player from Louisville. I have met her twice in my time with ESPN doing volleyball matches. Jen was great at her job and knew her stuff about the sport. Doing the off moments, I got to know Jen. She was pregnant the first time around. She was having a little girl. Come to find out, she also won the Amazing Race with her sister. How cool is that??! The second time around, she had her beautiful baby girl. When I went up to her, she actually remembered me. That hit me pretty hard.
It gave me a new sense of who these people really are. It made me realize that they really are people and have emotions and feelings. They are not athletes who need to have a sense of gloating to others. They care about the people they meet and the people that help them out. I have a new found respect for the talent.
Cast calls are usually 7 or 8 hours before the live event The first I showed up to the call, I thought they were crazy for having all of us here that early. I thought it was a waste of time and payroll for ESPN. I always wondered why we were needed this early. My internship mentor just say just wait…
We arrive at the event and everything is normal until it happened. We lost power to the TV truck. I have never seen so many people move around so fast in that tiny little truck. We tried everything we could think of to fix the problem and nothing was working. We spent hours trying to find a solution to the problem. It finally clicked in someones head that a certain wire needed to be replaced. As soon as the wire was replaced, everything came on as if nothing happened…
It taught me a valuable lesson for that day, never doubt the cast call!
As I transferred to the University of Alabama, I was put into a world of numerous opportunities. I applied for several internships that I thought I would be perfect for. I was denied and it did dishearten me. My mom luckily has a family friend who works with ESPN and the Memphis Grizzlies. I was hesitant to ask him in the first place. Who wants a college kid to follow them around at their job? I got to courage to ask him and he said yes. It all just went from there. It helped me spread my wings and fly toward my goals.