By: Taylor Shold
Who are you and what do you do?
Natalie Stoberman and I’m a “sports journality”, a.k.a. a sports journalist and TV and sideline personality for Humber Varsity and Mississauga Power Basketball.
How did you land your current job?
Networking, a little elbow grease and creating my own job.
What is your best advice for landing a great media job?
Limit how often you turn down opportunities, even if the opportunity is not in your wheel house. First of all you never know who you’ll meet. And secondly, new experiences can pleasantly surprise you.
Two things can happen: 1) You’ll enjoy something you didn’t see yourself doing. Or, 2) You won’t enjoy it and understand why you’re striving towards a different goal. Figuring out what you’re not passionate about is just as crucial in building a career as discovering which job to pursue.
What would you tell your 18-year-old self about this business?
1) Always do your best to improve for the next show.
2) Never slack on research.
3) Be as multi-dimensional as possible.
How do you separate yourself from a field of applicants?
With the experience that I’ve accumulated in a short amount of time while still being a student-athlete. I’ve been employed to cover the NBA Playoffs, an entire varsity organization, a semi-professional basketball team in the National Basketball League of Canada, and as a sports writer in less than three years.
What is the most challenging thing for a young media professional… How do they overcome this?
This is a whirlwind industry and it’s very easy to get caught up in the fast life of sports media. There will be many times where events with family and friends will be missed, and there will especially be times where you want to throw in the towel because you’re exhausted from cramming in multiple jobs to build a resume. While it’s important to keep improving your craft, it’s just as important to shut everything off to enjoy the life behind the job and make time for yourself, family and friends. Those times will wind you back up to re-enter the ring of the working world with more energy and zest to get the job done right.
You can follow Natalie on Twitter @Nat_Stoberman