Where will I go after college? How will I survive in the media field when so many jobs are being cut from CBC to Bell Media? What makes me different from the rest of the candidates looking for a job? These are all questions that used to go through my head everyday, as I was finishing up my second year in the Television and Broadcasting program. It’s hard to say what will happen in the future, and no one really knows exactly. Everything these days is heading towards an online medium and places like CBC and Cogeco are trying to adapt. The ones who don’t adapt well let’s just say they end up becoming Blockbuster. The message here, I worried too much and it really took a slash at my performance and something needed to change.
From comparing myself to others, to looking at other people’s reels online, I often find myself thinking, “How am I ever going to compete with somebody like that?” Others might think competition motivates you; in my case it did just the opposite. I found myself wasting a lot of my time looking at everybody else’s accomplishments, and not focusing on my own. All my life I had been looking at people’s gear from cameras to lenses and thinking that was how they obtained such incredible results, truth be told, it wasn’t. You can have the most expensive gear in the world and still not know how to use it effectively.
The things that have helped me to learn to this day, are working with what you got, a lot of the people you see today, didn’t just start off with a $50,000 dollar camera, no, they worked their way up to that point. The other problem was that I just didn’t seem to think positive enough; I was always stuck on the negative side of things, which in the long run isn’t healthy and just makes me a person that nobody wants to be around.
Stop worrying and focus on the present, every day is a moment for an accomplishment and those small achievements work up to the big picture, in the physical exercise world they’re called “gains.” If you put enough hard work and dedication into whatever it is you are trying to get into, odds are somebody will take notice.
And last but not least being original always helps. I’m talking about the first person who decided to take a risk, by putting their resume in a shoe with it saying “Just trying to get my foot in the door.” Of course, now if you or someone else were to do that it just seems stupid, cause it was already done before and odds are somebody in the hiring department has had someone copy the idea. Don’t be generic be different!
Concentrate on being the best you can be, and stop living in the past, and what you didn’t do or worrying about the future. The past is gone and the future is unpredictable. You’re always going to make mistakes whether you like it or not and all you can do is learn from them. Don’t worry about tomorrow, worry about what you can do today, and how you can use your time effectively. I’m no expert, but doing these things has sure helped me to become who I am today.
Welcome to Storm as a guest blogger on the ABC:Alumni Blog Connection. Storm is working in the Alumni Office this Fall, producing videos and other content to be used on the Alumni website and social media.