I'm at a loss and at the end of my rope. I've been searching for a new job for a year and while I've gotten great response to my tape, I've had no offers and no interviews. I've received very nice comments, that's it. My boss loves my work, I've won awards, reporters I know in big markets say I'm turning out excellent stuff. And I'm not just asking friends for feedback.
I'm a team player, never cause trouble in the newsroom, a decent human being. There are no skeletons in my closet.
So why haven't I found a job?
Well, this won't make you feel better, but you're not alone. There are a lot of talented people out there who are struggling to find a new job. Talent without success can be frustrating and make you want to pull your hair out. What's even more frustrating is seeing someone with less talent who has a better job than you do.
You haven't found a job simply because the timing wasn't right, the NDs who loved you didn't have the appropriate opening, you didn't fit the demographic they were looking for, they couldn't afford you, they wanted someone local, the GM overruled them, etc.
Just about every successful person out there was rejected at some point for some reason. And here's the one thing I want you to take from this: those rejections often have nothing to do with talent.
Harry Potter was rejected by twelve publishers (who are now kicking themselves.) Just an example of talent needing to find the right home. Next time you talk to one of those people in big markets, ask them how many times they were rejected. You might be surprised to find that success is often a long and winding road. There are many roads you can take to get home; some people just have to travel a little longer. Hang in there.
Our sweeps idea meeting is next week. I know you put out a list of obviously sarcastic sweeps ideas every year, but how about putting out a real list for November? Little help?
I'll take it under advisement. Though the sarcasm gene is dominant in my case.
Just wondering if you ever worked as a one-man-band.
Nope. We didn't have those back in the day.
I did grab a camera and tried to shoot a fire once when there were no photogs available. But I "reverse rolled"... which means the tape was rolling when I thought it was paused and vice versa. Got some excellent video of my feet.
I was blessed to work with many talented photogs, and wish most of you could enjoy the same experience.