How important is knowing sports people, broadcasters and people who are in the field of sports entertainment, to get into the business?
I am studying Broadcast Communication at North Central College in Naperville, IL and I want to know if I should contact broadcasting firms and meet people who are already in the field to get into the business. #communications #sports-management #broadcast-media #public-relations
To answer your question, the answer is yes - it's always important to network, in any business. The thing is, while there are people who will give you advice specifically to network, etc, I approach it from a different perspective. If you really love what you do, you will wake up every day asking something like, "What else can I do in this industry today?" If you have that kind of drive, you will naturally gravitate to doing productive things and meeting "the right" people.
If you have to be told, "You need to get internships," or things like that, then you're simply not going to make it in this (or any other) business. To come to someone like me and say, "I have a ton of drive but I don't know how to channel it," that's fine. That's what people like me are here to help you do, but if we have to tell you things like, "Make sure to do your networking," then you don't have enough drive to start and you simply won't make it. If you have the drive, you'll naturally and without being told just start doing things that will eventually move you into the circles you desire.
Hope this helps!
Caleb Reid’s Answer
Nowadays, it's (almost) all about who you know in order to get your foot in the door. Like Carol, my career path took off the way it did simply by networking. I connected with a producer who actually had graduated from my high school in 1989. From there, I was able to shadow and work on his show and I met even more people along the way who saw my work ethic, ultimately getting me to where I am now. Use LinkedIn and websites like these to learn and grow your knowledge of the business and find out what opportunities await you to do so. Hope this helps!
Networking will never hurt you. I got my job purely through networking with my school's alumni, earning an internship, and then remaining in contact with the people that I met and got to know. If you want to learn more about the business and prove yourself and your interest in the process definitely reach out to people in your field of interest.