I should be getting some sleep as I have to be at my internship at 3am, but my fingers couldn’t stop twitching from the need to write and relinquish the 17 million thoughts running through my head.
If you read my last post, you know that I am in Indianapolis for the summer interning at a news station. I have been able to go out in the field with reporters, make a package, and shadow producers and the assignment desk. It has been a great experience thus far, but you know I’m going to always keep it real…
Up until sophomore year, I had a burning desire to be the next Robin Roberts or the real life Mary Jane Paul, but without the sex scandals and family drama. Yet, my perception and passion changed when I realized that my gift with words should be packaged up with a big ribbon and released into the world. I’ve been told countless times before that I have a great TV voice and would look great on camera, but that isn’t the Victoria that I see. Victoria is supposed to be writing for a magazine, creative platform, or the next big show on Netflix and Hulu. Victoria should touch and inspire people with words that have a resonating impact that extend beyond a 5pm news broadcast. Victoria needs a creative space that accepts trying new things and saturates the environment with freedom of expression.
Don’t get me wrong, I am extremely grateful for this opportunity that I have currently. It has shown me what I like and dislike. It has shown me what I do and do not want to do for the rest of my life and for that, I will be forever thankful for this experience. Yet, not every opportunity that you will encounter has to have a stellar, 5 star review in your book. You will take things because they sound beautiful on their face value, get into them and wish you could run to the nearest exit. You will walk into things that make your heart sing and dance while brushing your teeth and getting ready to go into that job. Walk in your OWN passion. Life is too short to live it according to what your parents what you to do or even what you think others want you to do. Put your blinders on and march full force into your passion.
I am blessed to know this early game that I do not want to pursue broadcast news. I have saved myself years of complacency and unhappiness. If you are struggling with this, I pray this post nudges you to wake up and smell the roses of opportunities that actually excite you. Just as we scream don’t settle in relationships, you shouldn’t settle when it comes to anything else just because it appears pleasant or has a nice price tag.
Also, recent college graduates and soon to be graduates (shout out to class of 2019 loading!!!) …don’t be bullied into only taking offers because your parents are desperately trying to kick you out the house or because you are trying to keep up with your peers. Your talent is beyond measure and being miserable just for the sake of having a job or moving away from home is absolute trash. Social media has pushed this agenda that you have to have all of your shit together the day you graduate and that is unrealistic. Passion runs deep, greatness takes time, and the process is essential. So I say to everyone, figure out what you really really enjoy and only partake in things that align with that or serve as stepping stones to that place. At the end of the day, you will be the one waking up everyday to chase that check, might as well be for something that you actually love.
Go forth! Here is to doing what you actually want to do *clinks wine glass*