Growing up, I always knew what I wanted to do when I was older, but I never understood what the job was. I have always wanted to be on television and have the opportunity to be around celebrities. I could not sing; dance and acting were not my forte, but I loved to read and write. As I was growing up, I started falling in love with the idea of becoming a journalist without even knowing it yet.
A recurring question presented in several television shows that I had picked up on was, “Was it Charlotte Brontë, Jane Austen, or Thomas Hardy who first made you fall in love with literature?” My answer would be Jane Austen.
The 80s television show “Full House” star actor Bob Saget’s character Danny Tanner’s career was a sport broadcaster who soon went on to be a co-host on “Wake Up San Francisco.” The 2003 hit romantic comedy “How to Lose a Guy In 10 Days” star Kate Hudson played the part of Andie Anderson, a writer for the women’s magazine Composure as the subject-matter expert for a series of “How to” articles. Being a reporter, being on or having my talk show to writing for a hip magazine are all jobs I would die for and experience in my career.
Rory Gilmore pursued her career as a journalist from high school throughout college. Watching “Gilmore Girls” on TV at a young age made me realize and learn that journalism was what I always wanted to do in life. I wanted to be like Rory. I wanted to grow up and experience everything she was doing. Now here I am, nineteen, writing and being a part of the executive board for my college newspaper. I was an Arts and Entertainment writer and editor for the Husky Herald at Harrison High School, New York, and now I am a writer for The Spectrum newspaper, Circulation Manager and Assistant Public Relations Editor, and this is only the beginning.
So many people in your life can love you, but people believing in you is harder to come by. I have done so much in my slow start of pursuing a career in journalism, and several people in my life did not believe I could ever do this or be where I am today. The people who are waiting around for me to fail are, surprisingly, my biggest supporters in a way.
Journalism matters, and I strive to put something out there in the news world and be remembered as one of the great journalists I am constantly learning about. One day, I was sitting at my desk researching Gay Talese, a famous journalist on whom I needed to write my paper based on his success. I wanted to be one of the greats in my field that journalism students must write a ten-page final essay about me one day.
Now a sophomore at Sacred Heart as a Media Arts: Broadcast Journalism major, the ultimate foresees of what my future is going to be like. I always believed that one just like me can do whatever they want life if they just set their mind to it and give it 110%.
I want to be casually shopping in my local grocery store and for someone to see me and say, “Aren’t you that woman from TV?”
I’m Samantha Marano, and we will be right back after the break.