Last week I had the fortunate opportunity to land an interview with Pat Evans, co-anchor of KARE 11, for my media profile assignment. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and learned so much that I decided I'd share what I discovered with you today.
Here's a part of my media profile assignment...
"I never saw myself as a news anchor when I was little," says Evans, "even in college I thought I'd eventually go into government". Evans wanted to be a U.S. Senator. It wasn't until partway through his time at the University of San Francisco did he discover journalism might be his path. He took a broadcast class and immediately began to adore the work. He knew what his new end goal was and would do anything to get there.
Right out of college Evans landed a job with Twin Cities Statement as a column writer. It wasn't exactly what he had wanted, but at least he got his foot in the door.
"I knew I was close," explains Evans, "I knew that once I was in the business it'd be much easier to get to where I wanted to be." Evans was correct. Soon enough he received a job at KOLD-TV CBS as a meteorologist.
"Be open to change," advises Evans, "you never know what life is going to throw at you, so be ready to catch it." Catching is definitely what Evans has done throughout his journey. He's seized every opportunity thrown at him and ran with them.
His time at the University of San Francisco also provided Evans with plenty of opportunities to get ahead. Evans utilized school clubs to gain connections and also constructed close relationships with professors that had pull in his future field. Not only that, but he sought out the school's career center to land a couple internships so he would have the experience necessary to even land an interview in his competitive job market.
"I learned quite quickly that I was not alone," Evans explains. This was true. Every year thousands upon thousands of recent journalism graduates are out looking for their big break. There's simply just not enough space in the dream careers for everyone. Evans needed impeccable timing, a little luck and maybe even some pixie dust.
Evans did get lucky. While working for Twin Cities Statement he kept his ears open for his next opportunity. Evans knew he didn't want to be a column writer forever. His advice to anyone who wants to get their foot in the door is to do two things: remain curious and listen.
"So many people in our 24/7 endless cyber-connected culture forget the importance of merely sitting back and listening," says Evans, "We rely so heavily on being active around the clock. We need to sometimes relax a little and let the good news come to us."
Evans life has been fortunately been full of good news. He's got a career most others would kill for and a loving family to come home to each night. Even with all of this he'd be open to new opportunities, more good news.
"I'd love to try my hand at something a tad more creative," explains Evans, "a talk show or hosting a game show would be a lot of fun and I'm always up for new experiences."
If your dream is to be an anchor, then go for it. As Evans teaches, you can be whatever you want to be. Never give up on your dreams, always be curious and every once in a while take a moment to listen. This is Evans advice to all future reporters and anchors out there. Go for it.