It’s hard to believe that just a few weeks ago-I was in Iowa. It seems like another lifetime. There were tears shed at my goodbye party and as I laughed and joked with some of my closest friends this little voice nagged at me “I sure hope you are doing the right thing.”
But it’s not the first time that thought entered my mind. This is my fourth move since I graduated from college. Sometimes I feel like a ping pong ball just bouncing from state to state. It’s all because I love this business so much. News-what a tangled web you weave!
When my agent called me to tell me about the job offer in Dothan, Alabama-I almost hung up on him. I didn’t know anything about the South and had never even contemplated moving so far.
I was 99.9% sure I would never take it.
Yet here I am. Isn’t it funny the path our lives lead us down?
I have had many adventures in this business. I started my career in Duluth, Minnesota. I worked my way up there from morning show assistant producer to full time reporter. When the reporter job became available, I went straight to the News Directors office and said I would be his best candidate. He looked at me like I was nuts and said I had no experience in live television. I told him I would work for free and do all the stories nobody else wanted. He continued to look at me like I was an alien and finally I awkwardly left mumbling “I know I can do this” as I edged out the door.
A few weeks later came the devastating news that he had hired someone else. I resumed my producing duties dejected but still determined. To my surprise and elation-the guy who was hired couldn’t take the job at the last minute and they were desperate for a Reporter! There was my chance and I jumped on it. I was officially on board and since then I have lived in Alaska, Oregon, Iowa and now Alabama the BEAUTIFUL.
Determination and passion has gotten me far in life. I could never have done it without the strong network of friends I meet along the way. I never thought I would be the type of person who moved halfway across the country and made friends who turned out to be more like family.
Do I miss home? Of course I do. But almost a month into being here in Alabama I am feeling a lot more comfortable. The awkward first few weeks have passed and I am beginning to feel comfortable in my surroundings and location. The people at WTVY have welcomed me with open arms and I am so grateful. Everyone is genuine and they truly want to make me feel at ease-those things are priceless.