People ask me all the time how I became a Weather Anchor. So I thought I'd share my experience, although, I think my journey is a little different than many.
For some reason, I had a lot of friends who happened to be news reporters & anchors. They would always tell me that this was something I should get into, especially hosting or doing the weather. It's something that I was interested in for a very long time, but I assumed I had to go back to college, and that did NOT sound exciting to me.
With the nudging of my friends, I decided that it was time to follow my dreams and pursue a career in weather forecasting...even if it meant going back to school. So I quit my high paying job, started taking meteorology classes, & began an internship at a cable station. I made a resume tape with the help of a couple of friends in the news business...which, by the way, was horrible! SO extremely embarrassing! I should post it one of these days for a good laugh! lol!
I told my boss at the internship that I was hoping to get a job within a couple of months. He said I had moxy (I've heard that quite a bit!), but that it generally takes people about a year to get a job. One YEAR?!? Come on! That's bananas! I decided to reject his statement since I was not willing to wait that long. I knew I had it in me to work hard and get a job much sooner. It was October, and I was really hoping for a job by January. He seemed to think it was cute that I was naive enough to think such a ridiculous thing was possible. Um...ok...but I planned to make it happen.
A friend of mine was getting married in Hawaii, so I flew out there for the wedding. Right before I left, I emailed all of the News Directors at the stations out there & asked if they'd meet with me. They were all so gracious and met with me to give me feedback on my absurd resume tape.
Stay tuned for part 2 of "How I became a Weather Anchor"...