My Passion for TV
After graduating with a degree in Mass Communication, I thought that all would be well in the job industry. I had good papers and my dreams of becoming a news anchor were not far from being realized. At least that is what I thought during my graduation ceremony. I had all reasons to believe that I was armed with the right tools to land a well paying job.
However, that was very far from reality. Two years down the line, I was still jobless and every media house that I turned to seemed to reason that I was not good enough to work for them despite advertising vacant positions. I was almost getting frustrated and the very thought that I was still leaving at my parent’s house drove me crazy. But my options were limited and I had to live with that no matter how empty I felt inside me.
Dad had this notion that I was not putting much effort in my job search, a fact which was a lie. I never wanted to rely on them again especially since I had completed my education, but again, I had no better choice.
Lack of Job Helped me Shift My Perception in the Entertainment Industry
As frustration was getting toll of me, I felt that something had to e done differently because I was almost getting frustrated. I had to change my perception or the mode that I was using to seek for an employment opportunity. The harder I thought about this, the emptier I felt. I was slowly getting depressed.
One day as I was coming from church, a grisly road accident happened just as I was about to cross the road. As pedestrians gather at the accident scene, while others calling ER for help, I stood there gazed not knowing what help to offered. I was at the scene for about 15 minutes before the ER team arrived and drove the victims to hospital. Two people lost their lives and were also driven away. Shortly as I was about to leave the scene, two different media teams arrived and they started interviewing those who had witnessed what had happened. I was one of the interviewees as I had witnessed the accident occurs and narrated to them what I saw.
Becoming an Investigative Journalist was the Key to Securing my Future Career
That evening in the evening news, I was on TV narrating the incident. My dad was the first to ask me how well I could narrate about the incident yet I was failing to secure a job as a newscaster. I question myself about that too.
While in my room that night, I decided that I had realized my opportunity to act differently. All I needed was a camera good video camera and my video editing skills. I decided to become a private investigative journalist.
That very night, I ordered a good dedicated digital video camera from eBay and then spent that night strategizing what I would be doing as a private photojournalist. A did some quick research and then outlined my roles and schedule which I was to stick to.
The camera arrived after two day and by then I was through with outlining my duties. Foe the next 6 months I spent going from place to place of accident or crime scenes. Then at night I would edit the video footage that I had gathered and add my views. Yet, still, not much of my work was appreciated by media houses. I didn’t give up though.
Then one day I had a breakthrough. There was a corruption scandal in the department of immigration and I had an inside friend there who helped me get some facts that other media houses couldn’t gather. I did my work diligently as I gathered all the necessary facts for about two weeks and then spent a week putting two and two together.
I was able to come up with a very good story which became a hit and several of the media houses that I approached wanted me to sell it to them. But I had a different condition, they give me a job. That is how I ended up getting a full time employment in one of the leading media houses as an investigative journalist. Hope one day I will become a newscaster though I quiet enjoy what I’m doing.