Jay Onrait is successful (duh). The broad strokes of his resume are: 10+ years hosting SportsCentre on TSN, 4 years on FS1 (FOX Sports 1) in the US, and 2 best-selling books. He’s set to return to TSN in September with Dan O’Toole….Canadians haven’t been this jazzed since the Golden Goal.
Jay was the keynote speaker at NAIT’s annual Media Broadcast day Saturday. If you’re thinking about getting into the Media, here are the Top 10 Tips I took from his presentation:
- Establish industry contacts early and put together a “demo” ASAP (read “What Color is your Parachute” for more on this)
- There is no replacement for face-to-face conversation when looking for a job.
- Embrace any city/town you land in.
- Find common ground with others to get over personality conflicts and always turn the other cheek.
- Remember: you’ll always be working when your friends and family are not. Get used to it.
- Don’t judge anything/anybody/anyplace until you get there and see/meet/experience it/them for yourself.
- Get used to hearing “no” a lot. Lose your sensitivity to it, but never stop asking.
- Writing is STILL the most important skill in this industry. Find a reason and an outlet to do it more.
- For that first job, be willing to move anywhere. Your first job is the toughest one to get.
- As of now: your social media existence is different. Be a professional because anything you say can and will be used against you.