Jordan Joseph spent three years working in a news station. She started out as a summer intern and worked her way up to being a producer on a morning news show. But once she landed the position she always thought she wanted, reality set in. And the reality of her job just wasn't matching the dream she had worked so hard to achieve.
AN INTERVIEW WITH JORDAN JOSEPH
How did you end up working in news?
My entire life I've always known that I was meant to be a storyteller. I didn't know how I'd do it, but I knew that I wanted to tell real stories about real people. It wasn't until I was 16 years old when I realized that working News was what I was supposed to do. I looked at journalists as being superheros because I saw how they could help influence change. Soledad O'Brien was my favorite and I wanted to be like her.
When did you know it wasn't for you?
I worked at a news station for about three years. I started out as a summer intern and by the time I left I was a producer on the morning show. I've done everything from answering phones and running scripts to putting together an entire newscast; having influence over what stories were being told and I loved it. It was my dream; but the amount of stress I was under made it too hard for me to stay. When you're a producer you're basically a juggler; your mind has to be on a million things all at once. The stress of wanting to make sure that I got everything "right" was too much for me to handle. I wasn't eating or sleeping and I would bring all of my anxieties from work home with me. That's when I knew it was time for me to leave; when I started feeling like my job was taking over my life.
Was it hard to leave?
Leaving my job at a news station was by far the hardest thing I've ever done; I'm still amazed that I did. I'm a planner. I'm a goal-oriented person who maps out their every move before they make one and here I was quitting my dream job to go do something new without even knowing what it would be. I got the courage to leave when I saw that I wasn't really living I was existing; going day-to-day just waiting for Friday to come and hating when Monday rolled around. I'm too young for that! Yes, I got my dream job working and I'm so grateful for all of the amazing experiences I had there and life long friendships I've made, but now I realize it's time for me to find a new dream.
What would you tell aspiring journalists who get into the business and figure out it's not for them?
For anyone aspiring to be a journalist I say YES!!! That's great! There are millions of stories to be told and the world needs your voice; but just make sure you love it. Make sure it's your passion because it is definitely not glamorous. You're going to have long days, hard hours and a load of obstacles you'll have to overcome every single day. I won't lie, it's hard but if you love it then you won't mind the hardships. But if one day you realize that you don't love it anymore there's no shame in walking away. It may be scary but standing up for yourself and saying that you want to do something and live a life that truly makes you happy; I think that's just about one of the bravest things a person can do.
*This interview was edited for grammar and content.