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    Quote Originally Posted by atisha_ro View Post
    I started at 16 writing pieces on Formula 1, books, politics, whatever, and after two years or so I got to show them to an editor. And the rest is history.

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    And where did it get you?

    It's great to have a dream, but when your chances are so very small and your livelihood is dependent on it, it's best to choose another field.

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    Quote Originally Posted by howardj View Post
    And where did it get you?

    It's great to have a dream, but when your chances are so very small and your livelihood is dependent on it, it's best to choose another field.
    Let's say I'm not dying of hunger.

    Let the kid try his hand, he can change course if it doesn't work out.

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    Yeah, I don't want to sound too downbeat, but the competition is fierce.

    Unless you're an absolute standout, AND have some connections, she's a dead end.

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    I had dreams of being a cricket correspondent/journo.

    I've had to settle for being a TV producer instead.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Voltman View Post
    I had dreams of being a cricket correspondent/journo.

    I've had to settle for being a TV producer instead.
    What TV shows do you produce btw?
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    Quote Originally Posted by howardj View Post
    And where did it get you?

    It's great to have a dream, but when your chances are so very small and your livelihood is dependent on it, it's best to choose another field.
    If he doesn't have a go then he'll never find out. Better to have a crack at it than sit back later and wish he'd tried. Given he hasn't even posted any of his writing on here it's a bit unfair to shoot him down in flames. He could be one of the better writers we'll see.
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    Quote Originally Posted by howardj View Post
    You have no chance mate.

    Become a copper or a fireman.
    Quote Originally Posted by howardj View Post
    And where did it get you?

    It's great to have a dream, but when your chances are so very small and your livelihood is dependent on it, it's best to choose another field.
    Wow, why so cold and cynical Howard?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Son Of Coco View Post
    If he doesn't have a go then he'll never find out. Better to have a crack at it than sit back later and wish he'd tried. Given he hasn't even posted any of his writing on here it's a bit unfair to shoot him down in flames. He could be one of the better writers we'll see.
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    Wow, why so cold and cynical Howard?
    True, but people should be exposed to the realities of any profession. I've found it hasn't always been the case and you only find out down the track that things have been extensively sugar coated.
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    I can't believe the voices of despair here.

    Isaac, my advice to you is to get an education, do a journalism course, write a blog, contribute articles to websites like this, do piles and piles of voluntary work with newspapers, write for your school magazine, write for your local paper, get your name and your face known in the right circles. You might make it, and if you're determined and able then it's quite possible that you'll succeed. And even if you don't manage to make a career of it, getting the sort of experience that I've given examples of will be incredibly useful to you in whatever else you end up choosing to do.

    Good luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by zaremba View Post
    I can't believe the voices of despair here.

    Isaac, my advice to you is to get an education, do a journalism course, write a blog, contribute articles to websites like this, do piles and piles of voluntary work with newspapers, write for your school magazine, write for your local paper, get your name and your face known in the right circles. You might make it, and if you're determined and able then it's quite possible that you'll succeed. And even if you don't manage to make a career of it, getting the sort of experience that I've given examples of will be incredibly useful to you in whatever else you end up choosing to do.

    Good luck!
    Yeah, I echo that.

    Im moving into something that even a few months ago I wouldnt have believed was a realistic possibility. Even the remote and unlikely happens, you just have to go for it.

    My advice though, when entering a field with tough competition and fierce rivals, is to always have a back up plan.
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    Personally, would love to get into cricket journalism too. It's a bit of an ideal-scenario job for me though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pasag View Post
    True, but people should be exposed to the realities of any profession. I've found it hasn't always been the case and you only find out down the track that things have been extensively sugar coated.
    Being told you are 'no chance' and should give up isn't a 'realistic assessment' of the profession. Particularly when you don't know anything about his attitude towards his objective to be a journalist, nor his writing quality.

    Cricket journalism may be tough to get into (and if so, succeed in), but there are many other professions far tougher.

    Plus, no where in his post did he say he wanted to be a Sambit Bal or Harsha Bhogle and make lots of money from this. Those situations are rare, but being a cricket journalist is hardly climbing Everest with one leg.

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    I'm happy enough being an unpaid cricket journalist when I post.

    Don't be stealing my material Isaac, good luck.

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