Why I Decided to Trust the Process and Hustle with Heart
My name is Carli.
I am a 27-year-old aspiring journalist –I am a dreamer.
I graduated from the University of Bridgeport, and now, two and a half years later, I’ve yet to land my dream job.
Trusting the Process
I’ve worked alongside Hot 97’s infamous DJ, Funkmaster Flex and, Tat Wza. I’ve written for InFlexWeTrust and Hot97.com. I’ve interned as a production assistant for NJTV in Newark, NJ. For a semester, I traveled a few days a week from Connecticut to New Jersey with literally just enough money to get me there and back.
I’ve worked as a Communications Coordinator for the first African-American (and, first woman) Mayor of the city of New Haven, CT for her re-election campaign in 2017. Then, I landed a job at WTNH News 8 (New Haven) as an Assignment Editor. It wasn’t exactly what I wanted but, it was what I needed to get my foot in the door. Or, so I thought.
Life as an assignment editor made me not only question myself but, also my work ethic. It broke me. I was working crazy hours, doing so much for so little. I was doing all the right things for my career but, I still wasn’t seeing any movement.
I wasn’t satisfied, nor was I happy.
I had people telling me I didn’t want it bad enough. I even had people tell me I’d never be on TV. (Nods to Oprah) People tried to tell me to change my career path because I’d never make it in the industry. After while, words do get to you. I started giving up on myself and, on my dream.
And, then, I was fired from my city’s local TV station.
Hustling with Heart
I thought I lost it all after being fired. I thought I’d never land a spot back in the news industry again. I picked up a waitressing/bartending job where while I was making quite a bit of money, I still wasn’t doing what I’d dreamed of. I was depressed and had no idea what to do next.
I was sending out my resume, calling old colleagues, asking for advice and, praying that someone, somewhere, would hire me to do what I actually wanted to do.
Then, I received an email.
A woman who interviewed me for a position back in September had messaged me. I didn’t get the job I had interviewed for but, she offered me something similar and, even better.
The lesson here: NEVER give up on yourself and, what you want out of life. Never doubt yourself and your ability to make things happen. Keep an open mind, continue to chase your dreams. Hustle, work extremely hard but, most importantly –pray.
God works in mysterious ways. I’ve learned that sometimes when you’re not brave enough to walk away from something that isn’t for you, He will take it from you — and hand you something even better.
No one got anywhere in life waiting for something to happen. Make it happen.
“Anything you see in your mind, you can hold in your hand.” – Steve Harvey
Carli Knox is a contributing writer for The New Journalist.
She obtained her B.A. in Communications from the University of Bridgeport, CT. She’s worked in television and radio and, aspires to be a news reporter.