I must say, although I was nervous, there ways no way I was not taking this chance. The worst they could do is tell me “no, sorry, now leave please.”
While working the Little League Softball World Series in Delaware, I was updating their social media pages all week and relaying their stats to whomever requested them. All week I knew and looked forward to who was coming into town to broadcast the championship, ESPN. I have dreamed of working for ESPN ever since I got into journalism, and to most it never happens, and I knew that. The day they came into town, I got to the field earlier than normal and everyone seemed to be running around in panic to make sure everything was going to go as planned. And then there it was, the HUGE live truck with ESPN written on the side, my heart jumped with joy. I was just happy to be in the same place as them. Then came the chance to get introduced to a few employees, I met them because I was the person who would be relying all the stats to them.
After all was said and done and all the games were over everyone started to pack up their things. “Hers goes nothing,” I thought to myself. I gathered my thoughts and headed over to the truck. It seemed much bigger when standing next to it. I walked up the steps and knocked right on the door. “Can I help you miss?” one of the employees said as he opened the door. “Yes, sir, I’d like to introduce myself. My name is Katiann Marshall and I am a television journalism student at West Virginia University. I was just wondering if I could just talk to someone about what you guys do for ESPN.” I was so nervous and excited all at the same time. “Sure, come on in” he said. I was SHOCKED. I couldn’t believe it. I stepped inside and was greeted with the most tv screens and buttons I’ve ever seen. I then met the operations manager, Kari Gonska, and ending up just chit chatting with her and the crew for awhile.
It was a chance. Just that, a chance. I never expected to get hired for some temporary work. I ended up working with ESPN on a couple different occasions as a operations manager’s assistant. Everyone I ever met while working with that company was so polite and helpful. I will be ever grateful for the chance and opportunity to work for them.