1. Thursday, November 19, 2020

    try not to suck 

    a few times a year i speak to college journalists.

    who knows why.

    recently i Zoomed into a high school journalism class.

    i said, look, im just a guy who lives in a van by the river, but i know this — so much of the world, so much of your competition are horrible at what they do.

    they’re not into it. they only do it for the money. they dont study. they dont practice. they dont live and breathe it.

    you will find yourself in jobs you dont care about. do me this favor. if you find yourself doing journalism half assedly, you either quit or write me

    my email address is tony at tony pierce dot com.

    and i will help you find another gig because there are so few journalism jobs out there these days that it’s so not cool for people to be taking up a slot that could be given to someone who really loves it. who reads newspapers, who reads books, who figures out how to get stories read, who figures out how to write and produce in interesting ways.

    so if you are hating waking up in the morning to go to work i will help you get the job you really want.

    this class sent me the best care package today. they gave me a shirt, a keychain and a postcard from their idyllic town. it made me think, wow, what did i say to them? cuz who knows when youre getting through to teens. theyre harder to read than girlfriends.

    but now that i see this tshirt on theo epstein (pictured), one that i have but dont wear much because it never fit me well, i can just boil it down for them next time – try not to suck.

    time goes so quickly.

    i moved to california 36 years ago. it seems like yesterday. literally.

    yes ive done shitloads and all of that, but i seriously remember clearly that first summer in santa monica. i was obsessed with learning everything i could about LA. everything seemed to ring a bell. every major street or town was something i had heard on TV or movies or read somewhere.

    id go to a gas station and think, oh this is near UCLA, i wonder if Kareem ever pumped gas here?

    little would i have guessed that one day i would launch a blog with him.

    a blog that did not suck.

    and the best part about that and other memories that i have about giving 100% — any time someone asks me about them, a smile comes to my face.

    and a million funny stories.

    do what you love and you’ll never stop smiling.