Today a woman at one of my shoots was asking me a bunch of questions about my job. She pointed out that I must meet all different types of people-some really crazy ones. I told her that yes, I do meet some crazy people. But more often than that, I meet normal, typical, nice Staten Islanders.
One of the best and worst parts of my job is getting to meet these people. I say that because I really like meeting people who do a lot for the community, or even those who are just on the scene of something newsworthy. Sometimes I even enjoy meeting the crazies because I get a good story out of it (more on that in a later blog post).
But the worst part has to do with all my own issues. Anyone who knows me will tell you I’m loud, friendly, and outgoing. But that’s only around people I know well. If I don’t know you well, I’m usually shy and reserved. Often times, I’m even socially awkward around people I don’t know. So coming into contact with new people every day is difficult for me.
The thing about this job is that you can’t let something like social awkwardness get to you. If I did, I wouldn’t be able to do my job. So being a news assistant has broken me out of my shell quite a bit. I’m now so used to going up to people I don’t know that I don’t even think twice about it. It has made me more outgoing and more willing to speak up. Even though it has been painful at times, I’m glad for it. Having to talk to random people at a gas station and ask them to let me interview them on camera gave me more life skills than my college classes ever did.
Sometimes it still gets to me, but I like to think that I’ve come really far since I started just over a year ago. I’m letting more of my own personality show through immediately when I meet someone, and I think that can only lead to good things (unless they hate my personality-but that’s their problem).
I’m hoping that I can progress even further in the future, and that one day standing out on the boardwalk or at a gas station asking random people about their political beliefs won’t even faze me. Until then, if you see me and my camera, be nice and come over for a chat-I’m friendly, I promise!