Embarking on a New Journey/Creating My Own Brand
Hi, if you don’t know me my name is Colin Floyd and I love sports; so much so that I want to make a career out of it.
Coming into college, and even two years in I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do with my life. Not being a part of a team after high school hit me pretty hard, so I started spending a lot of time watching sports. Other than the obvious Seahawks and Mariners games, there was always some special sporting event on: Premier league action, X games, the NBA Playoffs, March Madness and countless others. I truly fell in love with the viewing aspect of sports.
I realized that no longer being on a team didn’t mean I couldn’t still be a part of the sports world.
So I became a journalism major because it seemed like the safest bet to get a sports job. Throughout my collegiate career I’ve had the opportunity to do a lot of really cool things, like reading the news for the on-campus radio station, KUGS, or accepting the position of Sports Editor at the Western Front, and recently I got to start doing play-by-play broadcasting for WWU Athletics.
So what’s the plan?
All of these things have sent me in the right direction. But now what?
I’m graduating in the spring and still haven’t the slightest idea of EXACTLY what I want to do. Should I work for a newspaper? Should I get a radio gig? Should I uproot and move to Bristol, CT (the headquarters for ESPN)?
It wasn’t until this past weekend that a very good friend gave me the God-sent inspiration that I needed. This guy is a real go-getter; for example, he turned down a CEO gig that would have paid him $100,000 a year (he’s 22) because he wanted to bet on himself instead. He knows absolutely squat about the sports world, but man does he know business. So he tells me to bet on myself too, and that’s what I’m doing.
Betting on myself
So I’m starting Colin’s Corner, a multimedia project featuring up-and-coming athletes, delving into deeper stories and narratives that actually benefit people beyond a statline or a boxscore. I will (hopefully) be working with a different photographer for every story to provide a look at everyday life on and off the field. It may not be perfect but this is what I love to do and it’s what I’ve decided to do going forward.
God placed me on this earth for a reason and I truly believe that it’s to change people’s lives through sports stories that make an impact.