I'd imagine there are quite a few of you reading this now who have aspirations of following in the footsteps of people like Chris Harris, James May, Richard Hammond, Johnny Smith, Jeremy Clarkson, Alex Kersten... the list goes on. All the people I've mentioned are extremely successful automotive journalists each with incredibly different backgrounds and training, I mean James has a music degree for goodness sake. Anyway with all this said It still doesn't take away from my burning desire to follow in their footsteps and to do in the words of the great philosopher Clarksonius "The Greatest Job in The World." And after some words of wisdom from James may who said the best thing to do to become an automotive journalist is to post articles online I have decided to write this...I hope you enjoy.
The First thing I want to talk about is the different ways some of my heroes got into automotive journalism, First up is Jeremy Clarkson who followed a slightly more traditional route of first training as a print journalist for a local newspaper and starting out by reporting for I believe "The Rotheram Advertiser" and then writing small pieces on Peugeots and Fiats, eventually working his way up to the Lamborghinis and Ferraris he is still known for today the subsequent job working for a pokey motoring show in 1988 called "Top Gear" Firing Jeremy's Career into the stratosphere. Jeremy also founded the Motoring Press agency with Johnathan Gill. This approach I will refer to as the old school traditional route i.e. trained in journalism then started with columns in local newspapers etc. but with jeremy saying it was 10 years before he drove a Lamborghini, Personally I am way way way too impatient for that so this way is out.
Next I would like to talk about the James May approach or "The how the hell did I end up here approach" in this approach you study nothing to do with automotive journalism then wake up one morning and decide "this might be fun" and then turn out to be immensely talented at it and end up writing for Autocar only to get fired for one of the best pranks ever played. subsequently going into TV and becoming one third of the biggest automotive institutions ever. This I feel may not be a particularly viable option sounds easy and great fun but for every one James may who ends up mega rich and famous there are thousands who become begrudging bin men...... or tramps.
Best. Prank. Ever.
There is a third way The Alex Kersten way which invloves doing a course in Coventry University in automotive journalism and after some extensive research I think this could be the way I choose It seems the most logical route and spending time on a course spending time with lots of like minded passionate people can only benefit someone looking to break into a creative industry.
Now with all this said. None of these may work and I will end up working a mundane 9-5 office job and be genuinely miserable......or I could end up working for some motoring magazine driving someone else's Ferrari.
I know which outcome I'd prefer.
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Thanks for reading.