I’m not sure about you, but I get slammed with people asking about a job in the outdoor industry. Of course, most want something for nothing (you know, there’s that whole “work for it” thing) but others truly have talent in video, or photography and its STILL very hard to break in.
Well, I discovered an easy “job” that most anyone can do from the comfort of their own home – and yet I wonder why no one has thought of this before!!
Its called “Be an outdoor TV reviewer”
Simple, right? All you do is review outdoor TV shows! All day long! From your couch!
I don’t understand why there isn’t someone making a name for him or herself as “THE” reviewer for all outdoor TV. Heck, I would do it except all I would do is review Sportsman Channel shows, and I would give them all 4 star ratings, of course, so that’s not very “neutral.”
There are PLENTY of outdoor bloggers out there reviewing contraptions and products from retailers, which many get for free, so of course there’s a great incentive to do it. Unfortunately, I can’t ship you a free TV, nor can I get you free cable or satellite service…so maybe that’s the kicker in why no one is doing this.
But the notoriety! The invites to all the parties at SHOT Show! You would be famous! You would be loved! (You might be hated, but you know, that comes with the territory)
Here’s how to get started:
1. Create a blog (in WordPress if you want to be smart about it)
2. Start watching all the TV shows on Sportsman Channel (ok, you can watch other channels, but it won’t be as fun)
3. Write a review about it on your blog. Perhaps offer the producer of the show a chance to respond
4. Send it out far and wide.
“But Michelle,” you say, “don’t you need qualifications to review outdoor TV?”
Of course, having some background in TV production and a vast knowledge of outdoor terms/hunts/species would be most beneficial if you want to be taken seriously, but all those TV reviewers in the big papers reviewing “Devious Maids” and “American Idol,” are they production specialists? How long have they worked behind a camera? Or on set? I would question it.
So when you get big, and you are accepting your award at the next outdoor writer’s function or SHOT Show, you just remember the “little people” i.e. me, who made it all possible.
Don’t get off the couch! Start watching more TV!