Media is a system of communication that enables people to influence and communicate with each other. This means of communication has always been a vast part of my life; it has shaped my personality and broadened my outlook on the world. Although it is difficult to express the emotions I have for media- as they have completely shifted throughout my life- I truly love it and aspire to follow this career path.

I come from a family that has been in the media business- specifically the television business- for the past twenty-five years. When I was younger, I despised my parents’ job; I couldn’t go out and enjoy daily activities with them like a normal young boy. Everywhere we went, people were taking pictures of us, filming us, asking my parents about the next step in their career, and about rumours that were being spread about them. Such an invasion of our privacies angered me; I felt like my parents were not protecting me and merely allowing these people disrupt our lives. These interactions made me truly detest media- I vowed to myself not to follow the same career path as my parents and to keep my distance from it.

As I grew up, the way I viewed my parents’ jobs fully shifted. I observed the way their humour and encouraging aura transmitted to their audience and positively affected their lives. In addition, I noticed that my parents weren’t being restricted. Instead, they could express their creativity and ideas freely, and be the most authentic version of themselves, an aspect which truly enabled my outlook on media to change. My parents have always adored their job, and the fact that their privacy tends to be invaded is a minor negative feature of it; I comprehended that the way you use media matters, not the exposure you obtain from it. From that point on, I started loving media- I used every resource I had to not only be influenced by others, but also to try to influence others myself. 

This transition in my perspective made me realised that I also want a career in the media business. I love my media because I can easily interact and positively influence others’ lives, because it gives me the opportunity to get in touch with unique people that come from different backgrounds, and because I can express my true self instead of having to put up a facade. I am confident that these principles will shape my personality and motivated me to be the best version of myself every day .



Published by Life in Media

Website dedicated to the Media Life/Life in Media project of Mark Deuze, Professor of Media Studies, University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands).

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