My name is Rian (pronounced Ryan) and I’m 23 years old from Minnesota. I am a recent college grad. I graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Sport Management, and I’m currently a Visual Product Coordinator at Shop HQ, which is a home shopping television network.
What inspired you to get into Sports Management?
I’ve always loved sports and growing up, I was put in just about every sport. I played basketball, tennis, ran track, was a pitcher in fast pitch, and I was also a competitor dancer for more than 10 years. After High school, I turned my passion for playing sports into working in the industry. I’ve been a youth tennis coach for four years, and have worked at various sporting events, including Super Bowl LII, which was in my hometown Minneapolis Minnesota in 2018
What is some words of wisdom you would give to others around the word who aspire to do what you do?
I would say GO FOR IT! If you have a passion for sports and/or if you’re currently an athlete and want to pursue a career in the field, do it! Even if you don’t have a passion for sports, whatever industry you’re in, there’s something out there for YOU! For example, there’s a variety of avenues you can take within the sports industry, which is what makes this type of career field exciting and unique. If you’re more of the creative type, you could maybe work in graphics or marketing for a sports team. If you’re more of a numbers’ person, working in accounting or running stats and other data for an organization would be options. If you’re someone who needs to be a part of the live action, you could pursue a career in coaching, sports reporting or photography. Whatever it is, there are so many opportunities out there. Don’t be afraid to get uncomfortable either. I think that’s something I’ve always struggled with; thinking I’m not good enough or don’t have the experience, but at the end Of the day, that’s okay, and you will continue to learn throughout your career field.
What some powerful words to live by that’s truly incredibly said by you ️, what’s something you’ve struggled with in life past or present?
A few phrases I’ve continued to live by have been “everything happens for a reason,” and “control what you can control.” Sometimes I can get caught up in negativity; I think it’s safe to say we’ve all been caught up in some form of negativity in our life, but it’s important to take a step back, take a deep breath and tell yourself “hey, this is out of my control.” You may not be able to control something or what someone has said or done to you but you can control how you respond or act upon something and go from there. It’s also important to know theres a reason behind everything that happens in your life; whether you realize it or not, everything is lined up perfectly for each individual and you may not know the reason why right now, but in days, weeks, months, even years down the road, it will all make sense to you. It puts my mind at ease knowing this and this concept allows me to be a lot more positive day in and day out.
Wow!, what are some goals you are aiming for right now?
I think my goals right now are to continue to find what I’m truly passionate about and making a career out of it. I work in the TV industry right now and would love to find an avenue within that fits my passions for both sports and makeup/beauty. I also model and am represented by three agencies, so I might try to combine all three of these passions in my life into one, which would be a dream come true.
🏿🏿🏿 last question what is a way you would like to contribute to the world with what’s going on today?
I think one way for sure would be to use my voice more and honestly use my privilege to speak up about the injustices in the world, because white privilege is definitely real and I’ve experienced it firsthand. I’ve also seen how my black friends have been treated and it is unbelievably sad and wrong how different they are treated. I have stood alongside my black friends and their families to fight for justice and for their voices to be heard, and I think it’s important that we continue to fight for their voices to be heard because all lives can’t matter until black lives matter.
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