I'm writing you from my hotel room in Barcelona, unable to sleep and excited about the adventure that lies ahead.
Two years ago if you told me I'd be in the position I'm in today... I would have probably rolled my eyes and giggled in disbelief. Through an incredible series of events I'm starting to feel like my career is taking off. Which Direction? Not sure... but I know its going to be one hell of a ride.
Two years ago I had just graduated form the University of Texas and decided to take one last internship before moving into the "real world". I finished working at Conan on TBS (which was amazing) and found myself in New York City working for the funniest funny guy in TV. The "Taj Mahal" of late night meets news. Stephen Colbert and The Colbert Report. He had the best job in the world... educating people but also making the world smile a little bigger (Knowing the show is now over is heartbreaking). It was the best summer of my life (I did have to also hold down two jobs in between my internship) but I made friends I would never forget and I learn enough life lessons to get me through the hard-times to come.
And boy did they come. Next I found myself back in the city of angels, struggling for work. I had done a little work for an audience coordinating company who agreed to give me as many shifts as they could... that income combined with the fact my friends were allowing me to room with them for free kept me from moving back to Texas.
I always knew I wanted to be in front of the camera--- So I sent out a tape I had made back in college to a few news stations and, one finally bit. I was to work an hour outside LA proper and be reporting for a small cable station in Palmdale, CA. I was only there 6 months before I left due to some family matters. But I did learn a lot. I learned that I didn't want to go about things normally. You see, in the TV business it is very common for us "youngsters" to spend 2-5 years in 2 or 3 small markets before "making it". I didn't have time for that... and honestly I didn't think I needed to spend that much time waiting around for things to happen... So through a couple of wacky moves, I found myself in San Diego, CA.
San Diego is such an incredible place. There are literally not words to describe the laid-back, welcoming atmosphere this city provides. That being said, the first place that hired me in San Diego wasn't a station, but it was Jetpack America. I had signed up to become a jetpack pilot and instructor and I honestly thought "Well this is it for me". I was so happy. Poor, but happy. I almost never wore shoes to work, had relaxing hours, got to hang out with the best group of people in the world... oh yeah and I got to teach people how to fly jetpacks. Life was good... but again something was missing. Did I want to get back in front of the camera?--- Well, why not send my tape out to all the stations and see what happens.
Bam. A station actually wanted me. I couldn't believe it. That's how I ended up at San Diego 6. I started out as a writer and producer with a couple of "newsroom hits" on the weekends. A few months later, I was trained by the most amazing Meteorologist (Sabrina Fein) to fill-in and do weather when someone was sick... then I was filling in for live reports... then evening news.. then sports. After only being there a littler over a year. I have done it all (well almost).
Now a few months ago things started to shake up. I started sideline reporting for Fox Sports San Diego on the side as well as working at San Diego 6. But I was offered up something even more unique in the midst of it all. I was asked to represent the USA at the International SCUBA pageant in Malaysia. Blown away, I secured a sponsor through Body Glove and Dive N' Surf and was one my way (Holla at my sponsors, you guys are amazing)
I spent two weeks off from my world of Jetpack and Reporting in Malaysia to compete. A week of diving and a week of pageantry later... I had won the whole thing and couldn't be happier. I've been diving since 2010 and had always loved my time underwater--- but I never thought it would lead me here. Now I have the chance to travel the world and share my love of diving as well as drum-up more and more interested in what's going on in the world of Marine Conservation. I, Tabitha Lipkin, am also SCUBA Queen International 2014 and I couldn't be more ecstatic.
I'll still be reporting and jetpacking in-between trips around the world... but honestly, I don't know what 2015 will hold or what this year is going to look like. Lots of exciting things are ahead of me, but I'm still not sure what to make of it. :P Nothing wrong with a long road ahead as long as you've got a great view.
Feel free to follow me on my journey :)