Why a career in motorsport?
I’ve been asked the above question so many times in my life and, since starting university, it has become more and more frequent. While my friends are wanting to persue a career in photojournalism or presenting, I’m adamant that I’ll follow the path of writing and Tweeting about motorsport for a living. It would be a dream come true.
Since the age of fourteen I’ve had an idea of what I wanted to do. I used to watch the people in the media pen with the drivers at Formula 1 races with intent. Weren’t their arms aching from holding that strange-looking device for so long? Undeterred by the thought of building some extra arm muscle, I did some research on my ancient Blackberry and found out that these people were press officers.
I read up on the role and it was as if the penny had dropped. I could combine by passion for racing with a job that couldn’t have sounded better if I had tried.
I went into a Year 10 careers meeting a couple of weeks later. The lady asked if I had any idea of what I wanted to do and of course I replied with a line about how I would love to work in motorsport.
The idea got quashed rather immediately and instead I walked away with a leaflet on BT and their apprenticeships. Apparently, this was an excellent alternative.
Anyhow, I kept watching different motorsport series every Sunday and I kept doing little plans of how I would run social media and schedule interviews. It’s funny, looking back at it. I was such a determined 14-year-old.
My first little break came in Year 11 when I attended the Autosport International Show as media for the first time. It was a crazy experience, especially for someone so young. But, I learnt a lot that weekend that has carried me to where I am today.
I created my blog a year later after being inspired by a young lady called Katy Fairman – her blog was one of the best sites I had come across and I aspired to one day be able to write like her.
Blogging, at first, was just a hobby. To get to write about something I love was an excellent feeling. But, I never imagined that it would take off in the way that it has.
I won the Sir William Lyons Award in 2016, a moment that I shall never forget. I became a member of the Autosport Junior squad, another pinch myself moment.
On the back of that I was offered an unconditional for my first choice of university – City, University of London – where I am now on the verge of finishing my first year.
I’ve had pieces published in places that I could never imagine and I get to spend some of my weekends at race circuits working as a press officer.
But, one thing has always remained clear: I want to pursue a career in motorsport because of the buzz it gives me. I get so animated when I talk about the sport, and nothing makes me happier than thinking about one day working in Formula 1 full time.
I’d love to follow in the footsteps of people like Sophie Ogg, Tabatha Valls and Charlotte Sefton – to be able to live and breathe motorsport 24/7, the experience the thrill and the adrenaline of deadlines and schedules.
I may be different for wanting a career in motorsport, but that makes me work harder. I know it’s going to be difficult, but I’ll never give up on a dream.