The college experience is generally fairly universal overall. Campus students are usually obsessed with exams and essays and have the brightest fraternity next weekend.
All of this is a bit more complicated for Emily Austin.
For the past year and a half, a 20-year-old junior at Hofstra University in New York has balanced school life with a shockingly successful tenure on social media and television. graduation.
“Who did you meet this weekend?” Emily casually muses on the phone. “I met Lil Wayne and Soulja Boy this weekend. I ended up making friends with Soulja Boy.”
But none of it-hosting gigs, celebrity friendships, modeling deals between brands and Puma and Boxy charms-couldn’t have happened. When Emily first enrolled in Hofstra, she planned to pursue a medical career.
“My mother’s family always thought I would be a doctor,” she admits. “But my dad … always pointed out sports anchors on TV and news reporters. He said,” Emily, you’re going to be on TV someday. I know you’re going to be a broadcaster. I know. “” What are you talking about? “
It turned out that her father was right. Broadcast journalism had the potential talent to simmer just below the surface and needed the right catalyst for it to emerge. That catalyst? COVID-19 pandemic.
It was the second semester of Emily’s freshman year, and she was tired of endlessly binging TV to spend time.
“I was fed up with it,” she recalls. “Because I made friends with professional athletes at Knicks, I decided,’I just turned to a sports journalism major, why don’t you do something productive?’ It won’t happen again. I never take two months off college to think about what I want to do, so it was like a blessing and a curse. “
Emily decided to put the matter in her hands because she didn’t have a useful internship that could advance her future outlook. “I started very simply. Instagram lives with Q & A for professional athletes. We got involved with our fans and got really, really good feedback. For each player, Zoom instead of Instagram Live. I started doing it with, and according to the algorithm of the question, I started to make it more professional and started to get a lot of attention. “
The promotion led to hosting opportunities on MTV and LiveX Live Media.Before she knew it, Emily was interviewing the artist for a show like this: Music stays alive, Or catch up with Bryce Hall and Austin McBroom before the June boxing match.
“What started as a hobby started a really fun career for me,” she says. “It may sound crazy, but it was the worst time, but it gave people the opportunity to think a lot of free time. Some people I know are very I’m healthy. Some people are really sick. Some people have a career like me. “
Emily is currently spending time between New York, Miami and Los Angeles. In the meantime, I’m working towards getting an undergraduate degree.
“Schools are very important to me, but schools allow me to have a successful career,” she continues. “So at the same time, I can’t risk an opportunity that may never come again.”
If the dean’s daughter is a fan of your social presence, it tends to be of great help. This includes the blue checkmarks (a coveted sign of confirmation) on Instagram (230,000 followers) and TikTok (more than 500,000 followers).
“I’m honestly happy to be able to create a very flexible schedule, but I still get credit and everything on time to realize these opportunities,” explains Emily. “I talk to the dean of my school, and she understands what I’m doing. Funny, her daughter is following my TikTok.”
She has a special love for sporting events (a summer passion for playing tennis in Miami and watching community rallies around the heat basketball team), but Emily is in a particular corner. I don’t want to send
“I really enjoy the sideline reports, but I think I’m very good at interviewing. I’m not limited to that. I was able to talk and comment,” she says. “But again, I get these really crazy opportunities that sports don’t have, so I want to be a more flexible broadcaster like Erin Andrews. She’s playing the Super Bowl. You will see her, and you will see her doing everything in the meantime. She does not limit herself. “
All of this before Emily can legally buy alcohol in the United States.
“If you look at me, I never think I’m 20 years old,” she concludes. “That is, when people make an effort to do due diligence and visit my page, it looks like” Wait, are you 20 ?! “. They don’t think much about me, they’re just more impressed. [They’re like] “Wow, how did you meet at this age?” When I was your age, I was in a club and didn’t even remember where I was the next day. “
Certainly beat the pants from the fraternity party.