“My job now is [compared to my time in the Marine Corps] so delightfully meaningless and inconsequential that the only way that I can look at sports and covering sports is that it is the silliest, most fun thing. It allows me, after the ultimate seriousness of combat in the Marine Corps, to laugh at anything, no matter how seemingly serious it is.” - Matt Ufford
Matt Ufford is an Editor-at-Large and Video Host at SB Nation - a digital sports media brand and network of team sites built by and for the modern sports fan. He started out at Northwestern University, after which he served in the Marine Corps for four years as a Tank Officer. After the Marines he worked as a columnist at AOL Sports, as well as an editor at Uproxx Media, where he founded their sports and TV blogs.
The top reason to listen to this episode is:
- Sports Writing - Matt set out to be a writer, and has worked his way up to a role where he now produces YouTube videos about sports. His story is inspiring, and is an example how through repetition and hard work, veterans can achieve any role.
- New Media - when Matt started out, Twitter didn't even exist. Now his role is all about YouTube. He talks about how the Sports and Media environment is rapidly changing, and what it's like to work in this constantly evolving space
- Perspective - I love the gratitude and perspective that Matt holds. He talks about how, compared to his military service, his job is stress free, and the gratitude he feels each day to be alive.
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- A few of Matt's YouTube videos:
- 3:32 - Matt's background
- 4:00 - How Matt approached his decision to leave the Marine Corps
- 7:07 - What Matt does right now at SB Nation
- 8:25 - What Matt's day-to-day life looks like covering sports at SB Nation
- 10:23 - How Matt brings his videos to life on YouTube
- 17:34 - Matt's journey from the Marine Corps to a career in sports media
- 22:42 - How Matt started his own blog, which led to his current career
- 27:54 - Recommended resources
- 33:42 - Final words of wisdom