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Those SEMA Feelings

Each year I cant help but feel a bit nostalgic as SEMA rolls around. For those who either know me or have been following my work on Car Street Journal, you know I’ve been doing automotive things for a long time. What you probably didn’t know is that it all kind of started here at SEMA.

Prior to my first trip to SEMA, Car Street Journal was a hobby of sorts. I thought I knew I wanted to get into journalism but like many other young people I really wasn’t sure until I found myself surrounded by beautiful cars, insane builds and I had burned like a million calories running across the convention center. I remember coming home from that trip and thinking “This is it, this is what I want to do with my life. Automotive journalism is for me.”

Within two weeks of my first SEMA experience I had quit my “daily job” and was working full time as an automotive journalist, #AchivementUnlocked. From then, the story can be tracked on my Instagram – an event here, interview there, and now as I run down the halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center for what feels like the millionth time, I am so happy to be here an to share it with you.

I get a lot of questions about how I got into this field, how I have established the connections and relationships that I have, and my answer is always the same: it takes hard work and dedication. You sacrifice a lot – sleep and personal time being the largest – and while I don’t do a lot of what the average 23-year old does, I really don’t do what the average 23-year old does. I drive fast cars, meet interesting people, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

So thank you to my readers, thank you to those who follow me, and thank you to the amazing people in this industry I am able to work with, you are all the real MVPs.

SEMA has only just begun and I’m excited to share as much of it as possible with you, so feel free to drop a comment, send an email, or DM the IG and let me know what do you want to see at SEMA 2016?


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