I caught up with Travel guru Josh Rimer for a bit of career advice.
When you were growing up, did you have any particular career aspirations or dream jobs?
I really wanted to be an actor. I would see theatre productions and envy the people who got to be on stage, or I’d watch shows and commercials on TV and dream about being in them. I just really wanted to be an entertaineror a performer of some sort. There were no internet options at that time, so I figured I’d just have to take the long, difficult route to Hollywood.
Did you receive any career counselling or guidance at school?
I did take an aptitude test to see what I would be best suited for. I think one of the things was a teacher, which I was actually considering at the time. I didn’t think that being an actor was actually a viable thing to aspire to be for a career, so I figured something like teaching French, since I was in French immersion and liked it, would be a good idea. I couldn’t follow through with it though in the end because I just wasn’t passionate about it.
Did you do any further studies or qualification after finishing school?
I took a broadcasting program in college, and after two years got my degree. I figured that it could at least get me a career in TV and was a lot more likely to result in a job than taking some sort of acting or theatre program. My studies included both radio and television.
What was the first job that you had?
My very first job was in the kitchen at a fast food restaurant, but I absolutely hated it so I didn’t last for very long. My first job out of college was actually at the local TV station in the city where I grew up, which worked out great for being able to live at home and pay off my student loans pretty quickly. I was a Master Control Operator, putting the shows and commercial on the air.
You’ve created your own career path through YouTube and travel work. What have been some of the skills and attributes that have helped you to do that?
I think the broadcasting training and working at a couple of TV stations helped to give me a good understanding of the industry. Practical experience after that was really the most important thing though - just actually creating my own content and doing it in a way that got people to take notice. Having my very computer-savvy brother show me the basics with video editing and then just watching tutorials and practising a ton on my own projects helped me to get good at that. I naturally had a passion for being in front of the camera, and a good eye for videography, so I also think just choosing to work in an area where I inherently had some talents was key as well.
If someone was thinking about building a career in travel journalism and PR, what advice or guidance would you give them?
You should only try to do it if it’s because you have a passion for it. It’s a ton of work, and not nearly as glamorous as it seems. If you don’t really love travelling and sharing about it, and aren’t willing to put in way too much time for way too little pay, then there are other things you’d probably be better off doing.
At the end of the day, the main thing that’s going to keep you going and happy is that you’re doing something you love. If you can’t get enough of travelling and have a knack for writing or photography or videography, and you’d do it even if it was just a hobby, then it could definitely be worth pursuing.