Photographer Joshua Shultz
Interviewer Taylor-Ann Hasselhoff
Bellus Magazine (BM): How did you get into sports broadcasting? Was it always a passion of yours?
Lindsay McCormick (LM): I’ve known that I wanted to be a broadcaster and host since I hosted our family Christmas shows at 5 years old. My brother and cousins would try to steal the mic from me and I would push them off the stage. [Laughs.] And then sports was something I was brought up around with a grandfather who played defensive end and a brother, dad AND mom who had an affinity for every other sport. After football, my grandfather went to work on engine coolant technology for Nascar. Sports just ran in my blood. When I got to college, I realized that even though not a lot of women were covering sports, it was something that was possible. I filled in on the sidelines for the campus news station when the current male reporter had to go out of town and then never let them take me off. ESPN saw me working on the sidelines my Senior year and offered me a job as an intern for SportsCenter.
BM: What is your favorite sport to broadcast for?
LM: This is hard. It’s like asking someone to pick between their children. NFL is a sport that comes naturally to me. I can watch the games and somehow manage to see coverages, routes, etc all at the same time. Even if I’m not working a game, I’ll still bring my legal pad with me to take notes. It’s seriously fun for me. And after working on the NBC Sunday Night Football tour, these stadiums feel like home to me.
BM: Where do you see yourself in ten years?
LM: Doing the same thing I am now, but on an even larger scale and with a family and kids supporting me. I love coming up with creative concepts and watching your vision come to fruition. I’d love to work on a show where the concept was a personal idea and I got to pick the staff and talent from people I’ve worked with in the past. I’ve been really fortunate to get to work with some incredibly brilliant people over the past decade.
BM: What’s your best advice you could give to those who are trying to get into broadcasting on TV?
LM: Be yourself. When I first started in this industry 8 years ago, I had this idea in my head of what I thought a broadcaster was supposed to be. I would watch my favorites and copy their tone of voice and cadence thinking it would make me a better broadcaster. It didn’t. [Laughs.] It wasn’t until I stopped trying to be what I thought a newscaster was supposed to be and started being myself that I found success. My boss kept saying, “Act like you are talking to your friends at the sports bar.” I didn’t grasp that concept until I almost got fired from a job and thought to myself, “I’m losing this job. I might as well have fun with it for the last few weeks while I still have it.” That time on-air saved my job, and probably set the rest of my career path for me.
BM: Here at Bellus Magazine we pride ourselves in finding the beauty in all types of artistry, what does beauty mean to you?
LM: Beauty can be found in anything. It’s all about perspective, and from my perspective beauty is someone who is comfortable in their own skin. Whether that is at the sports bar talking smack with guy friends or sitting outside with no makeup on and reflecting on all the moments and opportunities in life that you have been blessed with. Beauty is about being authentic to yourself and not apologizing to anyone for it. It’s about being proud of the person you have become and thankful for the people that helped bring you to that point.
For more information on Lindsay visit her website www.lindsaymccormick.com