We had the good fortune of connecting with Tyler Boronski and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tyler, career-wise, where do you want to be in the end?
To give context, my background is in reporting. I’ve done work in both the professional sports world and entertainment space in my career.
My end goal is to be a media personality that’s “done it all”. The more people I can say I’ve interviewed, the better. I want to be someone that can say they’ve interviewed the “best of the best” too – whether it’s in the professional sports world in baseball, basketball, football, etc or in the entertainment scene with actors, social media creators, and musicians. I want to say I’ve talked to the biggest names in their respective industries and develop those relationships. I have big ambitions of covering World Series, NBA Finals, Super Bowls to being on the red carpet interviewing the stars at the Oscars. I want those life experiences and to be present at those big-time events.
Legacy is something I want to develop too. Being happy and always enjoying my work is most important, but I also want to establish a name for myself. I don’t want to be just a normal reporter – I want my name to carry weight when it’s all set and done. I want to be great. My hope is I’ll do things throughout my career where a lot of people are able to see it. I take pride in focusing on my craft and producing quality work as well.
Currently I’m in my early 20’s with limited responsibilities so it’s easy to have a lot of ambitious goals related to my career. My guess is when I get older and I have a family, a lot of those goals will change. I’m sure I will have less of a desire to need to attend every “big event”, interview the next “brightest star”, or have a desire to have a “legacy” in this industry. My end goal priorities will probably change as we look back on this article years down the line. But for now as you’re asking me this question, that is my checklist. Regardless though, I do know I always want to make sure I’m having fun in this career and that I’m genuinely enjoying the different opportunities.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
The way I would describe myself is “non-stop”.
Ever since I decided I wanted to pursue this career, I’ve put 100% into it. It’s shaped a big part of my life. A lot of my daily thoughts relate to my career, the decisions I make revolve around what my work schedule looks like, and I’ve made the commitment to myself that if there’s an opportunity that I feel will be beneficial for my career – I’ll make sure I put myself in a position to be a part of it, even if the path to it isn’t always the most convenient or easiest.
I’ve been this way all throughout high school when I was covering the independent Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. I was at a ballpark around the northeast almost every single day for 6 months of the year, while still making sure I was excelling at school. There were plenty of times where I would go to school during the day, then leave to go to a place like New Britain, CT or Somerset, NJ for the night to cover a game, come home late and do homework, and then wake up early for school the next morning. I remember in the winter time when it was the baseball offseason and I was playing high school basketball, I would do radio interviews before practice to talk about my media career or the Atlantic League before heading out to the court. On Saturdays after morning practices, I would drive to cover an event – for example like Matt Barnes Annual Baseball Clinic or an Autograph Signing with Johnny Damon. I was always doing something while still making sure I balance “being a high schooler” (academics being strong, social life with friends, etc).
Same way when I was living in Orlando, FL and attending the Dan Patrick School of Sportscasting. I really committed to focusing on my craft during my 2 years there and taking in all the different opportunities they presented me. That really took a lot of time as I wanted to do the best I could in all of my school assignments/presentations because at the end of the day that was the work I was going to show potential employers. In addition to all that though, I still continued to give myself “real life experiences” through my YouTube Channel as I would travel around the state of Florida and Georgia covering events both in the sports & entertainment industries. There were plenty of trips to cover games from all types of sports and levels – from collegiate sports, minor league baseball, NBA, etc. There were also lots of solo trips attending comic con events and social media conventions – interviewing the stars there. I was beginning to grow a name and personal brand for myself. Even post-graduation as I as in the in-between stage of waiting for “what’s next?”, I was introduced to TikTok and developed a niche online of being one of the first reporters to cover high profile “TikTok creators” (according to Scriberr News).
This past year I’ve lived in Boston working for a sports network. I’ve been in a hybrid role of doing both media work, but also behind-the-scenes tasks for them. My days can span from 10am-2am if I’m doing both on a given day. In addition I’ve continued my work online on YouTube conducing celebrity interviews and staying involved in the entertainment world. The days are long and the work can be a lot doing all these things, but I see it paying off. On a given day, I could interview Brad Stevens of the Celtics, Xander Bogaerts of the Red Sox, and interview a famous actor or social media star for my YouTube Channel. I’m starting to interview the “big names” in both industries on a daily basis- something I’ve been working to be in a position to do. I’ve covered the NBA Playoffs and Team USA Basketball (both virtually) – things I’ve always wanted to add to my resume. The goals I set are starting to happen and it’s exciting to see. Now the next step will be to continue what I’m doing, continue working on creating quality content, and continue to develop my reputation and name in this industry.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I’m living in Boston currently so there’s plenty to do!
Fenway Park is a must. Whether you like baseball or not, the atmosphere at Fenway is unlike anywhere else! It’s like a party every time you’re there. Perfect place to go with friends. Also between bars like Cheeky Monkey, Landsdowne Pub, Yard House, etc – there are plenty of places to go after the game.
Boston Commons is a cool place too. Similar to Central Park in NYC, it’s a great spot to go do some outdoor activities. Whether you want to play some sports or just walk around, there’s a lot of space to do so at Boston Commons.
Finally, I’d recommend Newbury Street. There’s a plethora of stores & restaurants you could go to. You can spend a lot of time there. So no surprise it’s a popular tourist spot.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I credit my parents for always supporting me throughout my career. I knew in high school I wanted to pursue this career and they have helped my figure out my dream since then. No one in my family is even remotely close to involved in the all encompassing “entertainment industry” so it’s not like I had someone in my family that understood this media career path prior. Regardless though, they were still always supportive and helping me think about ways I could best “set myself up” in this career path. One of the biggest challenges of this industry is the “unknown” and “inconsistencies” that it provides. I appreciate my parents for always being there for me in those situations.
I also want to credit my time at the Dan Patrick School of Sportscasting at Full Sail University. The instructors there opened up my eyes to a lot of things I didn’t know about this industry. But my time there also reassured me that this is what I want to do in my career moving forward. I always credit them for helping me develop the tools and skillset that I needed to be successful in this industry. My time there was memorable and some of the most fun I’ve had. That will always personally be a special place.
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