Hello My Name is Esmeralda and I am a Broadcast Journalist

There is an exception to exception. Anything is possible as long as you believe it.
— Esmeralda Careaga

"Care" is in Esmeralda Careaga's name and it's the perfect way to describe this week's feature girl. Esmi, as her friends know her, is a thoughtful, kind, and loving individual. She see's people as a storybook, someone to be studied and learned from. It is no wonder she has chosen the career path of journalism. 

Esmeralda is a broadcast journalist. She is see's the story in everyone she meets and believes in connecting the world through these stories. Check out how this caring and gentle woman has managed to keep her eye on the prize and work toward a career in the competitive world of broadcast journalism. 

Hello, My name is Esmeralda Careaga, and I work as a Broadcast Journalist

1.    How did you choose your career?   
I grew up with my dad working in the news business. I watched him set-up live shots and bring home cameras that needed fixing. However, the idea of becoming a news reporter/journalist didn’t cross my mind until years later. At a young age, I realized I had a natural gift for writing and I noticed that adults would tell me all their personal stories and secrets. I enjoyed hearing personal stories and learning about how people evolved. I have always been a curious person; my curiosity played a major role in my career development.  

2. In your opinion, what would you say are the top three characteristics/traits to be successful in your career?  
In my opinion the most important characteristics for gaining a successful career (in no specific order) is: patience, perseverance and kindness.  

Patience, because before you can run, you have to learn how to crawl, then you learn to walk. You learn certain lessons at specific times that prepare you for your next step. Patience has led me to better prepare myself for challenges that I have faced and will encounter down the road. Instead of running toward instant gratification, patience has taught me to appreciate the journey.  

Perseverance; the definition of perseverance is steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success. No matter how long or how many times I have failed at something in my life I kept going and didn’t give up. My mentality is, I don’t have anything better to do so might as well keep trying until I get what I want.  

Lastly, is kindness. The world is full of negative people who do terrible things to one another. I watch it all day long on the news. When you are kind, you shine and you pass that energy on to people you encounter. Maya Angelou said it best "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."

2.    What do you find most rewarding about your career?  

I enjoy getting to know people and having them feel comfortable enough for them to share their thoughts, life lessons, tragedies and feelings. Establishing a strong connection is rewarding. I don’t want to be the journalist that just looks for the great sound bite.  

4. How would you rate your income? My income is fine at this point in my life. I try not to think of the money aspect. Instead, I am working on changing the world through my work and rewards will then follow. If that means lack of financial security, I will be ok because I love what I do.  

5. Is this what you always wanted? If not, how did you land into it?
Looking back I wanted to be a psychologist, mortician, police officer, writer, photographer, lawyer, stenographer and detective. So I feel that being a reporter kind of fulfills all those interests I had when I was getting to know myself. 

6. What is your background? Did you have to go to school for what you are doing?  

I started off in community college when I needed an elective. At that stage in my life I was pursuing general education but leaning towards law. Although I don’t believe in accidents, I randomly selected a broadcast class and ultimately changed my career path. I furthered my education by interning for different local news stations which gave me hands on experience. I finished up by polishing up my skills at Cal State Northridge (CSUN).   
7. What is the best piece of advice you can give to someone who wants to be in your field?  

People will tell you what you can and can’t do, how things are supposed to be done. They might even tell you it’s never been done. I would tell someone who is interested in this career to tune out the noise…there is an exception to exception. Anything is possible as long as you believe it.   
8.  Being a busy woman, what do you like to do on your free time? 

I love nature, being outside grounds me. The smells in the air help me live in the moment. I enjoy golfing, surfing, dancing, teaching, reading, decorating, helping others, horoscope and animals. I have a hard time sitting still maybe yoga might help with that. 
9. What do you value most in a career? Ex. Money, fun, work life balance? 

What I value most in my career is change. The people I work with change, and I meet new people every day, even my environment changes. I value connections and historical moments I had the opportunity to live/work through.  
10. Do you have any other goals you strive to achieve?   

I strive to be a better me, to be a better human being and fulfill my life purpose. I strive to change the world through my energy. 
11. What is the greatest lesson you have learned? What would you do differently if given a second chance?  

The greatest lesson I have learned thus far is to be understanding and not to react out of emotion. Instead, calmly communicate. Sounds cliché but putting your feet in the other person’s shoes really helps me gain perspective. 
12.  Where do you see yourself in 10 years?  

I see myself happy, humble and helping others.  =D