Why Work and Play Should Be One and the Same


There is a disconnect for many people as they consider their career ambitions – we want to clear something up, to be your best your career and your passion should intertwine:

Video Transcript for “Why Work and Play Should Be One and the Same”

Brian Clapp, Director of Content, WorkinSports.com: I talk to many High School and College aged students and there is a very common disconnect they all go through when it comes to deciding a career. They have been brainwashed into thinking work is work and play is play, the two things are not meant to touch. It’s as if they are staring a plate of food and yelling at it “eeewwwee, you aren’t supposed to touch that’s gross you carrots stay over there and you mashed potatoes go back to your corner”

work and play interaction

If you are passionate about something and you don’t pursue it as a career, you are selling yourself short

But nothing could be further from the truth when it comes to your career.

So many of us have a blind spot and don’t see how sports can be a bigger part of our lives than just entertainment. When people ask me for career advice I ask them simple questions like – what do you love? What do you actually like to study? What doesn’t feel like work?

If someone says Football they usually say it like a joke …like telling your parents your favorite class is recess. But the truth is, that is a great answer – because it’s honest and if you are into something and not just going through the motions you are way more likely to not only succeed but to be happy!

So here’s the big takeaway, sports can be your work, so stop dismissing that burning desire inside of you and start figuring out how. Maybe it’s as a trainer for a football team, maybe it’s in operations or ticket sales or marketing or PR, or turf management – these are all careers that put you right next to your love of sports and this is just a few jobs off the top of my head there are countless more!

About Brian Clapp

Brian Clapp has worked in the sports media for over 14 years as a writer, editor, producer & news director. After beginning his career in Atlanta at CNN/Sports Illustrated, he switched coasts to Seattle to work at Fox Sports Northwest. In 2010, Brian began pursuing a new found passion on the digital media side, launching a successful website and then taking on the role of Director of Content for WorkinSports.com & WorkinEntertainment.com.

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  1. Mr.Clapp, I don’t know if you saw my other comments or not so I will just repost here! I commented and watched all of the Youtube videos and I am an aspiring junior in high schools wanting to wok in sports in college. A few questions: 1. Is there anything I can do right now (I already play football and am a sports editor over at Fansided.com) to improve my chances of landing a Sports Job in the future? I want to be a sports agent, but to be honest just like any teen wanting to work in sports any career sounds good to me. 2. There aren’t really colleges for sports management in California aside from USC, Berkeley, or Cal Poly which I can’t get into. So I am thinking I major in buisness at SDSU, one of the more-regarded buisness schools in the USA and get a master in Sports Management, or even an MBA. Would that carve the way enough? Thanks a lot

    • Hey Sam – sorry I hadn’t responded yet, but I did see your earlier comment. I love that you have such direction at a young age, that will give you a leg up in your career for sure. I think you are on the right track, majoring in business is a great idea, especially at a great school. Take sales courses, that may be where you start out in sports. I would also suggest that you get involved in the campus TV and radio station – I know you didn’t mention sports broadcasting as a career choice, I just think these show an involvement and passion for communication which is important in sports careers. Also, you’ll learn tangible skills like video and audio editing which can help you break in places like sports networks, sports websites..really anywhere that produces sports content. I wouldn’t worry about getting a Masters yet, only do that if you figure out exactly what you want to be and know a masters is necessary to thrive…if not, just get out there and start working. I got my “Masters” working at CNN – you can gain the real experience you need out there in the world. Keep asking question Sam – glad to help anytime. And don’t fret not being able to get into USC, Berkley or Cal Poly…I couldn’t have either! – Brian

  2. Isaiah Richmond says

    Hey Mr. Clapp, I’m currently a student at Full Sail Univesity studying Sports Management. I have a deep passion for sports, Preferably NFL and NBA, but especially football. My ultimate goal is to become a sports analyst but a job in sports period would be great. I’ve been struggling with finding ways to get myself involved in the industry now while I’m in college. Is there any advice or tips you could give me to help figure out what I could do to get involved?