Dream Job Diary with Mia Gordon

Mia Gordon is Canada’s fastest rising television host and sports personality today. Mia’s passion for sports sprouted at a young age when she began training as one of Canada’s most promising athletes. She played professional tennis on the Women’s Tennis Association tour before taking a scholarship at the University of Louisiana. There she fell in love with storytelling and eventually graduated with honours in Mass Communications and Broadcasting. Soon after, she was offered a position as a videographer, reporter and anchor at NBC and CBS affiliates in Corpus Christi, Texas. In 2012, Mia made her return back to Canada, taking on the role of videographer, reporter and writer for CHCH in Hamilton, Ontario. Shortly after, she was appointed as the news host and reporter for Leafs TV, a specialty channel owned by Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment. In 2013, Mia’s career continued to flourish as the national reporter and anchor for the Sun News Network as well as the enthusiastic and energetic in-game host for the Toronto Rock of the National Lacrosse League. Her love for live sporting events grew and a year later, she was named the new host of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats Ticats TV creating and reporting on daily content for fans. In 2015, she was asked to join the team at TSN during the launch of their new radio station in Hamilton, Ontario. She worked as the anchor and reporter for both TSN 1050 and TSN 1150, an all-sports talk radio station, covering the Canadian Football League and Tennis. This gig allowed for her chance to appear on SportsCentre, a daily sports news television program, and the flagship program of the Canadian sports specialty channel TSN, where she had the opportunity to feature Canadian tennis star and childhood friend, Milos Raonic. With her reputation growing in the sports broadcasting world, Mia was brought on by the CBC to cover the Summer Olympics in 2016. Currently, Mia is the lead reporter, producer and writer at the National Lacrosse League’s brand new digital TV station. She can also be seen hosting her own show on NLL Productions called The Box. Recognizing the importance of philanthropy, Mia supports charities that are close to her heart including the Princess Margaret Foundation and Motionball. In her spare time, she loves to travel, watch sports, work out and write. Most recently, Mia launched her blog which showcases her daily adventures, health and fitness tips, sports article, her virtual bucket list, and much more.

 

How did you get into your current line of work?

It was actually a professor of mine who suggested I focus on media broadcasting. As a former professional tennis player, I loved sports and I loved writing and he told me broadcasting could offer the best of both worlds. As for the National Lacrosse League, I fell in love with the sport of lacrosse a few years ago when I did the in game hosting for the Toronto Rock. When I heard the National Lacrosse League was launching their own digital tv station, I knew I wanted to be a part of it. Telling stories and helping grow the game of lacrosse, my two passions combined into one!

 

Before you got your dream job, what was the best job you had?

I have had some amazing jobs working in media. I have had the chance to work on air for the Olympics with CBC and had a chance to work on features for TSN’s Sportscentre, but before the I got into media, being a professional tennis player was an incredible job. I had the opportunity to travel the world and see the most beautiful cities while playing the sport I loved. It was hard work and I was away from friends and family for most of the year, but it was so rewarding. Ever since I was a little girl I dreamed of being a professional tennis player, and I had the chance to live out my dream

 

If you weren’t doing this, what would you be doing?

It is hard to think about what I would do if I wasn’t doing this. When Sun News shut down I thought about getting out of the industry altogether, but then I remembered something my mentor Michael Landsberg told me. “I only succeeded in this industry because there was nothing else I would do.” I realized there was truly nothing else I wanted to do with my life besides reporting. But if you told me I absolutely had to pick something else, my other passion in life is travel and my dad has had pictures featured in the National Geographic so maybe a travel photographer.

 

What accomplishment/achievement are you most proud of? 

Most recently I would say being a part of the inaugural season of NLL TV. Yes being one of the two members of their production team can be challenging, there is a lot of shooting, editing, writing, and of course reporting, but it is so rewarding to be a part of helping this amazing sport grow. Before this I was really proud to be the first and only female on air host at TSN 1150’s Hamilton Radio Station. I was also really proud when I had the chance to work for CBC Olympics, as an athlete I always dreamed of playing in the Olympics so it was a dream come true to report on our amazing Canadian athletes.

 

What advice do you have for someone who wants to find their dream job but hasn’t yet?

I was very lucky in the sense that my first day of university I already knew exactly what I wanted to do, so I hustled and worked hard and landed an on air job with a NBC station before I even graduated, yet I look at some of my friends who are still trying to figure out their passion and that’s ok too. My biggest piece of advice, and as cliche as it sounds, is really follow your heart. Look at what your hobbies are and how you spend your spare time. That will usually show you what your passions are. We are so lucky to live in a day and age where it isn’t black or white. There are opportunities to create your own dream job whatever it may be. Also don’t be afraid of going after your passion. I look at friends who make excuses to not follow their dreams, and I know deep down they are scared that it might not work out. The truth is you will never know unless you try.

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Nadia Elkharadly

Nadia Elkharadly

Nadia Elkharadly is the Co-Founder and Managing Editor of Addicted Magazine. Her myriad of addictions include music, fashion, travel, technology, boxing and trying to make the world a better place. Nadia is also a feminist, an animal lover, and a neverending dreamer. Keep up with her on social media through @thenadiae.
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