Name: Kristen Hewitt
Company: Fox Sports HEAT Reporter – misMEDIA – mommyinsports.com
Age: the big 4-0
How did you get to where you are today?
I have worked in sports broadcasting for 19 years, working for the HEAT is a dream come true, but took HARD work and perseverance to be on-air in this South Florida market. I knew when I was 13 I’d work in the media – and now I love that I can do it part-time, and build my online digital presence at the same time!
What is your elevator pitch on what you do?
I am a 2-time Emmy award winning TV reporter, owner of misMEDIA, and founder of mommy in SPORTS. I am a natural born storyteller, and love to help clients share their story with the world.
How do you define success? Do you consider yourself “successful”?
I believe success is defined individually. Recently a friend said to me, “I think in a year you’ll be REALLY successful, when you focus on your business.” I replied, “I’m already successful, I’m a mom, who gets to work outside the home during NBA season, and spend the rest of the time raising my girls.”
What have been some of the most rewarding things in your career thus far?
Well, winning Emmy’s is rewarding, as is being able to interview and share stories of athletes off the court. I love meeting their wives, kids, parents – really learning who they are and what helped propel them into their extraordinary sports careers. Also, my blog is really my baby. I didn’t know what a blog was three years ago, to be named BEST BLOG MIAMI this year was a huge honor. I love writing, and knowing that people enjoy reading it means the world to me.
What have been some of your mistakes? What have you learned from them?
Mistakes, I have made many of them. But I don’t think we can succeed until we’ve failed. I’ve had many missteps, taken the wrong job in the wrong sport, or mispronounced a name on the air, but they just taught me to always be smarter. Always be over prepared. And always be authentic.
What do you still want to achieve personally and/or professionally?
I haven’t even scratched the surface with what I want to do yet! I want to publish my kids book I’ve written, finally launch my podcast, do more web videos, and write a book. Then move to the mountains, ski every day, and retire and open a bakery!
Who has been your greatest inspiration?
My greatest inspiration is my kids. They teach me SO much about life every day, and make me strive to be the best version of myself. And I wouldn’t have had to freedom to try writing if it wasn’t for my supportive husband, he’s a saint. I’m very lucky.
When was the last time you were overwhelmed and cried from something provoked by work?
Working on live TV can be overwhelming, but I don’t think I’ve ever cried. I get overwhelmed more by my “day” job, the freelance writing assignments and blog work. I have problems with time management and sometimes take too much on. The good thing is- I’ve learned to say no. There’s so much power inside that little word!
How has your career affected your personal life/relationships?
My career is a little nutty, so all of my free time goes to my family. I really have to schedule in time for my friends. I literally set a reminder in my phone to call a different friend three times a week to maintain contact.
Have you ever thought about giving up? What provokes those thoughts?
I want to give up about every six month when burn out sets in. Then usually a 2 week-break from social media usually recharges me!
What causes you anxiety/sleepless nights?
Well babies keep me up at night, and anxiety when they’re sick. But I’m usually only anxious when I travel and have a big shoot for a brand. I prefer to work at home, which is why after kids I never pursued full-time sideline reporting jobs. I miss my kids too much!
What makes you happy?
Long hot baths, a Sprinkles cupcake, swimming with my family, hot yoga, Friday night movie nights, the Rocky Mountains and lots of snow, and TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress. I want to renew my wedding vows just so I can go to Kleinfelds!
What advice would you tell your 21 year old self?
Don’t worry about what anyone else thinks about you, LOVE YOURSELF.
What is the biggest misconception about what you do?
People think I’m Ticketmaster. Newsflash, I don’t have endless amounts of free tickets to every sporting event or concert across the country! And I don’t hang out with the players. I keep a professional distance, always have. And I’ve never ONCE asked for an autograph without going through a PR professional.
What is your favorite quote?
I have SO many favorite quotes I wish I could list them all! I’m currently obsessed with every quote by Jen Sincero who wrote “You Are a Badass”. But I think one of my favs is “It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are” by EE Cummings. That was my goal this year when I turned 40 – to become fearlessly authentic. I wrote a post about my favorite quotes!