Interview with Rob Harvell (@rlhproducer)

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Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path? 

I always had a passion for sports and decided to major in Communication Broadcasting at Appalachian State University with dreams of working in sports television. Little did I know how far those dreams would take me. Walking the halls of the communication building I saw a flyer on the wall for an internship with NASCAR Productions. That flyer changed my life. I went on to intern and worked at NASCAR Productions for nearly 10 years.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this? 

Working in the sports industry you sometimes take for granted how much people love sports. The most interesting thing to me is how excited major celebrities get when they find out what I do for a living. I’ve had the honor to meet multiple US Presidents, major musicians, actors, and comedians. They all love talking sports and are fascinated by my experiences in life. 

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”? 

My biggest advice is to never accept no for an answer. Obviously, there are boundaries to this. If you are told no to an interview or an idea find other ways to make it happen. Do not give up until you’ve exhausted every outlet to make it happen.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story? 

My mentor on television is film director Rory Karpf. All of my success in the industry I credit to his guidance and passion for telling stories. He gave me a chance to produce documentaries when I was a young production assistant at NASCAR and we have worked together on so many great projects over the last 9 years.

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world? 

I often give motivational speeches to schools, universities, Boy Scouts of America, and any other groups that may call. My speech always focuses on accomplishing dreams. I think it’s important for kids to realize that they can accomplish what they want in life if they put their minds to it. I grew up in a small town and never imagined I would have the life experiences I have. With hard work and dedication, any kid from any upbringing can reach for the stars and succeed. My goodness in the world is to hopefully change just one kid’s life from each speech.

Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life? 

“I make my own damn luck” ~ Dale Earnhardt. 

I don’t believe in luck. Any bad luck you may have, most of the time, you put yourself in the situation that caused it. Bad luck is a consequence of your action. Learn from your bad luck and reflect on how you could have done things differently to make the outcome better next time.

How can our readers follow you on social media? 

Facebook: Rob Harvell 

Instagram: RLHProducer

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