Interview with James Tzanoudakis (@jtztv)

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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 have covered a vast range of events for various broadcasters over my 10-year career in television presentation. As a freelance reporter, presenter and commentator for the BBC, I worked at 11 local and national TV and radio stations across the UK, presenting coverage on a variety of different sports and news events. As midlands correspondent for the Premier League, I interviewed footballers and managers from some of the biggest clubs in the world, including the likes of Dele Alli, Wayne Rooney, and Jamie Vardy. My reports were broadcast live to millions of people globally. I commentated on every center court tennis match at the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, including the gold medal matches for team GB’s Andy Murray and Gordan Reid. I currently work as a multi-sports commentator across a range of sports, including tennis, football, motor racing, athletics, and Teqball to name just a few, as an in-stadium announcer, commentator and TV presenter. I specialise in working closely with the crowd, helping build an atmosphere, and transforming the live sport into a dramatic theatrical experience for both spectators, participants, and broadcast audiences.

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

One of the most interesting aspects of my job is working alongside sports stars and celebrities. I’ve worked closely with Ronaldinho at a variety of events, one time I tackled the ball off him and he performed his well known, “flip flap” move-in reply (all captured on video and posted on my Instagram). I’ve interviewed many famous tennis stars including Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic and have played roulette alongside Douglas Costa at an event in Cape Verde. I fly around the world covering sports events, including the US Open in New York and the Olympic Games in Tokyo. 

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

It’s all about creating a work/homelife balance. Especially within the media industry, it’s sometimes hard to switch off, with news and sport available pretty much everywhere at all hours of the day. I’ve learnt to take periods of time away from screens, going for a walk, and blocking the world out for a bit. This helps clear my mind and keep me from burning out too much.

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 first job at the BBC was thanks in part to my colleague Graeme Mac. He gave me that first opportunity and helped nurture me during the early part of my career. My first opportunity on television came from Kevin Hill on the BBC. His help, support, and belief gave me a good foundation on television. 

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

People often thrive when given the opportunity to tell their story. Through reporting and journalism, I’ve given many people the chance to tell their stories through a number of media outlets across the world. I’ve found showing genuine interest and empathy to people, helps get the best out of them, and as a consequence opens them up to give an honest and open account of their lives. 

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

“A dream does not become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination, and hard work.” Colin Powell. I love this quote, in order to succeed and realise your dreams you have to work hard and learn that failure is just a part of the process. 

How can our readers follow you on social media? 

I’m on Instagram, Twitter, and Tik Tok as “@jtztv”. 

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