The following story was submitted by Connor Starrs, a 2015 fellow of The Perfect Game Foundation.
While attending a conference in New York, I was told to get in contact with The Perfect Game Foundation. When I followed through, I received more than I could have imagined. The contacts I have made are more then just that, they are mentors and friends. I have been fortunate enough to make great connections, and be offered some incredible opportunities. The Perfect Game Foundation has been there for me every step of the way to weigh my options, and support all of my decisions. I know that I have made a lifelong relationship, and have a family within the industry.
Anyone seriously interested in this industry needs to get out there and do it. Network as much as possible. While networking though, make real relationships, not just “What can they do for me?” connections. Set your aspirations high, but be willing to do the dirty work with no complaints to get there. Get involved with anything and everything. The skills obtained in experience are so interchangeable. Try to always stay positive. I had a previous internship that was far from the greatest, but I turned it into a positive experience and grew so much because of it. Finally, be sincere and listen. You never know who you may be talking too, and you never know what advice may stick with you for the rest of your life.
"There is no substitute for Excellence – not even success. Success is tricky, perishable and often outside our control; the pursuit of success makes a poor cornerstone, especially for a whole personality. Excellence is dependable, lasting and largely an issue within our own control; pursuit of excellence, in and for itself, is the best of foundations,” The Heart of the Order, by Thomas Boswell (Doubleday, 1989).