Tennessee Titans broadcasting manager Amie Wells figured out her passion for sports after a few major changes in college.
“My initial career path was political science. About a semester in, I started looking around at my classmates’ computers, and they were all looking at political blogs and the New York Times. I, on the other hand, was making my fantasy lineup,” she said.
It was her dad who told her to pick a different path, specifically one related to sports.
“I ended up switching my major to journalism, switched again to sports broadcasting, then switched it again to communications,” she said. “After college, I got an internship with the Baltimore Ravens doing PR and the same thing with the Indianapolis Colts. In 2013, I got my first job with the Titans, and I have been here ever since.”
The University of Missouri grad remembers getting demoted from Ravens PR originally to doing a job only an intern would seemingly do.
“My big job at the Baltimore Ravens was sharpening pencils. I kept messing everything else up, so they made me start making pointy pencils for the offensive line,” she laughed.
Even though the job seemed ridiculous, she took her pencil sharpening very seriously.
“Eventually, people gave me other jobs to do. By the time I was done in Baltimore, my skill set had dramatically changed. When I went to Indianapolis, I had a frame of reference and could build upon it.”
When she moved to Nashville in 2013, she went back to square one since she started working in broadcast and not PR.
“I was learning on the fly. We were getting down and dirty with putting together content for Titans fans. We messed up a ton, but we also did things that worked. Now, we have a huge broadcasting department. I realized that failing wasn’t going to kill me.
Nashville has three things Wells loves: music, people, and food.
“Everywhere you go, whether it’s at the airport or a grocery store, there’s live music. Nashville also has the nicest people I’ve ever met. Everyone is willing to help out their neighbor. Plus, I would be happy just eating Nashville food forever,” she joked.
After being in the industry for a decade, she feels fortunate to have worked for so long without burning out.
“I told my parents if I made it in ten years in this business, I was going to tattoo the Titans shield on my body. Now ten years later, I will not be doing that, but the pride and the excitement over it remains the same. You grind and make sacrifices in this industry, but as a woman, I am very proud of these ten years.”
Being a woman in the sports world can be tough, but Wells finds herself lucky to have found mentors who have made her feel comfortable.
“I’m always aware that my presence could be jarring for other people, but I never thought I wasn’t going to make it because I’m a woman. I try to just be furniture and blend into the space.”
She looks back on her younger self and knows Wells from ten years ago would be very excited about where she is now.
“At the time, the risks I was taking were absurd. I moved from Missouri to Baltimore on a whim not even knowing if they would have a position open for me. Then I went to Indianapolis very last minute after the first internship, and then to Nashville. My parents thought I was crazy, but I think I would tell young Amie how good she was doing.”
Featured image via Amie Wells
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