34: Aspiring Chef to Axios Associate Editor With Spencer Bokat-Lindell, Axios [Main T4C Episode]
Spencer Bokat-Lindell is an Associate Editor* at the new online media outlet Axios, Greek for “worthy.” But well before he was simplifying expert opinions to make them worthy of the public’s time, he was peeling white asparagus at Colicchio & Sons restaurant in Manhattan where he interned one summer during..
“One of the benefits of trying to break into journalism in terms of formal qualifications — your major is not a make or break qualification in so far as it reflects what you’ve put your time into and have studied in college, which will usually inflect the kind of work you do.”
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“The journey you take along your career is more like a zigzag than a straight line, and there can be detours and it may not feel like it makes the most sense in the moment, but there’s a lot of serendipity involved.”
Spencer recalls the summer of 2013 when he had his most difficult work experience as a prep cook at Colicchio & Sons. Working in the food industry isn’t always as glamorous as we see on TV. It’s hard work with long hours mostly on your feet. Although Spencer was an aspiring chef, he quickly realized this wasn’t what he wanted to pursue. So for that summer he was in a position that he didn’t want to be in longterm, but he had to suck it up in order to fulfill his commitment to the job.
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