Erin Bates interview
I caught up with Erin as she was making her way through the pits on race day. She is living her dream job, pit reporting on supercross for both the CBS Sports and SPEED TV supercross television shows. Chances are, if you meet Erin at the races, you’ll see her with a smile on her face. And she’s one of the savviest supercross reporters around today.
Angela: Hi Erin, how are you doing?
Erin: I’m doing well, … how are you doing Ange? It’s always nice to see your smiling face!
A: I am doing great, thank you! You are doing something new this year, that has to be very exciting for you – tell us about that!
E: Yes, it’s a big new challenge this year. I finally got my dream job that I’ve been working so hard to get. So, it’s nice to know that perseverance and hard work can pay off. I am working for CBS Sports and SPEED TV now, so it’s a whole different game than live announcing at the events like I was doing in the past.
It’s where I’ve always wanted to be, and so far so good, and we are having such an exciting season. The guys working with me are Ralph Sheheen and Jeff Emig. Obviously they bring a lot to the plate. Jeff’s a former supercross and motocross champion, and Ralph is a pro at the play-by-play calling – he has a lot of experience. Those two have a very difficult job, because they must speak consistently, but the nice thing is if one of them falls, the other one can pick him up. Me, I am down there on the field by myself, it’s a little more challenging sometimes.
A: What are your job responsibilities in this new gig?
E: As a pit reporter, anything that goes on during the day, night, and racing. The Progressive Direct pre race reports are what the first thing of the day is called. It’s finding out all the information during the day and trying to tally it up and have an intro, middle, and exit for all of your reports. You get one shot, it’s live to tape so you try to nail it your first time. You hope and pray that it all turns out because sometimes in the heat of the moment and the loudness of the bikes and such, you can barely hear yourself think, let alone what it is that you are actually trying to say. That would be one of the bigger challenges.
A: Supercross.com receives thousands of messages praising you on the job you are doing, so it’s quite apparent you are doing a great job! Do you look at it as just a job, or are the certain benefits that come with your dream job?
E: Thank you! The benefits of this job go on and on! I get to be around people that I absolutely love and adore, and I get to hang out with a lot of my friends. I do find that a lot of the guys are giving me grief this year because I don’t have as much down time and mingle time that I had last few years.
This job is demanding and I am always on the go getting my work done, not only for myself, but also for the other two play-by-play commentators. That way we can make the show flow well.
There are huge benefits to this job though. The exposure is massive, you just don’t know where it can take you or where it will lead, and I am just going to keep doing the same thing I’ve always done. Work really hard and be dedicated to what it is I do and see where it goes from there.
A: I’m guessing you have a lot of preparations before an event. How do you do it?
E: My job is really to make sure I’ve done my homework beforehand. Doing a lot of reading on the Internet, as well as talking to these guys on a one-on-one consistently. That’s where I find out what’s really going on from week to week, but at the same time, it’s also a real perk to my job.
A: Do you have any down time? And if so, what do you like to do?
E: Down time? What’s that? (Laughs)
Gosh, I haven’t really had any down time lately, but when I am home I love to ski. I have done a few photo shoots on the side, but that’s really working again. Really down time for me is spending time with my husband and catching up on all the stuff outside of motocross because his life is moto, my life is moto, so we try to do the regular things that husbands and wives do.
A: Do you have any other projects going on?
E: To be honest, I’ve been so busy, and I had some opportunities land on my plate that I am not able to pursue because of the lack of time and travel. The magazine exposure is cool; some hosting gigs are coming up as well as TV gigs. Pretty much everything you can tap your finger into is being presented. It’s nice to be at the point in my career where I don’t have to look for work, it comes to me, and so it works out really well.
A: Great to hear things are going your way Erin! Have fun tonight!
E: Thank you very much! I appreciate it!