One quote that I will never forget is, “Be the hero of your own movie. If your life was a movie and it started now. Forget about whatever financial disasters you’ve had, personal failures, relationship failures. What would the hero of your life’s movie do right now? Do that, do those things.” That quote saved my life. If it weren’t for a 70 second YouTube video from one of my role models, Joe Rogan, I wouldn’t be where I am today. 27, a junior majoring in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in English Literature at William Paterson University. And with a sense of pride and hunger to do more and to be more.
I was born in the winter of 1990 to loving and supporting parents, Lucia and Jaime Roman. My mother, a native of the Dominican Republic and my father of Puerto Rico. They grew up poor but managed to raise two sons. I am the older of the two. My brother, two years younger, is a sous-chef. I, on the other hand, was a year into unemployment after being outsourced. No job, 25, with an Associate’s degree in General Studies at Atlantic Cape Community College, and no purpose in life. Furthering my education wasn’t an interest. I wanted to be around friends, talk about & watch sports, and sleep. Then, I saw an ad on Twitter about Onnit, a total human optimization company. It featured Joe Rogan. After the video, I followed his advice
of writing down my goals, the things I want to improve, won’t tolerate from myself, and the things that I’ve done in the past that I never want to see myself do again. I subscribed to his YouTube. I discovered his podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience. Each podcast could be up to 3-hours long, uncensored, and commercial-free. The agenda is the art of having conversations with guests on anything imaginable. Communicating, storytelling, influencing and entertainment peaked my interest.
Summer 2015, I tagged along with my best friend for her tour of William Paterson University. An inspiring day on the campus tour was what cemented my decision to pursue an education to be an English teacher. By 2016, I enrolled full-time. But, within a month I found that my happiness fell in the communications field. My passion and curiosity for sports, pop culture, politics, and the art of a conversation peaked my interest; such as The Joe Rogan Experience mentioned before and the online news media, The Young Turks. Being an analyst or producer, working behind the scene and the host of my radio, television, and podcast are my goals that I’ve written down as the hero of my movie would have done. Inexperience and 26 aren’t going to stop me from going after my dreams. As Joe Rogan said in his inspirational speech, “We live in unique times. We live in one of the rarest times in human history where you can choose almost all the input that comes your way, whether it’s the movie that you watch, the books you read, the podcasts you listen to. You can choose to be inspired.” You can do it. It’s time to get after it.