Kevin Marshall is one of the more interesting characters that I’ve had the chance to listen to in person, but it didn’t seem that way when he strolled into the classroom around 9 a.m. on Thursday.
He seemed like the average guest speaker who would come in and drone about nonsense for an hour and then send the class on its way.
That wasn’t the case with Marshall.
Marshall is a 30-year-old blogger, cage fighter and stand-up comedian who boasts a diverse resume that most would have a problem matching. He’s worked for prominent organizations such as the Times Union and SpikeTV, all while living out the dream of making people laugh.
Throughout his daily routine, Marshall says that he alternates between “Kevin Marshall the comedian, Kevin Marshall the social observer and Kevin Marshall the writer,” but nobody but him knows which personality is on display. He blends the three titles in a perfect way.
In a charitable gesture, Marshall volunteered to set foot into a classroom on one of his rare off-days from work. He provided helpful advice about the many perils and advantages of the blogosphere, saying, “A blog is a lot different from writing a news story. If you are going to be blogging as a reporter, the blog is a portal to your hard news stories.”
Marshall’s dedication to his many crafts is evident in the fact that he has virtually no free time. “My free time is when I’m not doing a show on Friday or Saturday. I’ll just sit home and watch Netflix because I don’t want to deal with people. It’s impossible to make free time but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Everything I do are things that I want to do,” he said.
When Marshall started as a reader blogger for the Times Union, he worked strictly for exposure, not for money. Now he is writing for SpikeTV on websites such as allaccessonspike.tumblr.com and spiketv.tumblr.com.
Check some of his stuff out and remember that it is possible to obtain any career thanks to the mass exposure of the Internet age.