Our team is full of hardworking dreamers who take off on new opportunities to expand & grow their professional & lifestyle experiences. Which means, it’s about that time for our next spotlight on former #TeamHype employees who are making their mark in the creative industry since spending time on our small, but mighty team. Today’s spotlight shines on the one & only Austin Rettig!
After interning for CultureHype last year, Austin went on to pursue a graduate degree & play basketball for The University of Tampa in Florida. Now, he resides in Manchester, England where he’s currently pursuing a master’s while playing basketball for the Manchester Giants. Austin makes the CultureHype fam proud as he continues his journey spreading his love for sports & education.
What is the best part about playing for the Manchester Giants?
“I enjoy getting to live in Manchester the most. The city is vibrant & full of different cultures. My experience here has opened me up to a lot of new perspectives & views, which is something I take away as the biggest asset.”
You’ve played basketball for a while now, how do prepare yourself for each game?
“I eat a ton of carbs the morning of a game, study my opponent(s), & blast my pre-game playlist the entire day to pump up that adrenaline.”
How do you perfect your professional skills on & off the court?
“On the court, it’s all a matter of repetition. You have to be anal in getting comfortable making shots, making plays, etcetera to the point where every game situations are simply muscle memory. Off the court, it’s the same strategy. I fully immerse myself in consuming content specific to my field & try to produce as much content as I can to actively interpret what I’ve learned.”
When & how did you realize basketball was the career path you wanted to take?
“I guess this can be the first time I say this publicly...it’s not. I’ve always had a natural ability in basketball so I utilized it to get the things I really wanted without having to pay for them, such as my undergraduate degree, masters degree, & various travel experiences, including living in the United Kingdom for a year. However, now that I’ve gotten all I wanted from basketball, I can say farewell to the game & shift towards my real passions.”
What advice would you give to those wanting to pursue school & sports at the same time?
“Understand the necessary sacrifices you need to make. It is a directly competitive game so consistent progression & focus will consume a lot of your time. Also, see everything as a chance to learn & grow. Nothing is a failure.”
What is the most useful skill you’ve learned as a contributing writer for DFW Style Daily & an intern at Culture Hype?
“To simply trust my own creativity. I’m a bit of a perfectionist, so I would second guess my work a lot or try to make it ‘perfect’ all the time. But, perfection isn’t really possible, & that made me hesitant to release content. As a writer, I grew more when I accepted that everything won’t be perfect to me, but still may be great to others as is.”
How have your relationships with people help get you to where you are today?
“I personally think sustaining relationships is the most valuable key to my success. If you have a good reputation, in the eyes of many, you’ll be the first on their minds when an opportunity arises. Networking is key, but I try to assure my reputation makes an impact.”
How do you maintain relationships with people in your industry?
“Two things: adding value & lunch/coffee. The best way to keep a good relationship with someone is to add value to their lives in whatever way you can, consistently. Lunch & coffee sessions are great for maintenance, as well. It’s an actionable method that allows you to quickly & effectively connect & catch up.”
How do you keep your creative juices flowing?
“I’ve noticed that I’m most consistent with creativity when I’m exploring & curious. I’m always looking for new music, art, places to see, etc. That enables my perspective to stay open & learn new things that will inspire new creativity.”