Erin Andrews is a celebrity in the sports world—and it’s all for her work off the field, as a sports reporter, in one of the most male-dominated industries. Ever.
The 36-year-old Fox Sports broadcaster is a fixture on the sidelines of Sunday Night Football and reports from mega sporting events like the World Series. And when she’s not interviewing the country’s top players, she’s co-hosting ABC’s Dancing With the Stars, asking contestants about their fancy foxtrots. (She covers the sports spectrum!)
Andrews has also had to deal with her fair share of crap being a woman surrounded by guys. “You need to have a thick skin and you need to prepare,” she says. Apparently people don’t always take you seriously when you’re an expert from a major network and happen to be blonde and female, but Andrews handles it with grace and confidence and by knowing her stuff.
Even if sports aren’t really your thing, this Florida-native has some seriously hard-won advice on your career, how to fit in workouts anywhere, and how to relax. (Hint: it might even involve Bravo). —Molly Gallagher
1. What’s your workout schedule like and what are your favorite workouts? What I’m doing is so up the air, I could have a feature or a commercial shoot, I really don’t have a set schedule. All I know is I have Dancing With the Stars on Mondays and football on Sunday…. What I try to do is plan my workout every single day. If I can have it in my mind that I am going to work out every single day and, then, if I don’t, it’s fine. I just get to the gym the next day.
I’m into Pilates on the Reformer. I can’t get through the class without stopping, which I like because it pushes me. I love Physique 57. It’s hard for me to get to their classes, so I do their online workouts. They’re great. I do them right in my room.
2. You’re one of few women in such a male-dominated industry. It must be tough…how do you handle challenges, like people talking down to you? I think it has everything to do with my support system. Anytime I’m frustrated, I lean on my Fox Sports staff—and my sister, my boyfriend, and my girlfriends are great supports…. They remind me ‘Who cares what other people have to say?!’ With social media, everyone’s opinion is out there. I am learning to have an attitude where I say, ‘I am doing what I want, as long as my employer is happy then we’re fine.’
3. What’s your biggest piece of advice for a woman trying to prove herself in a similar career situation? I have two pieces of advice: You need to have a thick skin and you need to prepare. Whether you’re getting ready for a huge meeting or prepping for a game, you have to be really prepared. Women are always being judged as to whether they really know what they are talking about…if you’re prepared and someone comes at you with a question, you have to be ready to answer. If my producer is asking me a question in my ear, I just want to be ready. I work so hard and I care so much. I know there are always going to be doubters.
Also, Joe Buck, he’s our play-by-play guy, I work with him during the World Series, and he has such a great attitude about critics. He says, ‘It’s sports we’re doing. We’re not curing cancer. We’re there to report the game, but we’re also there to provide entertainment.
4. That’s some perspective. What’s your eating schedule like? It’s hard. I just try to make sure that I’m not over indulging. I’ve also teamed up with Florida Orange Juice. If I don’t have much time, I’ll have a glass. I like food. I don’t diet, but I also know I need to be careful about portions, and to not eat too much fried food. On the sidelines I would love to have a handful of M&Ms, but I know almonds are better. It’s about making sure that I’m filling myself with proper energy and food. I have to make sure I feel and look good.
5. I saw on Twitter that you recently had your last Sunday at home until February. How do you stay sane when you’re traveling so much? Last night I came home from being out all day. I went outside for about 20 minutes and looked at the sunset. Whenever you can enjoy quiet moments—that’s the most important thing to do. My schedule is about to be out of control. I want to make sure I take the proper steps to keep my health and sanity up, and allowing myself the little things to enjoy. I’m not going to lie. I also watched three episodes of the Real Housewives of Orange County last night.
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