Special thanks to Lisa-Marie Rahlmann for translating the interview.
Jorge Velázquez is member of the sports editorial department at COPE [Radio] in Madrid. I am from Pozo Estrecho a small village in the countryside near Cartagena. Since I was little, I have been wanting to work with the man who is my boss today, Paco Gonzalez.
What do you dedicate yourself to?
My main occupation is the production of our nightly program “El Partido de las 12”: following the lead characters, looking for stories…moreover, I often participate in “Tiempo de Juego” [Game Time] and the other sports programs of COPE.
How much did you have to fight to pursue this?
Well, the biggest sacrifice was to leave my house and people almost three years ago to come to Madrid, and to pay the fees that a Masters in Radio entails, and to live on my own in a city as expensive as this one. Moreover, I continue to fight to make it in the world of communication which has been hit very hard by the financial crisis.
"I continue to fight to make it in the world of communication wich has been hit very hard by the financial crisis"
What is your educational background?
I have a Bachelors in Journalism and a Masters in Radio.
A project you have realized or would like to realize one day?
I guess anyone who dedicates themselves to this dreams of covering a big event, like the Soccer World Cup or the Olympics.
What are the three key factors to success, according to you?
I don’t think I am someone to give that kind of advice, but being responsible, making an effort, and believing in yourself, have not done me any harm… Success? Dedicating yourself to what you like and to being able to live off it.
What is your favorite hobby? A while ago, I would have said soccer. Now I would say being with my loved ones.
A fancy? A good restaurant with good company.
A website… Where my buddies work: www.cope.es.
A place… Calblanque Beach, in Cartagena. Very close to La Manga. A natural reserve with incredible beaches.
After work… That is often at dawn, so I put on some episode from a [TV] series until I sleep comes over me.
In another life… I would have set out to study to become a PhysEd teacher. I hope I never have to regret having chosen journalism.
I believe in… My family.
"Success? Dedicating yourself to what you like and to being able to live off it"
Do you believe in an afterlife? I have always thought of myself as being too young to consider these things. I prefer to focus on enjoying the moment…
A failure… Failure no, but I have committed many mistakes. / I have been wrong many times.
What did you learn from it? The good thing is that they keep you on your toes for the next time it happens.
To motivate myself… I think of how I am doing what I’ve always dreamt of doing.
A phrase or citation… "Bad people cannot be good journalists”, from Ryszard Kapucinski.
Who would you like to meet? There are too many interesting people in the world to be able to answer that one.
And to... No one. Many people deserve it, but I am not one to punish them.
A news item that comes to mind… I prefer to think that the best is yet to come.
A piece of advice that was given to you… More than advice I refer to the example that was given to me at home. The one of being a good person.
If you like, some music… Calle 13 - Latinoamérica