Truckin' Editors Note - You Have the Best Job in the World! - And Finally
How to Be Part of the Club
Very often, we as editors hear somebody tell us that we have the most amazing, coolest, baddest job in the world. And right after that comment comes the inevitable follow-up about how we got this job. Well, honestly there is no set-in-stone path to follow but there are, of course, some job requirements.
Each of us here has a different story to tell - some are similar; some are glaringly different. In reality, to get a position at this magazine, it all starts with you. Do you have the stamina to complete 13 issues a year while simultaneously shooting features, traveling untold thousands of miles per year on cramped airlines, staying in seedy hotels, and getting paid barely enough to afford lunch once a week at the local $3.99 buffet? If this is you, then by all means, come on down! It's really not that bad. You can afford the buffet at least three times a week.
We've got ages ranging from 25 to 53 and skills ranging from grads with English majors to industry blue-collar types. The majority of our crew is college educated, with me being the only industry cross-over on the team. In this world, the odds of making it far are tough without the added benefit of a college diploma. Let me give a quick rundown of what our guys have for backgrounds, and then compare how you stack up. Does this dream have the possibility of becoming your reality?
Harley Camilleri, 31, is a self-made, school-of-hard-knocks type. He's been a high-performance toy enthusiast since he was young and has a background in motorcycles, cars, trucks, and boats. He spent time as the general manager of West Coast Customs doing baller cars and trucks. He came into the magazine looking for an opportunity to stay in the industry but to become more acquainted with the business side of things. His byline has appeared in Truckin', Truckin's SUV, and Sport Truck. He has many cover vehicle credits.
Travis Noack, 28, is a college graduate with a degree in communications. He grew up around cars, trucks, and boats, and his enthusiasm came from his father's passion for hot rods. As soon as he graduated college, he went into the magazine industry. He has been involved in truck shows and clubs since he was old enough to drive. His byline has appeared in Truckin', Sport Truck, 4-Wheel & OFF Road, Mini Truckin', Truckin's SUV, and Custom Classic Trucks. Currently, he has one cover truck to his name, and one will be on the cover soon.
Dan Ward, 25, is a college grad with a degree in English. He has been a high-performance car and truck enthusiast since high school. He worked in an auto parts store through both high school and college and, when he graduated, came straight to the magazine. His byline has appeared in Truckin', Sport Truck, Truckin's SUV, Mini Truckin', and Custom Classic Trucks. His current truck project is soon to be featured on our cover. Dan's the youngest dude in the crew.
Steve Warner, 34, is also a college grad with an English degree. He actually wanted to become a sports commentator but got lost somewhere along the way and wound up in the magazine industry. He worked his way up through the ranks and now runs this magazine. Steve's affinity for cars, trucks, and boats started in high school. His byline has appeared in Truckin', Sport Truck, Truckin's SUV, 4-Wheel & Off Road, Kit Car, Hot Rod, Mini Truckin', and Go Boating. He has many cover trucks to his credit.
There has to be one old guy in every crew, and we have the best of the best. Bob Ryder, 53, has a college degree in Industrial Engineering. Bob saw some time playing pro football, then coached high school teams, and finally ended up in magazines. His backgrounds in racing and customizing were his springboard into the industry. His byline has appeared in Circle Track, Craftsman Truck Series Racing, Truckin', Custom Rodder, Street Rodder, OFF-ROAD, Truckin's SUV, and Custom Classic Trucks. He has many cover vehicle credits to date.
Mark Halvorsen, 38, is a college grad with a degree in English Literature. He wanted considered becoming a novelist but found his calling in the magazine industry and has worked for many different types of magazines. The flip side of having such a wide magazine background is that Mark's not the guy to talk to about building trucks. His byline has appeared in Mobile Electronics, Camping Life, Bass & Walleye Boats, Truckin', and Truckin's SUV. He'd rather write about your trucks than build his own, so he has never even come close to building anything that would see a cover.
As you can see from our backgrounds and histories, this is a diverse group of individuals solidly bound together by a love for all things motorized (except Mark). So now you know. Where do you fit in? Do you think we fit in? It takes all types. Next time, you see one of us and you start telling us we have the best job in the world, we'll say thanks, because we do have one of the sickest jobs on the planet. We rock!
Editor's Note:This is our monthly column with Dan, Mark, and Harley rotating every four issues. Stay tuned for each editor's unique ramblings.