“Whoever Takes Pictures Of Kittens In Human Clothes. I Love Those!:” A TDQ Q&A With Wally Lurz, Part 2

Wally Lurz: The Best

Wally Lurz receiving the presidential award for being The Best Photojournalist.

TDQ: Is there a photojournalist hierarchy? Is the ultimate goal to be in New York or DC working “for the network” filming Brian Williams or Diane Sawyer, or is the best work done in the trenches? 

Lurz: I’m the best. That’s all you need to know. There’s a hierarchy in terms of being cool and not being a douche. And, being a good shooter of course. As far as going to NY, LA, or CHI it’s basically a preference. Finding the right fit for what you like and what you wanna do. I know people who’ve gone to bigger markets and those that have gone to smaller ones, as well as people that have gone into film or production of some sort. Then there are those that have gotten out completely. There’s a pretty big turnover rate in television. I know as many people in TV as I do that have gotten out. Overall it just depends on your talent, goals, determination and a lot of patience. It can be difficult to get a job in the big cities because they’re usually union shops and the guys in those jobs stay there ‘til they die. You do seem to have a little more control of your product in the trenches though. Which is nice.

TDQ: What’s a typical work day like for you in South Florida news?

Lurz: Take the best sex you’ve ever had, add it with winning the lottery, and you’re nowhere near it…really. You’re nowhere near it. Continue reading