The hardest part of being a successful automotive journalist is proving your worth and getting your foot in the door, especially if you don’t have any formal knowledge of the subject. Today on Offtrack, I talk to Road & Track writer Robert “Bob” Sorokanich about how to become a somebody in a field in which you know nothing about.
In the context that both Bob and I started out with no formal knowledge of writing and cars, and still enjoy the supreme satisfaction one gets when working on your car or getting a well-received story, we’re likely each other’s spirit animals. That’s why I met up with him in Brooklyn for my off-topic, in-car YouTube series in which I talk to interesting car people about anything and everything, including how he deals with internet trolls and why I’ll referee a boxing match between him and our own Doug DeMuro.
Tavarish is the founder of APiDA Online and writes and makes videos about buying and selling cool cars on the internet. He owns the world’s cheapest Mercedes S-Class, a graffiti-bombed Lexus, and he’s the only Jalopnik author that has never driven a Miata. He also has a real name that he didn’t feel was journalist-y enough so he used a pen name and this was the best he could do.