So many of you have asked us, "How can I get a job like yours?" over the past few years that we thought it was time we finally tried to answer the question. Unlike becoming a doctor, lawyer, or teacher, there is no clear-cut "Go to school, pass your exams, hunt for a job" path to becoming a tech/gadget/phone reviewer. Instead, there are many ways to wind up spending your days behind a monitor and surrounded in FedEx Paks and press releases. And while the paths we took to get here likely can't be replicated (and believe me, you wouldn't want to recreate our journeys for yourselves), we can offer up some advice on how to go about making your own reviews better and how to grow a following or even make a little money from them.
For starters, we've hooked up with our friends at YouTube for a cool little contest: Over the holidays and New Year's you'll have the chance to post your own video review of a gadget. Together with YouTube we'll pick our three favorite submissions and they'll be featured on the YouTube home page to coincide with our coverage of CES 2010 the week of January 4th.
Before the contest starts, we want you to ask questions about the parts of the job that keep you up late at night wondering, "How'd they do that?" So check out this video I posted today and respond with your questions about tech reviewing. I'll be following up with a video that answers some of your questions and gives you a bit of a behind the scenes look at the glamorous (or not) life of a tech reviewer.
And then it'll be your turn: Think you can do it better than me? I'm sure you can ... But you gotta prove it!