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Meet Larry Berle, Freelance Travel & Golf Writer

June 15, 2016

“Love what you do and pursue it with vigor, money will follow”

Are you a long time user of Media Kitty or a recent member?

I have been a Media Kitty member for four to five years.

What do you hope to get out of the new relaunched Media Kitty?

The main reason I came to Media Kitty in the first place was to connect with  destination and tour operators  for expanded possibilities of fam trips both organized and for me to participate in on an individual basis.   I also like the idea of meeting publishers and editors who are looking for stories.

How have you benefited from being a Media Kitty member?

I have been on several media trips that I would not have found if it were not for Media Kitty. One destination operator in Colorado which led me to a press trip of  dude ranches, which I never would have thought of and which I found totally fascinating.   The other one that led to multiple stories was one based in Florida. Because of that I went to Peachtree City— an amazing planned community.

What’s an interesting or exciting experience you got to have as a result of your job?

I went on a self driving trip to Mainland Greece,  As a tourist this is not a trip I would have pursued, but the places we went to with our guides and the people we met were fascinating.  I also got to go to Cuba. The culture and people there were so very interesting. I  am thrilled that relations with the US are finally normalizing  but I am less than excited  about how commercialized this tiny nation is about to become,

What makes you good at what you do?  

I love people, I love new experiences and I love learning.  After that I love sharing these experiences with people.  One of the stories my wife loves to tell is how easily I strike up a conversation in a social setting.  She likes to quote me in this way  “  Hi my name is Larry,  Oh you have a driveway, so do I” and suddenly  we have a common thread to become friends.

What is the best way for other members to find out more about you and your work?

Visit my book website and see my blog-   I try to post as many of my stories as I can there  — but I don’t work very hard to  build traffic, I am much more interested in the  writing and storytelling, and placing them with other publications.

What changes are you noticing in the market and your work networks?

It seems that people prefer reading on tablets and computers rather than paper.  Bloggers are the new travel writers— They also want concise stories with clear tips on where to go and what to do.

What is your number one tip for working more efficiently?

Get in a space with the fewest distractions possible, and bury yourself in your story.   Sometimes I think I would be better off deleting games from my computer so I am not tempted to  just slide over to a mindless activity

In your work background, how did you progress to your current role?

I spent most of my career in the music business as a concert promoter. Acts like  Andy Williams, Tony Bennett, B.B. King, Ray Charles  Ann Margaret and George Burns.  Perfect for me and my passion for music.  I was a concert promoter based in Minneapolis, Minnesota and ran my company for 31 years before selling it to one of my employees.  I retired very early but then decided to pursue other passions, like writing and public speaking.

What are your top three highlights of your career so far?

I have too many highlights to list here in my music career,  but in my writing career it is without a doubt, writing a book  A GOLFERS DREAM; HOW A REGULAR GUY CONQUERED THE GOLF DIGEST LIST OF AMERICAS TOP 100 GOLF COURSES.  This is the dream of many avid golfers, a bit like  Mountain Climbers  trying to climb the 7 summits. I self published this book eight years ago when self publishing was in its infancy.

In what ways does your job differ now from when you started out in your profession?

I started off writing exclusively about  Golf Travel,  then I was approached by to write stories for them. I have no kids  but soon learned that you don’t need to have kids to write such stories, its all about the interest in the subject matter—  Now I love to tell people  ‘You don’t have to be qualified to be President of the U.S. to be in the White House Press corps”   Passion for the topic leads to great writing and storytelling.

What advice would you give someone starting out in your profession?

That is so easy  “ Follow your passion”. If you love what you do and pursue it with vigor, the money will follow. more importantly a happy and fulfilling life will follow.

If you were not working in this area, what other area would you have been interested in working in?

I love to help people so being a professional philanthropist  would be near the top of my list.  I would love to be a grant officer at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and help identify world wide needs, learn about them and be able to help make solutions happen.

What are your interests outside of work?

Running, swimming, golf,  piano, I am a volunteer tour guide at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, Arizona, and also a volunteer guide at a Frank Lloyd designed home that is open to the public.

What is your favourite travel destination?

Berlin Germany – if they had better weather, I could live there.  The history of that city is so fascinating and it  is home to so much creativity in both the visual and performing arts.  Salzburg Austria might be a close second

What is your top travel tip?

Throw a dart at the map— then go research that location, and just go there and learn about it

What is your special talent?

I am a great connector of people. My daily life is full of meeting people and then connecting them with someone  where there is a common need or purpose  and seeing both of them benefit from the new relationship.

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