Welcome back to part II of our interview with Cyclocross Magazine’s Andrew Yee. If you missed part I you can read it here. We continue our discussion talking about the decision to make the magazine a full-time job and what the future holds for Cyclocross Magazine. Thanks for reading.
Is CXM your full-time gig? That must have been a leap of faith to take this on as your sole source of income.
Yee: In terms of hours, yeah, it’s been all-consuming for over a year now. It’s funny. I could never relate to classmates that pursued careers like investment banking because of the sheer hours they had to put in, but here I am working similar hours. I guess when you’re passionate about something, it’s a lot easier to maintain such a lifestyle.
In terms of a leap of faith, I guess that’s pretty accurate, and it almost didn’t happen. I’m a pretty committed person, for better or for worse, and when my buddy Mike couldn’t continue working on the mag, I was in a tough spot. But I felt like I’d always regret it if I didn’t give the young project a chance and see what it could become. And so after making that difficult decision, over time, it required more and more of my time and thus I went from having a full-time job trying to do the mag on the side, to a part-time job, to consulting a bit on the side, to now where I pretty much spend almost all waking hours on Cyclocross Magazine.
I really don’t like to do things half-assed, although many days I feel like that’s all I do just because I only get through half of what I want to do.
Bless my wife’s heart for her support and willingness to accept me giving up a real paycheck and being way less available. But I think the venture has merit and potential, we’re moving in the right direction, and I really hope we can make it work over time so that it’s a stable, even if very modest, source of income and a meaningful business that has a positive impact on the sport and its participants and fans. Continue reading “A Chat With Cyclocross Magazine’s Andrew Yee (Part II)”