There was a time, I admit it, when I thought Tina Fey was “just that teacher from Mean Girls”. I wondered why she was so famous when she had been a small role overshadowed, in my opinion, by the big characters of Regina and Cady. I didn’t know that she had actually written the film.
Anyway this realisation has turned me into a firm Tina Fey fan. She wrote one of my all-time favourite films after all! And as an aside from this, her career advice is pretty epic too.
Here are 5 times she’s totally inspired me with her career advice.
1. Be a fierce competitor
In her memoir, Bossypants, which btw is hilarious, Tina says:”You’re not in competition with other women. You’re in competition with everyone.”
2. Get a role model
Tina seems like she wouldn’t need a role model but she has three who she constantly looks to for advice and guidance. She looks up to American comedian Gilda Radner, Lucille Ball from I Love Lucy and Oprah. Tina says: “I do pretty much whatever Oprah tells me to.” I’ll be doing the same pronto then!
3. Don’t let sexism hold you back in your career
“Only in comedy, by the way, does an obedient white girl from the suburbs count as diversity” Tina says. We’re taking from this that whatever industry you’re in, don’t let sexism or racism hold you back. If you think an industry seems white-male dominated for example, don’t let this put you off altogether. Follow YOUR passion until the end, just like Tina did.
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4. Question everything
If someone is bulldozing you with their ideas, DO question them and call them out on their bullsh*t. “To me, YES, AND means don’t be afraid to contribute. It’s your responsibility to contribute,” she writes in her book, “Always make sure you’re adding something to the discussion. Your initiations are worthwhile.”
5. Confidence is King
People apologise too much and they shouldn’t. Tina says: “No one wants to go to a doctor who says, ‘I’m going to be your surgeon, I think?’ Nope, I’d run a mile. Instead she advises to be confident in your abilities and not be afraid of failing. You’re much more competent than you might think!