5 times we took career advice from Tina Fey

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.

Tina Fey Mean Girls

Tina Fey in Mean Girls (Image Credit: Rex Features)

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!

Tina Fey in Mean Girls

Tina Fey in Mean Girls (Image Credit: Rex Features)

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.

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.”

Tina Fey in Sisters

Tina Fey in Sisters (Image Credit: Rex Features)

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!