Life in Mascara: Women Getting Things Done: Tina Fey

Monday, March 30, 2015

Women Getting Things Done: Tina Fey


i can remember first seeing Tina Fey on SNL during her epic run as part of Weekend Update on the rare occasion that my sister and i were up late on a Saturday. even at that age i knew this woman was powerful. i looked forward to every skit with her in it. for many years i watched her and it wasn't until she left and created her next show, 30 Rock (based loosely on her life as a writer for SNL) that i realized just what a powerhouse this woman was.

i recently read her book, Bossypants, and i laughed from cover to cover. her writing style, effortless and ironic, is just what we have come to know her for and love her for it as well. obviously everyone has a beginning in their career, but i had no idea she had come up with a traveling group, alongside many other great comedians (bestie Amy Poehler). she put in work and dedication and her hard work showed and payed off. 

In 1999, Fey became the first female head writer for SNL. a great milestone for her, and an even bigger one for all women. soon her name was everywhere and Fey was unstoppable. She kept producing epic skits on SNL (who can forget her as Sarah Palin winning her the AP Entertainer of the Year Award and this was as a gust appearance after she had left the show), but it was also her ability to produce other strong projects on her own that kept her growing. in 2004, she wrote and co-stared in Mean Girls. it has been over 10 years, and it is still the cult classic it once was. i still quote it more than i care to admit. in 2010, Fey was the recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, making her the youngest ever winner of the award. Fey has received eight Emmy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, five Screen Actors Guild Awards, four Writers Guild of America Awards and has been nominated for a Grammy Award for her autobiographical book Bossypants, which topped the The New York Times Best Seller list for five weeks.

as if i couldn't love this woman more (and thanks for making wearing glasses cool ~pushes her own up bridge of nose~ ) her remarks on being a women and advancing in her career:
"When faced with sexism or ageism or lookism or even really aggressive Buddhism, ask yourself the following question:"Is this person in between me and what do I want to do?" If the answer is no, ignore it and move on. Your energy is better used doing your work and outpacing people that way. Then, when you're in charge, don't hire the people who were jerky to you." ~Bossypants 2011

she doesn't believe in people tearing other people down. she believes in hard work and dedication. i respect that and i hope one day, if the Baby Jesus gives me a daughter, she will look up to her as well. 

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