Monday, June 11, 2012

So You're Reading.... Bossypants by Tina Fey

 I’ve always enjoyed reading memoirs of people who I’d want to grab a cup of coffee with. People that would probably laugh at the same stuff as I would. Tina Fey is one of those celebrities that I both would love to and be terrified to meet. I am just such fan, that I would be super bummed if I caught her on an off-day or she turned out to be a turbo-jerk (I’ve decided this is a word). I get dorky about weird celebrities. You can have Brad and Angelina, I want to get mani-pedis with Tina Fey and Mindy Kaling.

Tina’s character on 30 Rock is relentlessly relateable- blergs and all. I loved her stuff on Saturday Night Live as well. Remember when she and Amy Poehler defended Hilary Clinton’s campaign on "Weekend Update" during the 2008 presidential race citing that a) “bitches get stuff done” and b)“bitch is the new black”? I could have given every person on the planet a hug and a high-five. As a matter of fact, I’m pretty sure I made at least ten people sit and watch the segment, hoping that they too would be as psyched as I was.

Tina Fey for Vanity Fair
 When Bossypants was released, I couldn’t purchase it fast enough; since I am the proud owner of a Kindle, I had that book in my hot little hands immediately. I had always been a fan of Ms. Fey’s writing style and perspective, so I knew that this book would become an instant favorite. As expected, I spent the next three days picking it up whenever I had a spare moment. I was literally that a-hole laughing out loud while trying to power through a high incline on the elliptical machine.

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As a woman working in the entertainment industry, Bossypants is relateable on a completely different level. The entertainment industry can be brutal- and not just for actors. Everyday there are droves of people heading to each respective coast to make their dream a reality. It’s not just difficult being a woman in the entertainment industry, it’s difficult in the entertainment industry period. I’ve never heard it put so succinctly as Ms. Fey does in the following excerpt from Bossypants.

“This is what I tell young women who ask me for career advice. People are going to try to trick you. To make you feel that you are in competition with one another. "You're up for a promotion. If they go for a woman, it'll be between you and Barbara." Don't be fooled. You're not in competition with other women. You're in competition with everyone.” 

If you are looking for some good solid laughs and anecdotes- Bossypants is a must read- and if you must read it on the elliptical machine at the gym, please be sure to laugh as loud as possible. 

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