After my internship at “Midday Live with Bill Boggs”, I knew I HAD to work on a TV show. Unfortunately I wasn’t getting a job in TV so quickly! During my internship, I met a few PR people who I guess noticed my tenacity and offered me a job. I went to work in a very small PR firm with a terrific woman by the name of Marcy Rudell. It was a direct marketing PR firm. As hard as i tried, I just didn’t love what I was doing. I missed being on the other end of the phone getting pitched by people as I did at MIdday. Now I was doing the begging! My hat is off to all PR people, it’s not easy!
Everyday I dreaded going to work. I just didn’t love it and it didn’t feel right for me. I was being paid a lot of money for a kid just out of college, but I was just not happy. One day, I just burst into tears and told Marcy that as much as I was so appreciative, I knew in my gut, that I wanted to work on a TV show and I couldn’t settle. Problem again, I just didn’t know how to get my first real paying job in TV. Although I would have done it for free! Believe me! I went to all the employment agencies (do they still have them???) and said, i only want to work in TV. Now, think about it, what’s the chances of getting a job on a TV show thru an employment agency??? But, what did I know??
The employment agency said, “We don’t have a job in TV, but we do have one in Advertising, and that’s pretty close to TV.” Really??
I started my new job at an Advertising firm called Wunderman, Ricotta and Kline. Now I was making even more money and working at a glamorous Advertising Agency on Madison Avenue. Who wouldn’t be happy? I was an asst to 2 big bosses. A man and a woman. We were working on the Johnson and Johnson acct. I should have been happy?? Right?? Big job. Making great money for just out of college..
I just couldn’t do it. I loved everyone there, but my heart wasn’t in it. I wanted to feel PASSION FOR MY WORK! Finally, my brother Michael called me and said there was a temporary position, making half the money at Good Morning America. (sorry if you heard this already). There would be no guarantee that the job would last, I wouldn’t be staff, no insurance and I would be making half my salary that I was making at Wunderman.
I didn’t care, I would survive! I HAD to take this job. I told my bosses and started at GMA the next week.
I was so happy. I worked around the clock, and it didn’t feel like work! I felt like the luckiest girl in the world. The rest as we say, is history!!!..
My lesson here (and I tell my kids this).. YOUR WORK LIFE IS A LONG, LONG TIME.!. DO WHAT YOU LOVE AND IT WON’T FEEL LIKE WORK!! BE PASSIONATE ABOUT WHAT YOU DO! DO NOT SETTLE FOR MONEY AND A JOB YOU DO NOT LIKE. MONEY WILL COME EVENTUALLY, BUT BEING HAPPY EVERYDAY IS SO MUCH MORE IMPORTANT!
I am now media training people who want to break into TV on air. Jane Hanson and I are going to be running a weekend Academy.