3 LESSONS I LEARNED WHILE WORKING IN ENTERTAINMENT AS A WOMAN
I’ve been working in entertainment for the past 4 years. I’ve seen everything you can image behind closed doors. Yuck! When I first started working in entertainment I was warned about what takes place behind closed doors. I was told I’m going to see lots of drugs, see lots of sex and not to be surprised if I get looked down on by men because I was stepping into their world. The people who told me about working in the industry was right but I wasn’t going to let them stop me from working my dream job. These are three lessons I learned while working in entertainment as a woman.
MEN ARE GOING TO TRY TO DOWNPLAY YOU
Let talk about it. Entertainment has always been a mans playing field. Try being a woman creating a name for yourself. Men always think they know more that you (even if they’ve never done what you’re doing). When I started out in the entertainment field, I started off as a PR intern. I can’t count the number of times music artists tried to tell me what they “think” they know about PR. I would constantly here “you’re never going to be shit” or “this is how you’re going to do this…”. It’s like you can never be good enough for men in the entertainment field.
BEING A PLUS SIZE WOMAN IN ENTERTAINMENT IS HARD
Yeah I said it. Being a woman in entertainment is hard but being a plus size woman in entertainment is ever harder. When I first started working in entertainment I was much bigger than what I am now. I didn’t have a name yet so I had to get invited to major events through women that were much more smaller than I was. With Entertainment comes sex or sex appeal, which means if you’re a woman you must be sexy. Don’t believe me? The women who were once bigger eventually lost weight or secretly had the weight loss surgery [Missy Elliott, Jill Scott, Toccara, Jennifer Hudson, Monique, Tami Roman…the list goes on]. Why? They were secretly told that if they wanted to remain relevant that they would need to drop some weight. I can’t make this stuff up. I’ve learned that plus size women who work in entertainment have to put in double the work to not be ignored or left out.
KEEP YOUR LEGS CLOSED
There are so many women who work in entertainment who’s about a quick come up which often means they are giving up the cookie to get ahead in the game. I’ve never been a fan of that and never will be. I’ve been offered to have sex with men in the industry (rappers, singers, drummers, on the rise artists, producers). I’ve said no to them all. I don’t want a bad rep while trying to build a name for myself. I’m a woman and I will be respected. Keep your legs closed or you will be talked about behind closed doors and publicly.
The best advice that I can give to women trying to break into the music industry is to keep your head up, respect yourself first and show out with your work ethic.
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