Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, and has toured internationally. She also has an advice column at LA Weekly
called "Ask Fan Landers
," where musicians write in to ask her everything from whether or not it's a good idea to manage your spouse's band, and what to do when one of your band members is always drunk. Her column this week addresses "making it,"
which can really be applied to any job really—this idea that we want to cross that imaginary line in our careers we set for ourselves to feel like we've finally "made it." [via
In 2010, Sahil Lavingia was recruited to become the fourth employee at Pinterest, then a little-known website. Being handpicked to help develop a site that is now used by millions is impressive in itself, but the accomplishment is made all the more remarkable by the fact that, at the time, Lavingia was an 18-year-old freshman at USC.
The Atlantic talked to
the 2 former interns who sued Fox Searchlight over their six-month unpaid internships working on Black Swan
Nepotism existed long before Downtown Abbey deftly displayed its perks. When I interviewed J. Robin Baitz, a Tony award-winning playwright, about breaking in, he said that nepotism is far more pervasive than most folks realize. “There’s this whole world of people who are just connected. It’s your worst fears always, come true.”
It’s easy to resent those who chose their parents more wisely, but kvetching about it is (almost) as obnoxious.
For starters, stingy CEOs, global economic pressures, and technological advances have made it necessary to Do-It-Yourself. Most businesses, even publicly traded Fortune 500 ones, still promote from within. Henry Ford’s great-grandson William Clay Ford, Jr. serves as the executive chairman of Ford Motor Company. The CEO of McGraw-Hill Companies is Harold Whittlesey McGraw III. It’s grating when those with trust funds, clan crests, or Ivy League logos dismiss what these privileges provide. That said, we shouldn’t inflate their value—we should find a way to beat it.
As someone who has worked for a lot of people who didn't "get it," and is now fully self-employed, I fully support Moe Tkacik's new venture. Her announcement and her ideas for how she plans on earning money can be read here