I’m back with another interview for the #glowtogether, our anti-Bully campaign.
As we grow our anti-bully campaign, I wanted you to not only hear from me, but hear from other strong woman who have overcome adversity in their life. I want to use this space to highlight them and hope you find inspiration in overcoming your adversity.
Interviewee: Marina Taylor
Can you tell me what you do for a living?
I make videos for the internet!
In your job or your personal life, have you ever had something hard you had to overcome?
Starting from my sophomore year of college all I wanted to do was get an internship at a major media company. I wanted to work for a nationally broadcast television show and get the chance to work in New York or Los Angeles on the sets of the TV shows I loved to watch. I followed all of the recruitment twitter accounts, I stalked recruiters’ LinkedIn pages and tried to do whatever I could to get a foot in the door. For three years, I filled out countless applications through each companies’ online application portal. I soon began to realize that because these large media companies use algorithms to process their applications, my resume wasn’t even making it in front of human eyeballs. Of all of the applications I sent, aside from an initial email confirming receipt of my application, I never heard back from a single company. It was discouraging to say the least.
If there is something else in a similar situation, what are some words of advice?
I gave up on the big media companies. It became clear to me that I was missing the key words that would float my resume to the top of the digital pile. I needed to stop wasting my time. I regrouped and set my sights on local opportunities that would give me the same learning opportunities. The scale of production was smaller, but that also meant the competition was too. It’s unfortunate, but in the entertainment/media industry, it’s true what they say. It’s not about what you know, it’s about who you know. I used my networks to my advantage and landed an interview at a local NBC affiliate through the recommendation of a classmate. I finally got my foot in the door and got the experience that I was seeking. I thrived at my internship at the local morning talk show. I still got a chance to work with celebrities and observe how a real-life television show was run. I worked my ass off and I impressed them enough to let me extend my internship for another quarter. (Their first intern ever to do that, might I add.) I didn’t get to see the glitz and glam of a NY or LA set, but I was able to stay in my city, have an internship, continue to work part and go to school simultaneously.
If there was someone else in a similar situation, what are some words of advice?
If there’s something you want badly, try your hardest to achieve that goal. Be resilient and try again if it fails. But after a certain point, if things aren’t panning out for you, be realistic and pivot your strategy. There’s more than one way to get there, so if one door doesn’t open find another one!! Don’t be discouraged.
We live in a very digital world so you probably have seen some degree of online bullying. What is one advice you would give to young people to help stop cyber bullying?
I don’t know that there’s anything we can do to stop cyber bullying completely. Some people suck and those people who suck have access to the internet and there’s nothing we can do about them except block them. It’s not worth wasting your energy to engage with those types of people. I think what we can do is tune out the negativity with overwhelming kindness. Encourage and reward positivity in your digital spaces. But be careful not to confuse cyber bullying with legitimate critique. I see a lot of influencers who can be quick to delete any trace of negative feedback. Remember this “Whatever happens around you, don’t take it personally… Nothing other people do is because of you. It is because of themselves.” This is one of the Four Agreements from the book by Don Miguel Ruiz. A read I would highly recommend!
In your everyday life, how do you exercise positivity?