How to Succeed in Business Without Really Crying
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For many years, television comedy was an exclusive all boys’ club—until a brilliant comedian named Carol Leifer came along, blazing a trail for funny women everywhere. From Late Night with David Letterman and Saturday Night Live to Seinfeld, The Ellen Show, and Modern Family, Carol has written for and/or performed on some of the best TV comedies of all time.
This hilarious collection of essays charts her extraordinary three-decade journey through show business, illuminating her many triumphs and some missteps along the way—and offering valuable lessons for women and men in any profession. Part memoir, part guide to life, and all incredibly funny, How to Succeed in Business without Really Crying offers tips and tricks for getting ahead, finding your way, and opening locked doors—even if you have to use a sledgehammer.
a daily basis it was all about me, me, me! And I never realized that looking for a job meant that I seriously had to reorient my entire perspective and behavior. This book you’re holding is the book I wish I’d had when I started out in my career. It’s a collection of lessons I’ve learned since then, and although the industry I’ve persevered in happens to be the business of show, I believe those lessons are universal. Whether you’ve just embarked on the career you’ve always wanted or are already
note to Kohl’s: You can stop sending them to me. I know you’re having a sale. You’re always having a sale.) No harm, no foul, right? It’s always acceptable business etiquette to respond a day later to an e-mail. But more important, during that twenty-four-hour period I’ve cooled down and am able to send a less emotional response, using words that spellcheck knows. Oh, how I wished I’d made that rule for myself earlier in the game. So, “be nice.” Turns out your mom wasn’t so clueless after all.
7, and you’ll know why staying calm when my car broke down in the left lane of the 5 Freeway, with failing hazard lights, during rush hour, was no biggie.) 2. I can read you like a book as easily as you’re reading mine. Working as a stand-up gives you a keen sense of people’s attention and whether you’ve captured it (or not). Which is a crucial skill to master in any business—and doesn’t hurt in your personal life, either. When you’re onstage, you’re constantly monitoring where the audience is,
actresses and, as often happens, most of their agents came back to us with “offer only.” Meaning, the talent is not open to auditioning. And that’s especially frustrating because, as respected and famous as some actors are, the creator and writer of the show would still love to see them doing the part before offering them the role. Well, after a couple weeks of trying, we weren’t getting far because all these high-end actresses wouldn’t even come in and read. That is, until Cloris Leachman. Yes,
this one all the time. It’s a good rule of thumb for your personal life as well. “A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down” was a concept much vaster than what was conveyed in Mary Poppins. 9. Work on your craft every day. With creative endeavors, this is especially important. The Muse needs to punch in every day, just like the rest of us. Whatever business you’re in, undoubtedly there are specific skills that are critical to your success. Don’t let those skills get rusty, even it means