First the exposes were about Roger Ailes.
Then Matt Lauer.
Now, The New Yorker fingers Leslie Moonves.
In addition to the abuse were myriad other problems going along with those supposed glam. They didn't only affect women.
Two-thousand miles away from Fox News in Manhattan is Tucson, Arizona. There I met and interviewed a former producer who was recovering from a serious health problem. He chose AZ because his family was there.
Should he return to television, he wondered. It wasn't the high-pressure work per se that had sidelined him. It had been, he suspected, all the after-work social events it had been mandatory to attend. Along the way he lost the ability to sleep and eat right.
Yet another issue was: Was his brand tarnished by beginnings of the Ailes' scandal? He wrestled with the option of leaving that experience off his resume.
Right in Manhattan were too many members of recovery groups, men and women, who lived in sustained fear that when they showed up for work, they would be escorted to human resources and terminated. Job security didn't exist.
That's why those who teach scriptwriting for television courses warn students to keep the creativity within the box. The instructors hammer how those doing the selecting tend to be risk-averse. Since they are paying for the McMansion, private schools for the kids, and alimony to the first wife, they live in total angst of crossing some kind of line and being terminated.
The ambiance, though, in the locations of the glam jobs is joyful. When I did assignments for corporate communications at television networks, the organizational cultures seemed family-like.
It wasn't until I shifted to the career coaching side that I learned first-hand about the daily undertow of angst. Since my specialty is the over-50, the majority of the clients had been banished from The Paradise that puts extreme value on youth.
The reality is: The price for getting, holding, and moving onto better work in most glam jobs can be high. Some are put together in ways that they can pay it easily. Others are not. Therefore, self-awareness is everything.
Also, associates laboring like medieval monks in the back rooms of law firms should give up the fantasy of a much better professional life in the glam niche. That could be even more difficult to endure.
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