From 13 Going on 30 and The Devil Wears Prada, the realm of magazine life has had its fair share in the television spotlight. But, as great as each movie is, none of them have been able to portray complex, relatable women quite like Freeform’s The Bold Type. Even though it’s only on its second season, the show has taught me a lot about careers, friendships and love.
Make a job change even if it scares you
In pursuit of hard news and a new voice, Jane Sloan decides to leave Scarlet Magazine for a sexier, hipster news outlet. In the end it may not have worked out, but viewers got to watch Jane become uncomfortable. She became unemployed and turned to freelancing even though not having a stable income scared the hell out of her.
There’s a saying along the lines of you know you’re on the right path when what your facing scares you.
We only learn and grow if we are placed in a new situation that makes us uncomfortable in a good way. If you’re thinking of changing jobs or careers, take the leap. The worst thing that could happen is it doesn’t work out quite like you wanted.
It’s okay to question your friend’s values
From questioning and acknowledging white privilege to gun rights, The Bold Type isn’t afraid to tackle tough subjects and put their main characters on opposing sides. In our current political climate, their insights help viewers question their own values and those closest to them.
You’re never going to fully agree with your friends and family and that’s okay. What we need to become comfortable with is questioning these values when necessary. Not to cause tension, but to shed light on the whys and provide a new viewpoint. Friendship should be about understanding and helping each other grow. The only way to do that is by having meaningful conversations.
Don’t be afraid to question your sexuality
No one can tell you that what you’re feeling is wrong. Whether you realize you like the same sex or both, it’s completely normal and something that should be explored. In the show, Kat deals with this head on after work puts her on the path towards an adventurous female photographer named Adena. While in the show Kat’s family and friends are all supportive of her new relationship, not everyone will find themselves in the same situation.
I know it’s hard to go against the grain, especially when that grain is your family. But you can’t compromise your happiness for the happiness of others. It’s so important to explore yourself and surround yourself with people who will support and be happy for you.
Fashion magazines aren’t frivolous
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve hesitated before saying I want to work at a fashion magazine. Going to school for journalism and being surrounded by everyone who has dreams of working for outlets like CNN or the Arizona Republic made this feeling of unimportance so much stronger.
The Bold Type does an amazing job depicting the hard work that goes into writing for a magazine. Fashion is an escape for so many people. These magazines are a perfect place to tackle issues affecting women and, hopefully, other marginalized population groups. If you have dreams of working at a fashion magazine, stop feeling less than those who want to pursue hard news.
Follow your dreams
Kat became the first black women in charge of a department of the magazine. Jane went from assistant to writer after reading Scarlet throughout her childhood. Despite the pay cut, Sutton hustled her ass off to get into the fashion department. Yes, I know these are fictional accomplishments of characters on a TV show, but that doesn’t make them any less inspiring.
The underlying moral of this show is that if you truly want something, you need to go for it. Maybe it’s a long shot you get it or maybe it doesn’t pay enough.
Thankfully there is always time to make more money. But there’s no way to get back lost time and abandoned dreams.
Executively produced by Joanna Coles, former editor-in-chief of Cosmo and Hearst employee extraordinaire, it’s no surprise that The Bold Type is more than just entertainment. It’s the big sister you didn’t know you needed.
Cover image via Cosmopolitan
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