We’re all paying our dues.
Just read any “millennial struggle” article, about the challenges in breaking in, standing out, or moving up.
Like, this one in the NY Times:
This is especially true in more creative fields, whether it is filmmaking or publishing. “It’s fashion,” said Dawn Joyce, 24, when asked why she has gone through four internships since 2010. Those include unpaid stints at a major fashion magazine, where she mingled with Zooey Deschanel and Julianne Moore at photo shoots, and at a public relations firm, where she held front-row seats for late-arriving celebrities like Selena Gomez. “I consider myself to be pretty jaded already.”
“I have seen a lot of people beside me quit,” Ms. Joyce added. “It’s sort of like, ‘Let’s see who lasts the longest.’ ”
Yes, the industry is tough.
Yes, it’s easy to feel jaded.
Ms. Joyce sees internships as the endurance test to pay her dues.
Which is a mistake. She shouldn’t be paying her dues.
I’ll explain what I mean, but first here’s what I don’t mean..
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