Career Advice: What We Can Learn From Mindy Kaling Of 'The Office'
In spite of being a writer, Executive Producer, and actor on one of the top half-hour comedies on network television, “The Office" (and now "The Mindy Project"), Mindy Kaling is near the beginning of her entertainment career. Unlike Stories I Only Tell My Friends, in which actor Rob Lowe chronicles his 30-plus years in showbiz, or Bossypants, whose author, Tina Fey, has 15 years of professional experience, Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) gives equal coverage to the pre-making-a-living-at-showbiz years as it does to “The Office” and everything that has come from that. This is a good thing for readers with big dreams who are just starting out or who feel stuck where they are. She recounts the lean years in sometimes hilarious detail, which can make those going through their lean years now feel a lot better. She shares stories of auditions gone wrong, being a great nanny, not getting a much-desired job as an NBC page, and time spent working as a production assistant on a cable show featuring a physic communicating with studio audience members’ dead relatives. But beyond the foibles and lost opportunities are some behaviors which contributed to Kaling’s success. Yes, being smart and talented helped, but what can you take away from Mindy Kaling’s entertainment career and embrace for your own career? Here's some valuable career advice: