Comedienne Tina Fey is an actor, producer, mom and all-around great entertainer.
But when it comes to balancing motherhood and work, she gets irked by two questions, in particular: “How do you juggle it all?” And, “Are you going to have more kids?”
Fey writes in this week’s New Yorker that science shows that fertility and movie offers drop off steeply for women after 40. The baby-versus-work life questions keep Fey awake at night. In her field, especially, she says women are labeled “crazy” after a certain age, and the only way to fix the situation so that women are no longer viewed as “crazy” is for more females to become producers and for companies to hire a more diverse array of women of all ages.
Laurie Puhn (www.fightlesslovemore.com) says the hardship of being a working mom in the entertainment field is that every job offer and reporterrequest is urgent. “If you don’t respond immediately, someone else gets the gig or feature article. This means you are never off-duty,” she says. “Not checking e-mail at night means falling behind on your career. In the entertainment world, you are only as good as your last gig/movie/show/skit/article. When you miss a beat or say no to a guest appearance, your career takes a hit.”
Puhn knows this firsthand. She had her second child two weeks ago today, yet she still took time to comment on Fey’s views on balancing work and motherhood.
“Being a lawyer/couples mediator, writer and television personality myself, I receive many expert comment requests. When the writer of this article emailed me for my insights on Fey’s article, I said ‘yes.’ If I didn’t respond to the request immediately, you would be reading someone else’s insights right now and I wouldn’t get to tell you that I just wrote a new bestselling book, Fight Less, Love More: 5-Minute Conversations to Change Your Relationship without Blowing Up or Giving In, which by the way, is a national bestseller.”
We salute Fey, Puhn and all other working moms who are providing invaluable contributions to their respective lines of work, society in general, and the next generation.
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