I mean, obviously no one can take that credit away from me. That doesn’t just disappear.
But it was so nice while I was working on a semi-high-profile show, at a pretty high-profile level to be able to say the sentence, “I’m editor on The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore,” when people asked what I did for a living.
There was this kind of built-in level of respect… Industry people who may necessarily give me the time of day otherwise would be more likely to because, “Oh, she’s legitimate.”
Even just, forget the industry! No matter where I went, people would think I was a legitimate TV person… At the mentorship program I participate in (where we mentor high school students)… Even at bars, or anywhere. It doesn’t matter.
I had a legitimate job, and that felt amazing.
And I totally understand that people should judge others based on what they do for a living. That doesn’t necessarily speak to their character. But I also understand that I live in a world where opportunities became more readily available to me once I was editing on a Jon Stewart produced show on Comedy Central.
Also, as has been mentioned a few times (and will be mentioned again a few times in the upcoming weeks, I’m sure…) this year was a pretty tough year for me in a few ways…
But whenever things were tough, I always had this one beautiful, spectacular thing to hold onto… That I was an editor on The Nightly Show. It gave me a sense of power as I walked down the street.
“Okay, I may be struggling with this or that. I may have cried this morning. But as I walk outside now, I get to hold my head high because I am a girl (in her 20s, even! – age doesn’t really matter, but that impresses people nonetheless) editing on The freaking Nightly Show. I’m doing my life pretty correctly. It is going pretty darn well…
And it’s a bummer that that’s gone – a bummer I will expand upon in a post coming up soon wondering, “What the heck happened this year?!”