Monday, April 6, 2009

From this point forward, I shall be known as "Sugar Tits"

Ian Faith: They're not gonna release the album...because they have decided that the cover is sexist.
Nigel Tufnel: Well, so what? What's wrong with bein' sexy?

-"Spinal Tap"
Hollywood is a town based on aesthetics, both sorta manufactured and really manufactured. This is nothing new. One need look no further casting for the 2003 film Monster where it made more sense to "ugly up" the former model Charlize Theron than to cast an actress who was never named Sexiest Woman Alive by Esquire.

But as I've learned over the past four years, this desire for beauty extends well beyond casting movies and TV. It is firmly a part of many organizational staffing decisions. How do I know this? I've been told more than a few times that I don't have the right "look" for an assistant position. A leading agency told me I was too old for the job. A prominent Cable Network told me another candidate was much "easier on the eyes" before giving my candidacy the boot. And last week I received the latest explanation/newest addition to the EEOC Hall of Fame as to why one of the female candidates will likely get the gig...
  • "I just can't decide who (of the female candidates) has the nicer ass."
  • "Do you know that term 'Bedroom Eyes?' She has those."
I now know where my weaknesses are. But I CAN do something about them. So this morning i went to the gym, spent 30 minutes on the elliptical and then did squats. Later today, I will get colored contacts. This is the year I get a full-time job. I'm sure of it.

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