"While the company [Conde Nast] lifestyle is lavish, the company culture is fearful." Dominique Browning, Chapter 1 in 2010 book "Slow Love: How I Lost My Job Put On My Pajamas & Found Happiness." Here you can order it from Amazon.com.
For about 10 years Dominique Browning managed to make it in a glam field: Editor-in-Chief at Conde Nast title House & Garden. Doing that, she knew, required being an astute game player. When the gig vanished, she took the time to decide what new way she wanted to live her life. What she accomplished in her book was confirming that making in big in glamour industries requires more than talent.
Before the members of the Class of 2018 select their majors and begin concrete career planning (nailing down internships) they should read "Slow Love." What game do they want to get into?
And before those already in those fields declare themselves "failures, they should consider if they want to overhaul how they are playing the game. By embracing a new set of values and behaviors they could begin to get ahead. They might not make it to the top of the food chain. However, they could gain access to more of the high compensation and perks in glam.
No, it's not too late to do course correction. That's the beauty of the American brand of capitalism. We can jump in at any time, at any stage of our careers and at any age and start the right moves.
A Baby Boomer colleague who was cut loose from a glam field made it his business to operate his own business in exactly the ways the game requires. "I made mistakes as an employee, being nice," he confided to me. Currently he keeps score on what favors he does and which are returned. In his industry which is full of fear he has become feared.
On the other hand, he is the same sweet guy in personal relationships. It's mandatory to set up a support system totally separate from work. That's where we go to nurture the human in us. The money and other goodies we generate by being a ferocious animal on the playing field nurture our capitalist side.