Debbie's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    United States 2008

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    New York, NY

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 5

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DEBBIE STOLLER

Editor
Bust Magazine

“If you find something that is really your passion, it'll just keep coming up in your head even when you're doing other things.”

INTERESTS:

Journalism Writing

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Dedication Education Experience Hard Work Individualism Inspiration Money & Financial Security Passion Values

FOUNDATION:

Upholding a cause I believe in

TAGS:

grad school, influence, learning, limited, media, mtv, Nickelodeon, odd jobs, off time, woman's studies, women's movement

BIOGRAPHY:

  • She went to college and wanted to pursue multiple things, among them computer science and psychology.
  • Could’ve gone into computer engineering because she was very good at it; sometimes regrets not taking that lucrative path.
  • “Work is not necessarily the most satisfying thing in a person’s life” so take a job that affords you freedoms to pursue other interests.
  • She took some feminist studies classes and figured out that this “puzzle about women” had her completely hooked.
  • Wrote her dissertation on the media’s effect on women; got her Ph.D. from Yale University.
  • Took a job working in the “typing banks” at MTV, then at Nickelodeon; constantly thought “what am I doing here?”
  • After being inspired by Sassy magazine, she and some friends founded BUST in 1993; kept her day job to pay the rent.
  • Grew readership from 500 to over 300,000 readers, went from four issues a year to six issues a year, just kept expanding.

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