Kate's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    San Jose Team

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    New York, NY

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 4

  • ON DVD:

KATE WHITE

Editor-in-Chief
Cosmopolitan Magazine

“Some of it is just putting one foot in front of the other.”

INTERESTS:

Journalism Writing

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Determination Fear Goals Opportunity Passion Planning Risk Struggle Chance Exploration Perseverance Instincts

FOUNDATION:

Being Creative

TAGS:

big break, change, circus, clown, clowns, confusion, creative, do something, editors, grunt work, leaving, magazines, opportunity, rewards, rough idea, strengths, volunteering, weakness, women, work hard

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Knew she wanted to write since she was a kid, but still had doubts about which career path to follow.
  • At one point, she even looked into being a flight attendant.
  • Says that at some point, you have to take a plunge; after college, she moved from her small town to New York City.
  • Got an editorial assistant position at Glamour, but wasn't really getting the opportunity to write or contribute.
  • In order to show how passionate she was about writing, she put together a portfolio of articles and pitched to her boss.
  • A month later, they called her back and offered her a feature story-the catch was, she'd have to train and perform as a circus clown.
  • She knew she couldn't turn this opportunity down; said, if I'm going to prove my worth, I might as well throw myself into this absurd story.
  • Because she showed such dedication, and because her story turned out so well, the magazine created a position just for her.

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