Aloha bitchessss (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, anyone?)
So I just had to write a little bit about this show called Gallery Girls on the Bravo network that I happened to tune in to. I like it, I will continue to watch it, but I will continue to be pissed off at a few things.
The show is about a group of girls living in NYC trying to make it in the art gallery world. Of course any show that has to do with a group of girls living in the city I will give a whirl, and to add to that I have some experience of working with galleries from when I used to intern in Event Planning. I enjoy this show because it is relatable on that aspect.
I can also relate to the series because I believe that Bravo is trying to showcase JUST how hard it is to make it in any competitive industry in NYC. These girls are doing un-paid internships for up to three years just to build a resume in the hopes that a full-time job will follow afterwards. I am very familiar with this.
Now the part that pisses me off…
All of these girls have “trusts”, or their parents cover 100% of their bills, or they grew up “privelidged”. OK, so you have to intern and work for free. Tough shit. You don’t have to cry yourself to sleep at night wondering how you’re going to pay your rent at the end of the month. One girl on the show got the position at her gallery because of who her father is in the industry. Ridiculous. I went to a private fashion school in the city and I have seen instances like this countless times and I cannnnnot tell you how much it pisses me off. I would literally over-hear some pretentious girl talking about this amazing internship she got because her mom made a phone call. Some of us actually have to work to be successful, ya know?
What bothers me is not the fact that these girls are rich, but that the show gives a false idea that it is only possible to live in the city if living expenses are not of concern…as long as you have Daddy to cover the bills you can do anything. This is so, so wrong and I fear it will prevent young girls from moving to the city. Don’t get me wrong, I had much help financially from my parents when I was in college here (tuition, rent), but my work ethic has always been there. I was a full-time student, interning 3-5 days a week, and working a part-time bar job on weekends for spending money.
If you live in the city and want to get into a competitive industry, you WILL have to intern, and you WILL have to find time to work a part-time paying job to cover your bases. You’ve gotta hustle if you live in the city baby..they designed it that way. Talk to your internship employer and be clear with them that you DO have to pay rent at the end of the month and need spare hours throughout the week to work at another job. If they are half-way decent, they’ll totally get it. I am not a fan of slave labor, and you should not be either.