Brooke Hundley’s Advice For Succeeding In Media

By now you’re quite familiar with Brooke Hundley, the wacky gal with the Steve Phillips fixation who went all Kathy Bates in “Misery” on us today (and there but for the grace of God go you, David Letterman). Here’s another Hundley fun fact: In 2007 she wrote to the dean of communications at her alma mater, Ithaca College, to give advice on media networking. That advice is both fun and revealing.

Brooke Hundley Steve Phillips

Included in the letter are several tips on getting ahead in the business, which she picked up at the International Radio and Television Society’s annual minority career workshop and job fair. The dean, Diane Gayeski, posted Hundley’s letter on her blog. When read in the light of current events, they are not only hilarious, but leak irony from every vowel.

Excerpts from Hundley’s letter following the jump.

From “All Things Park, The Dean’s blog for the Park School of Communications at Ithaca College.” Hundley writes:

  • “The day was an amazing opportunity and I wanted to pass on a few interesting words of advice I heard over and over again for your other students.”
  • “1. Networking is not sucking up. You never know who you will need help from further down the road or who might know someone who can open a new door, so be nice and get to know everybody.”
  • “2. Appearance matters …”
  • “3. Set yourself apart from the competition by working harder than everyone else. …”
  • “4. You only get one chance to shine, so make sure you’re ready for it. If you’re given an amazing opportunity and you fail, people will always refer back to the fact that they already gave you a chance. Follow those gut feelings if you not ready to tackle the new responsibilities, hold out until your skills are sharp and you can really attain success.”
  • “5. … It’s important to pay attention at all times with what’s going on in the industry especially with everyone clamoring with how to handle new media. Future hires need to know what’s happening at all times.”
  • “And finally just be willing to apply to everything and work whenever and wherever you can. People are always looking for candidates who have shown they can hustle and will take on any tasks that come their way, even if it’s just assistant work. Often times a strong background and involvement will make the requirements for the job a little looser to fit such an ideal candidate.”

“One proud Parkie,
Brooke Hundley”