Amy Odell, editor of cosmopolitan.com, is doing the publicity rounds for her new memoir Tales From the Back Row. Her colleagues figured that made her a perfect fit for this week’s edition of the website’s ongoing series “Get That Life.”
Odell has shared with Heather Wood Rudulph a breezy summary of her academic and professional life. It’s about internships, the importance of saying no to workplace berating and… the benefits of owning up to mistakes:
I ended up freelancing for New York magazine for their party reporting section. You go to these parties, interview these people for a few minutes each and then file your transcripts. I think I interviewed Kurt Loder on my first assignment. I don’t think the party reporting editor was very impressed with what I did. I didn’t get another assignment.
Then the editor sent out a mass email again saying she was looking for people, and I somehow got it too. I reached out and said, “Look, I went out for you once before and you didn’t like what I filed. But I know that I’m good. I know I can do this, and I really want to go out for you again.” She told me later that the fact that I said I messed up but I know I can do it again was really ballsy. She respected that and sent me out to an event.
Ha ha. There you go, Kurt Loder. You were, sort of, a key part of Ms. Odell’s success.