MJ: WOW, this blog is really going to start rocking now! Remember, ladies, if you want to write about a woman who inspires you, just email me at MJPostAuthor@gmail.com and we'll make it happen together!! Now without further delay, here's new author Katie Labovitz on an inspirational woman in the entertainment industry.
is best known for her work on The Office
and The Mindy Project
, but people might not realize she has more to do with both shows than her roles on camera. Kaling started her work with The Office
as the lone female writer on a staff of eight. She then earned a
supporting role on the show as Kelly Kapoor, Dunder-Mifflin’s talkative
customer service representative. While on the show, Kaling continued to
write and produce, becoming one of the show’s Executive Producers and
directing two episodes.
From The Office, Kaling created her own series, The Mindy Project.
She not only stars as Mindy Lahiri, a smart but sometimes selfish NYC
OB/GYN, but is one of the writers and Executive Producers of the show.
is one of few women of color headlining a primetime television show.
She also wrote a best-selling book of comedic essays, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns), and has another book, Why Not Me?,
coming out in 2015. Her candid interviews and contribution to popular
culture over the past decade have brought awareness to topics like
gender and ethnic stereotypes, body image and how she and comedy are a
In a 2012 interview with Vulture,
Kaling said, “I never want to be called the funniest Indian female
comedian that exists. I feel like I can go head-to-head with the best
white, male comedy writers that are out there. Why would I want to
self-categorize myself into a smaller group than I’m able to compete
in?” She’s funny because she’s herself, and she’s herself because that’s
how she was raised.
her book of personal essays, I felt like I was reading the diary of a
close friend. I laughed so hard I was in tears, but I wasn’t laughing at
Kaling, I was laughing at myself because her stories are so relatable.
It’s comforting to read that Kaling is so grounded when the image we are
presented from a lot of celebrities is how glamorous and untouchable
I am continually inspired by Kaling because of both the quality of her work (The Mindy Project
is among my favorite television shows of all time) and her work ethic. I
follow her social media accounts and am constantly amazed by the hard
work she and her crew puts in, as well as the real sense of community
they have created.
In her interview with Lena Dunham for Rookie: Yearbook Two,
Kaling said, “I’m tactile and affectionate, and that is part of how I
am on set with the actors, the crew, and the writers… And I'm a feminist
who wants to work with other feminists. I would wager that only a
masochist sexist would want to work at a show with an opinionated female
lead and showrunner. So I work with people who love women. That's a
nice thing.” I love that being kind is something Kaling is determined to
maintain in a cutthroat industry like television production.
might not aspire to star on my own television show like Kaling, but I
do hope to follow in her footsteps as a successful author and champion
of feminists everywhere.
MJ says: Katie, thanks for providing the inaugural entry for Women Who Inspire Us! Come back any time for a visit! Excelsior!!
Katie Labovitz has
lived all over the Midwest but presently resides in NYC because she
always wanted to live there. (As cliche as it sounds, she literally
packed up her car and moved there in 2012... mostly because she wanted
to be closer to Broadway/Off-Broadway theater.) She earned a BSC in
Telecommunications ('06) and a MS in Journalism ('11), both from Ohio
University and has written articles for various print and online
entities over the past several years. In December 2014, her debut YA
novel (Out at Home
) was published as an ebook. In addition to
working on more YA books and some unfinished screenplays, Labovitz is a
guest theater blogger for IN New York. Follow her on Twitter (@klabovitz
), read her blog (Two Degrees and Separation
), or check out her author page on Goodreads
Out at Home is a young adult novel that combines gay themes with sports and high school relationships.
Caleb Hanson and his
newly single mom pack up their car and drive from the only home he’s
ever known in New York City to his uncle’s house in middle-of-nowhere
Kentucky. In NYC, Caleb was the star pitcher of his high school’s
baseball team and openly fooled around with his best friend, Jackson.
In Kentucky, Caleb
opts to stay in the closet, but is forced to sit the bench because the
Bullfrogs’ roster is already full. When Caleb is paired up with Danny
Thompson, the team’s distractingly attractive catcher, to throw batting
practice, Caleb realizes that being stuck in small-town America might
have some perks after all.
between the boys, though their newfound friendship is soon challenged
when signs are misread and accusations are made. Caleb and Danny rely on
each other to work through their insecurities and find themselves
growing closer on and off the field. But will small-minded teammates and
the pressures of being someone other people expect you to be be enough
to break Caleb and Danny's burgeoning relationship, or can their love of
the game take them and the Bullfrogs to another State Championship?