1. Run for Governor
2. Cheat on your wife with a call girl
3. Leave office in disgrace
In case you hadn't heard, Eliot Spitzer, former governor of New York best known for his escapades while off the clock, has been hired by a network to co-host a political opinion program.
Was John Edwards unavailable? Does Mark Sanford not have cell service in Argentina?
Then you've gotta wonder about whoever gets the co-anchor job. "Yeah, honey, I'm gonna co-host a network show! My co-anchor? It's...uh...well... Eliot Spitzer."
Back in the day when I was mailing out tapes by the bushel, news like this drove me crazy. You work your tail off only to see someone with no television experience land a gig you'd love to have... in this case, because the guy cheated on his wife. But the same feeling applied to beauty queens, former sports stars, celebrities who decided to "try out" the news business. I'd go home furious, wondering why hard work and experience didn't trump celebrity or superficiality.
But these are simply "life is not fair" moments, and you'll have many of them as you go through your career. Yes, you're entitled to roll your eyes when they hire the drop dead gorgeous ditz who thinks you need a passport to visit Hawaii, or the Ken-doll who thinks he's buying great baseball tickets because they're right behind second base.
But all you can do is focus on your own career and hope the right people notice. And by "right people" I mean those who don't go the gimmick route when choosing new members of a staff. Thankfully, there are still plenty of them out there.