This week's episode has a lot going on! Two press trips, two firings, more events, more fashion shows...this is typical life at the Revolution!
The first scene cracks me up because Kelly, Robyn and I always go places together to hang out or eat and supposedly RELAX, but still we end up using our BlackBerry's! I think we all can relate to the term "Crackberry"! We never stop - the first thing all of us do in the morning is grab our Berry and start reading emails. Our job is not a typical 9 to 5, it's more of a lifestyle really. Basically we are on call at all hours. Ask any fashion editor if they've received emails from People's Revolution at 1 or 2 AM and I am sure they will all tell you YES!
Not only are we in constant contact with press, but also as the heads of the company, we are always communicating with our clients as well. The only time I personally really shut off to the work world is on the occasional weekends that I get to have off. Between constant traveling for events and dealing with 2 seasons per year of New York Fashion Week (with months in preparation mode), we don't have the typical amount of weekends off, so I really value those rare occasions!! Speaking of a weekend off, I really need to plan a trip home to Minnesota soon...
I want to applaud Kell On Earth. This show describes the passion women put into running a successful business. It is obvious the intense work ethic that was built to make a thriving business. My girlfriend and I went to school for PR so were interested in watching the reality show. We find the attitudes and work ethic of several of the interns very close to humorous. Why can’t several of these girls take the pressure? I like Kelly’s idea on paying for an internship. Growing up in the Midwest there is a misconception that it is a slower paced environment. Many of the girls I know came from hardworking families and I would suggest interviewing on their family background. It will weed out the girls shedding tears. Right now it is difficult time in business and it’s a waste of time and money when young employees feel that they are overworked. What were their expectations? Again, hats of to the hard working people of People’s Revolution.
I've been hooked on this show ever since I watched the first episode online, now I DVR it. Emily rocks!
First of all, I want to say I love the thumbnail pics of the Senior Staff! You're all soooo pretty outside of work!!! I am loooooving this show! Previously I was devoted to The Rachel Zoe project and now I feel as if my allegiance is being tested by Kell on Earth. I am an IMG volunteer, and actually worked the Davidelfin show (it was the FIRST show I ever worked). I want everyone to know this was a beautiful show!! Truly amazing. The work that you do is beyond amazing. Having witnessed your work first-hand, I want people to know that the blood, sweat, and tears you are showing on the show leads to an AMAZING finished product.
I have been in beauty PR in NYC for about 7 years now..I started at a small firm that stemmed from another small firm - both with reputations of working everyone to the bone, saying the nastiest things to girls just emerging into the 'workforce' and thriving on the 'more clients, less employees' company formula. It's sad that this is how 'successful women' are being portrayed.
Luckily I'm now working for a larger corporation, in-house, and for the first time in a long time feel CONFIDENT that I do a good job. See, I always did a good job, but because there were SO MANY CLIENTS, (about 9 or 10 per assistant, 20 per team) your list was never done. And you were made to feel inadequate because of it. Alot of my beauty editor friends, and my good girlfriends that are now scattered throughout the beauty pr world have all vowed to start a generation of nicer, positively motivated successful women. You can still be successful by showing respect to other human beings.
The worst thing I ever heard a senior staff member say to me was that the reason they are treating me like crap is because that is how they learned, and what got them where they were today...and that I would find out when I got there. Unfortunately where they 'were today' was single, married to a blackberry with a reputation of being a horrible boss and even worse human being. I'd rather be respected because of the work I do, not the fear I instill.
That said, Kelly is a brilliant woman. But it would be nice to see praises now and again...especially from you and Robyn. You don't need to be the evil stepsisters...
Good show. As far as interns being thrown to the wolves I'm split down the middle about that. I have been in corporate run retail for 20 years. I have been in situations where I was pushed out there and expected to go to it when I had no idea what I was doing. I learned to just fake my way through but not all people can do that. The more pressure you put on people not to make mistakes the more they will do just that.
As someone who has been in a position of authority, I would always attempt to make new people feel as comfortable as possible regardless of the circumstances. I would tell them that they are not expected to know everything in two seconds and to ask questions. In the end, they respected me more for that. As I said just because I can go from treading water to swimming doesn't mean everyone can. The boss(es) at People's Revolution might want to take that into consideration. They're not all like you three. Savvy?
At the same time, I do acknowledge that one mistake could be catastrophic in your line of work so why do you hire interns then?
On a less serious note: What was this Virginia chick thinking?!? Personally I don't believe she had any experience in PR at all. If she did then she would have known not to twitter about it!!! DUH!!! My ex works for a legendary film maker. When we were together, he would sound off about what was going on and I knew not to say a word to anyone. When you're dealing with any kind of situation where celebs or fashion is involved the name of the game is shut up about it. Anyone who is in the industry would know that already. This chick wanted to get on tv.
Hi Emily! Let me start by saying how fascinating I find you and the show. I'm hooked and am singing your praises.
But let me also add how chaotic your office environment appears. Is this for real or do the editors want the world to believe your staff is run by untrained children?
A word of advice: Get a massive wipe/write board and fill it with everyone's daily responsibilities and goals. At least in this way everyone will be on the same page, and no one can say they weren't informed.
I have been in the corporate world for a very long time and have had to deal with both hires and terminations. With that said - I strongly believe that you should still have respect for the person being fired. As much as you want to reach across the table and pull thier hair out - they are feeling much worse and are afraid!
Remember - you are only as good as your leaders are....
Had to tell you that I just ordered a Palm Springs Slub throw-over and 3 t-shirts from Alternative's website thanks to your advice. Can't wait to get them! During checkout under the question "where did you learn about us?" I made sure to add under the "other" field: Kell on Earth and Emily's blog from bravotv.com!
Love, love, LOVE your show, which is kinda funny since I have ZERO fashion sense myself (but I like trying to learn something) and I'm just a stay-at-home mom of 3 small boys in a tiny town. This show helps me live in an awesome alternate universe for one hour a week. Anyway, I've had so much respect for Kelly Cutrone ever since I first saw her on TV years ago (she scares me yet I still love her...that's a pretty cool combo).
I've never responded on a blog before, but I'm a little drunk on wine right now, so I figured what the heck, and I meant everything I just said. Your show kicks the Olympics ass. Love, Jess in the Middle of Nowhere
I was disappointed on your firing those girls.I hope it was on job performance. The editing showed they were goofing off?Whatever it was I hope it was in good faith.Good Luck to Kelly's People's Revolution Bravo!!!!!!!!!
I am an intern at a large architecture firm. It is fast paced, high stress and we're dealing with millions of dollars each day. My boss does not give me a 'to do' list everyday. That is MY job to know what needs to be done. Too many people think interns should have their hand held every step of the way but guess what? It's not a freakin daycare! Stephanie V. wasn't even an intern- she should have known what to do!
I commend you on your strong work ethic and your zero tolerance for BS. You are there to run a business not a daycare. I think everyone responding to this blog should remember that.
Are you really judging her based on the way she looks? And to all of you haters, do you think you see 100% of what happens in that office?
YOUR OFFICE = Very chaotic, unorganized, not a friendly environment, not enough room for anyone, very mean, and does not show respect for individuals. There wouldn't be a need to work so many hours if you were organized!!! Being in management, I've learned that the key to productivity and efficiency is to work as a team, accept mistakes (we all make them), correct, and move one with this in mind of being a learning experience.
The disorganization, under staffing, over work, burn-out, mis-understandings and lack of direction and supervision is a reflection of the management and not the staff. I have yet to see any clear respectful direction by any of the management. No wonder there is so much Chaos!
Kelly Cutrone and Company! OMG. I hope that your management style is manipulated by editing to enhance drama etc. etc. Boy howdy, if not, what the bejeezus? La la la I am a former business owner (two restaurants)la dee da. I ain't no self appointed expert here sisters but what the eff? Obviously your business is a lot more than guest lists, seating charts and what not. The details and minutia of your all's everyday work must be excruciating. Howev's I wonder about: setting expectations and removing yourself from the situation, providing tools and information and leaving it up to the employees and interns to bring the appropriate attitude to the table, clearly defined roles and job criteria speeled out clearly for each employee? For examps..what about having the intern wrangler charting out responsibilities and duties for these knuckle headed soccer kids (ya know, only ever been told good try and all that crap). You give one dufus a carrot and ask them to "own" a task, giving them the confidence to get it the hell right or be held accountable. The bands of misfits when handled correctly can really be an asset to your biz.
cripes I was formatting my rant and hit tab, got cut off. anyhoo, obviously you girls know what you are doing and are probably not just twirling in the whirling dervish as displayed on your show. congrats on your success. Now if you'll excuse me, I shall have to complete this rant and and head off to Mills Fleet Farm, where I can buy unwashed levis and humorous western shirts and interesting barn boots. Love your show. LOVE IT!
Hi Emily, you are so freakin awesome! I think you are sooooo beatiful even though you are from Minnesota!! I totally respect everything you have done on the job and would have done the same things. Although, it would be nice to see that smile more!
This morning I got caught up on all the episodes and I must say I LUV the show. Emily, your a very good leader and you really know how to handle the staff as well as the clients! You set a great example. If I see one more person cryin on that show I'm gonna scream! WTH!!! Kelly should have a sign in the office that reads "Take Your Ass Outside and Cry"! geeezzz I luv the staff though everyone has their own style..thank goodness for getting rid of Miss V she was full of excuses..like a lost child. My 13 year old daughter was even ready to fire her ass :-) I like Mr. Bronzer...couldn't believe he was crying too..lol
one more fan, Ingrid of Detroit
I HAVE TO SAY THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST UNORGANIZED COMPANIES I HAVE EVER SEEN &I'M A NURSE WHERE DUTIES CAN CHANGE SECOND TO SECOND &THINGS MAY GET CRAZY BUT AT BEGINING OF SHIFT EVERYONE KNOWS THIER JOB & IF SOMEONE GETS OVERWHELMED WE JUMP IN TO HELP THAT PERSON 'CAUSE AT THE END OF DAY,IT'S GOT TO GET DONE IF YOU WORK AS A TEAM IT USUALLY WILL, BE NICER TO EACH OTHER FOR GOD'S SAKE!!!!!
Eimly takes herself way too seriously...she's not Kelly, she'll never be Kelly, and the sooner she stops pretending that she's Kelly, it will be better for everyone in that office.