Overeducated and Underpaid: Author Camille Perri Talks Working Women

Overeducated and Underpaid: Camille Perri Talks Working Women

In this episode, author Camille Perri talks about why a book must first and foremost entertain – even when talking about issues like student debt and wage inequality and how she overcame her fear of failure and developed the self-confidence to really become a writer.

Camille, wrote the first draft of her debut novel The Assistants while working full time as the assistant to the Editor-in-Chief of Esquire. Camille holds a bachelor of arts from NYU and a master of library science from Queens College.

Episode Highlights

• 1:00 – Overeducated and underpaid: Camille’s protagonist in The Assistants faces a bind many working women find themselves in
• 2:52 – How Camille’s journey as a successful, published, bestselling author began as a librarian
• 5:13 – Her big break as a fiction writer: “An internship at Esquire was a scary opportunity but I couldn’t not take it”
• 8:15 – Want to live a fully well-lived life? Do therapy. It helped with her mother’s death and owning her sexuality
• 11:00 – How Camille overcame her fear of failure and developed the self-confidence to really become a writer
• 14:15 – On using journaling to discover and hone your writing voice and create breakthroughs
• 18:00 – Camille talks about the joy of persistence and grit: “Even with so many hurdles I wouldn’t change anything”
• 24:21 – Camille on why a book must first and foremost entertain: “I had to “Trojan Horse” issues like student debt and wage inequality”

1. Favorite book for women?

2. Favorite self-care hack?

  • Watching 80’s workout videos on VHS

3. Best piece of advice and who gave it to you?

  • “What would you do if you weren’t afraid?” (her friend’s mother)

4. Female CEO or thought leader you’re into right now?

5. One piece of advice you’d give your 5 years younger self?

  • “Keep your head up. All your hard work will turn out to be worth it”

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