What would you do if you were laid off from your dream job? The job that provided you with health care, a steady albeit measly income as far as New York City goes, but made up for it with fashion perks galore. Would you shrug it off and accept the adventure? Do something crazy that you perhaps always wanted to do? Or would you be devastated and let this one setback affect you forever?
The ladies of The Bold Type were faced with that dilemma this week as rumors of layoffs hit Scarlet. And whenever I hear the word layoffs, I’m filled to the brim with anxiety, as were these employees. Being in the magazine industry, you’re programmed to expect them at any given moment due to budget cuts, underperforming publications and a hit on the print side. No matter how well you do your job, layoffs are inevitable, but that didn’t mean they were going down without a fight.
After being clued in by Richard, a trusted board member, Jacqueline immediately notified the directors, which included Kat, the social media guru of the company. But letting Kat in on such privileged information put her in an awkward position when it came to her best friends. How was she going to keep this from them knowing that they could get blindsided at any minute while her job was safe? It definitely drove a wedge between the girls, who felt like Kat should tell them what she knows since she’s their “best friend.” Although, I don’t think the BFF excuse works when your detailing personal company information and breaking protocol.
Still, it didn’t take long for the rumors to spread like wildfire and instead the weekly Kat, Sutton and Jane meet-up in the fashion closet, Jane, Sutton and Alex were problem-solving in the lobby. Would they go gently into the dark night? Alex knew the company was in trouble after getting to go-ahead from Jacqueline to accept an interview with rival publication, Incite. His professional “I’ve been through layoffs before” advice was to put out feelers, interview for new jobs to have a “back up” in case the worst were to happen.
Jane’s a fighter through and through so giving up her dream job wasn’t exactly an option. After finding out that her numbers and shares were down, she offered to steer away from the political vertical and write some “sticky” stuff that was sure to get the much-needed clicks. She literally went from writing about the Congresswoman use of fashion to distract voters during major decisions to writing about butt facials. And hey, I’m not one to discredit any type of journalism but you know Jane, despite saying that Scarlet is her “dream job”, she’s always wanted to write the more hard-hitting pieces. So when Incite called, she answered and quietly took a meeting. And that meeting intrigued her enough that even when she found out her Scarlet job was secure, she contemplated accepting their offer. that she was also hired at Incite, she was at a crossroads. Play it safe or take the plunge into a modern and forward thinking company?
To play it safe or take the plunge into a modern and forward thinking company? That was the question that not only Jane, but Kat was also faced with. Her job was “safe” but she liked to think about the “what ifs.” What if she could be bold? Would that change how she approached this “friendship” with Adena? Of course it would because she obviously had feelings for her and we saw her deal with repressing them on this weeks episode of Keeping up with Kat. Adena felt it too since she was calling twice a day despite being in Paris to fix things with GF Coco. Eventually, after Kat got promoted in the layoff frenzy because she’s a social media director at a major magazine in New York at the age of 26 and digital is not going anywhere, Adena decided to make the bold move back to NY to give this relationship another go-around. Sorry Coco.
Last hired first fired proved not to be true for Sutton because Scarlet and Oliver could not bare to lose her. These are trying times for fashion and finding an assistant that’s dedicated and good at her job are slim. She proved her worth by jumping at the opportunity to help Cassie with a major fashion photoshoot after Oliver got stuck out of town. As the pressure of the layoffs got to Cassie, she skipped the shoot leaving Sutton to take charge and call all the shots and she did so eagelry, channeling her inner Olivia Pope and handling it. Seriously, Sutton was MADE for this – it all came to her so naturally and she was so confident in it all, she knew she had it. But her confidence wavered when Cassie took all the credit for it in front of Jacqueline. How could she not speak up for herself? In a predictable yet necessary twist, the photographer praised Sutton to Jacqueline scolded her for not speaking up about her contribution to the shoot’s success. And after that, you know she’ll be speaking up from here on out. It’s an important lesson to ladies hustling in the workplace – work hard, get the recognition and speak your truth, especially when someone tries to take from you what you worked so hard to achieve. If we don’t fight for ourselves, who will?! Especially when your job is on the line!
Yet another week has gone by with the ladies taking a grim situation and turning it into a learning experience that not only grows their careers, but also their personal lives. And hey, they did it all while being single and not running back to any exes… although both Jane and Sutton had their weak moments! Shoutout to Pinstripe guy and Richard – we’re excited to see you again next week but it’s always nice to reiterate, these girls are no damsels in distress.