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Who Would You Be?

Alyssa Seidman
Staff Writer

When this question turned up on The Pioneer’s story board, one single thought surged through my brain: Tina Fey. I volunteered to write the article instantaneously, and here I am. The reason I was so incredibly willing to write this piece is because Tina Fey is everything I aspire to be. Understandably, I want to be a writer and (I think) I already have the adorable funny girl part down – so if I could choose to be anybody for even a day, it would be her.

I remember back in the days of middle school; I was flipping through the channels one gloomy afternoon, and a program on VH1 caught my attention. It was a compilation of some of the best moments from the 2000s of the hit sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live, and there was this woman on screen talking about the show, who looked awfully familiar. It then dawned on me that the woman was the same ac- tress who played Cady Heron’s math teacher, Ms. Norbury, in the ever- beloved pop culture phenomenon Mean Girls. I remembered how much I enjoyed Fey’s performance in the movie, and only discovered after seeing it that she was responsible for its inception, having written the script.

The gloominess of the day cleared as I read up on all of Fey’s numerous achievements. In her star-studded career, she has received

seven Emmy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, five Screen Actors Guild Awards, and four Writers Guild of America Awards. She had an impressive nine-year run on SNL, in that time being a staff writer for the production, and acting as co-anchor to Jimmy Fallon on SNL’s Week- end Update segment. She became a household name with her spot-on impersonation of Sarah Palin. After leaving SNL in 2006, she created the television series 30 Rock, which skyrocketed to popularity thanks to ingenious writing. You could imagine my excitement two years ago when Fey announced she’d be writing an autobiography. Bossypants was the first item on my Christmas list that year, and I read it cover to cover before winter break commenced.

So, why would I want to be Tina Fey? She’s a creative force to be reckoned with. She’s a highly successful celebrity all due to her dedication to her craft. She’s one of the greatest talents in the comedic world. Her humorous anecdotes found in her Weekend Update jokes and in her best-selling book are enough to make any fellow writer green with envy. She is my hero, my role model, and my reservoir of self-confidence. Fey’s persona is one for the history books, and her career is one any aspiring writer – like yours truly – would be forever grateful to inherit.

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