We’ve all heard the pep-quote, “A setback is nothing but a setup for a comeback!” But for Janet Mock a very public setback in 2014 actually set the stage for her wildly successful television career.
While promoting her New York Times best selling book “Redefining Realness,” she did a live interview with Piers Morgan. Instead of discussing her social campaign #girlslikeus or the very real issues that face trans women and trans women of color, Morgan sensationalized Mock’s life and incessantly probed her about her body, sexuality and frequently referred to her as a “man.”
However, instead of getting mad, Mock got even! Maintaining her cool on camera showed the world—and a few influential television producers—that she could hold her own and have a career in TV hosting. Months later she earned a coveted seat on MSNBC hosting her own show, “So POPular.”
Mock sat down with Levo exclusively to talk about this setback and what valuable lessons she learned. Ladies, take notes!
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