Mindy Kailing, creator, writer, editor, and actor of The Mindy Project recently gave an interview for NPR detailing the differences between her personality traits and that of her TV show character, her experiences as a role model, sexism on the job, and balancing her many responsibilities. She gives great advice to both men and women to not only work hard and seek out feedback, but to to also refuse to view oneself as an outsider and to stand firm in your decisions. Rejecting the title of 'pioneer' due to outsider connotations, Kaling sets the tone for how to continue to push yourself even after achieving professional success.
On the sexism she's encountered on the job Years from now, when I have time to sit and reflect on the different situations that I face every day, I'll be able to speak more succinctly about the challenges as a woman. Yeah, there's obviously instances where I perceive sexism in my job. ... I think that the sort of sexism that I see has been one that's a little bit like a gentler form of sexism, but still a little bit debilitating, which is that when, as a producer and a writer, whether it was at The Office or [at The Mindy Project], if I make a decision, it'll still seem like it's up for debate. And I notice that a little bit at The Office, with, like, an actor: If I decided there'd be a certain way in the script, it would still seem open-ended, whereas ... if I was a man I would not have seen that. [At The Mindy Project,] I feel that ... less and less as I've sort of matured into the role more. The one thing I sort of, because of that, have felt [is] that when I made a decision I sort of would have to leave the room so that it was final and there was like no discussion would come after that.