If you Google 鈥淓rin Andrews career advice鈥 (say, to prep for an interview with the Fox Sports/Dancing With the Stars host) you鈥檒l see that she鈥檚 been asked to give it about as many times as Beyonc茅 has likely been asked what beauty products it takes to 鈥渨ake up like this.鈥 And, since the career that Andrews is crushing it in is mostly populated by men, the FAQ usually goes like this: 鈥淲hat is your best career advice for women trying to break into a male-dominated field?鈥 While the sportscaster was in the same town as Brit HQ for this weekend鈥檚 Super Bowl, we sat down with her and asked a totally different career question that stumped her. For a minute.

Forget the good advice 鈥 from a female Silicon Valley resident to a female sportscaster, I asked Erin to reveal the worst thing she鈥檚 ever been told as a woman in a mostly male field. After thinking about it for a second, she shared this story: 鈥淧eople ask me all the time 鈥 which I always say if I ever write a book would be the title 鈥 鈥楧o you really like sports?鈥欌 She paused, looking at me as if to say, 鈥淐an you believe that bulls@#!#t?鈥 (I couldn鈥檛.)

鈥淣o. I live out of a suitcase. I am never home. I have no life. I miss Thanksgiving every year. I don鈥檛 [like sports]鈥 Erin laughed. 鈥淪o I think one of the worst pieces of advice is that you can get by being pretty and you don鈥檛 really have to like sports. Or 鈥 if you鈥檙e in a male-dominated industry and it鈥檚 not sports 鈥 that you don鈥檛 need to really like the job you have; just look cute and get away with it.

鈥淚 carry a huge Trapper Keeper on the field and people say to me 鈥 鈥榙id you do this yourself?鈥 Another favorite one is: 鈥楧o people tell you what to say or do you make it up on your own? Are they feeding you questions?鈥 Are you insane?鈥 The sanity query is a fair one to anyone who would doubt Erin鈥檚 commitment to the game or the hustle. The sportscaster is her own glam squad and research team, getting up before each game to fill said Trapper Keeper with all the necessary info she needs to know, doing her own hair and makeup for showtime.


The other defense Erin regularly has to run is making it clear that women in male-dominated industries can be friends, catfight-free, naming fellow Fox anchor and EXTRA co-host Charissa Thompson as an MVP in her support squad. 鈥淚t鈥檚 a very competitive industry,鈥 Erin admits. 鈥淚鈥檝e learned that from a very young age. Someone asked me a question the other day, 鈥楧o you look over your shoulder and see who鈥檚 coming up the ranks?鈥 Yeah, you鈥檙e aware of who鈥檚 in the industry but鈥 I think any time a guy senses there鈥檚 a little bit of edginess or jealousy, the boys like to stir it up, 鈥榃hoa! She鈥檚 wearing this! And she got this interview!鈥 stuff like that.

鈥淐harissa is one of my dearest friends in the industry. We鈥檙e both so honest with each other and have been through a lot of the same stuff. I genuinely cheer for her. After she does something I鈥檒l text her, 鈥楩irst of all, you look amazing. Second of all, you were fabulous.鈥 Relationships like that, you do hold near and dear to your heart because there aren鈥檛 many in the industry.鈥

Now *that* is much better career advice.

What鈥檚 the worst career advice you鈥檝e ever gotten? Give it up on Twitter or Facebook.

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