Trilby Beresford
January 18, 2017 11:38 am
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There are some people in the world who just have all the talents, and one of those special humans is The OA’s Brit Marling.  She’s an actress and screenwriter (and co-creator of the show), and she also worked incredibly hard to get where she is.

In an interview with People, Marling discussed Hollywood and female characters, and also opened up about her life before getting involved in the entertainment industry.

Marling studied economics at Georgetown University and received a job offer from Goldman Sachs after completing an internship there. While it was probably hard to turn down a steady and solid income, Marling just felt it wasn’t the right fit. Not just the job itself, but that whole career in investment banking.

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“I thought, ‘I’m setting myself up for a life that I’m not really going to enjoy,” she told People in an interviewAsked how she was able to take the huge risk, Marling attributed it to those critical early career decisions.

via giphyBut when Marling got to LA, she became disappointed in the lack of complex roles for women.

via giphySo, Marling took matters into her own hands, conceiving of films like Another Earth and The East with collaborators from Georgetown.

She became a fully-fledged screenwriter, and now she’s a cocreater on The OA for Netflix. She also has an insanely cool perspective on taking risks in life.

And we think that’s pretty perfect advice, no matter what career you’re venturing into! Thanks for the inspo, Brit. We genuinely think you’re such a positive force for women in the industry (and women in general), and we can’t wait to see what you do next!