Andy Cohen is releasing another memoir and it’s due to hit shelves next month. To celebrate the release of “The Andy Cohen Diaries: A Deep Look at a Shallow Year”, the Watch What Happens Live host sat down with Glamour Magazine to share his thoughts on how to have a happy life and we have a few excerpts from the article, including giving props to his friendships with NeNe Leakes and Bethenny Frankel.
DO know: You’re your own worst critic: “When Christina Hendricks and Dylan McDermott were on my show [in October 2013], I felt like everything I said didn’t come out right or landed with a thud. When I have off shows, I have to remind myself that my experience of what just happened was only my experience. It’s never as intense for everyone else as it is for you.”
DON’T be afraid to speak up at work: “I think the fact that I was never too intimidated by famous people or people in power wound up helping [my career]. I felt strong enough in my convictions to go up and say, ‘I’d like to interview you,’ or ‘I’d like to work for you.’ Approaching people, not being scared, is big in business. Confidence is so important. Having belief in your abilities makes others feel good about choosing you.”
DO be a no-B.S. boss: “Lauren Zalaznick, my boss [at Bravo] for years, taught me the importance of being direct. Don’t bullsh-t people. If you’re reviewing someone, be honest about their performance, including a measurement for success—ratings, sales. One thing I’ve learned from [managing] Housewives: If you’re letting someone go, you have to be clear on why so that there’s no murkiness.”
DO find mentors and “peer mentors”: “Sarah Jessica [Parker] has been a great support in terms of my show, saying, ‘This is what you should be doing, never doubt it.’ Anderson [Cooper], Kelly [Ripa], and I have all taken each other’s counsel [as TV-show hosts] at moments in our careers. I was friends with them when they were big and I was nothing, but I also have friends who I came up with, like Bethenny [Frankel], NeNe [Leakes], and people I started with at CBS News, like Bill Owens, who now runs 60 Minutes. We all got successful around the same time, and they’ve helped me succeed.”
DON’T overanalyze your relationships: “My parents have been together 55 years. They’re very sweet partners. I mean, they pick at each other constantly—they’re exhausting—but they’re great together. Very complementary. Looking at them, it’s definitely made me realize you shouldn’t overanalyze a relationship. You should stay in it, let it develop, and see what happens. Now that it’s possible, I think I would [get married]. It’d just take falling in love with the right guy.”
To read Andy’s story on Glamour.com, click here
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