How to Be a Boss: 12 Tips from GLOW

Photo collage of (from left to right) characters Zoya the Destroya, Machu Picchu, Bash and Sandy Devereaux St. Clair from the TV show Glow.

So you wanna be a boss. Netflix and chill will yourself to get off the couch already. How to Be a Boss (According to Your Favorite Shows) is your excuse to binge all the TV you want. It’s career inspiration, right?

Ladiezzz and gentleman! Get ready because the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling are back, and they’re battling some seriously relatable workplace issues. We’re talking: taking down the patriarchy in a bid for equality, fighting to find work-life balance, and smashing barriers to build a successful business—all of which proves to be an entertaining, and inspiring, matchup for the badass women of Netflix’s GLOW.  

Sure, in the ring, taking care of business is as easy as a camel clutch or flying thrust kick. But in the real world, a choreographed fight doesn’t typically solve much. Yet season after season, Zoya the Destroya, Liberty Belle, and the rest of the GLOW gang have demonstrated that no matter who, or what, you’re up against, you’ve got what it takes to be an ultimate boss and emerge victorious. (No inverted full nelson slams necessary.)

1. Know how to make an entrance. 
Zoya the Destroya zip lines into the ring wearing a pink and gold costume during rehearsals for GLOW.
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2. Take the mic. Step into the spotlight. Bring down the house. This is your time.
Host/announcer Bash stands in the spotlight in the middle of the wrestling ring doing the intro for GLOW, during a scene from Season 3.
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3. Keep people you trust, love, and learn from in your corner. 
Zoya the Destroya and Machu Picchu peer out from behind a curtain during a performance of GLOW in Las Vegas, during Season 3.
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4. Don’t let anyone overlook you. Demand to be heard, respected, and treated equally.
Liberty Belle, Bash, and Sam have a producers meeting. Liberty Belle is trying to convince them of something, but they look skeptical.
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5. Network with badass, barrier-breaking professionals who can teach you the ropes. 
Sandy Devereaux St. Clair (Geena Davis) and Bash in Season 3 of GLOW. Bash, dressed in a bedazzled suit similar to what Evel Knievel would wear, is looking at Geena, who is also wearing a sequined skirt suit. Sandy has her hand over her heart and is smiling as if someone just said something nice.
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6. Don’t be afraid to take risks (responsibly). Sometimes it pays to roll the dice on a new idea or opportunity.
A photo from Netflix’s GLOW with wrestlers gathered around a craps table in Vegas while dressed in frilly pink-and-gold stage costumes. Cherry Bang had just rolled the dice, and they’re all watching in anticipation to see if she won.
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7. Acknowledge the friends who’ve become your work fam. (You’ll need them when you’re pinned against the ropes.)
The entire cast of GLOW applauds while watching a dinner show in Vegas. They’re all smiling and laughing.
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8. Mix up your roles once in a while to get a fresh perspective.
Debbie—who typically plays Liberty Belle, dressed as Zoya the Destroya in a performance of GLOW—talks to Bash (the announcer) with a cigar in her hand.
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9. Run at your problems head on. (What else are latex bodysuits for?) 
Ruth, dressed as Liberty Belle, climbs over the ropes and into the wrestling ring. She’s smiling and very excited.
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10. Get out of the office once in a while. Offsites can provide great insight—even if they’re held in the desert.
Ruth and Debbie stand on top of a hill during a hike outside of Las Vegas. Debbie is holding a hiking stick, and they are both looking into the distance.
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11. Never lose sight of your dream and what’s driving you
Two characters from GLOW look up at the marquee above the Fan-Tan Hotel & Casino that reads “Bash Howard Productions Presents The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, Jan 28-April 30.”
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12. Enjoy your success. You had to fight hard for it. 
The cast of GLOW, dressed in pink and gold leotards and headbands, takes glasses of champagne from waitresses in a Vegas casino.
Ali Goldstein/Netflix

Words by Ishani Nath and Dayna Winter
Feature image by Niall McClelland