That’s certainly the case with Samantha Barry, a 38-year-old from Ballincollig who is Editor In Chief of Glamour magazine.
We get the chance to see how high her star has risen in a fascinating fly-on-the-wall documentary, Fearless: Samantha Barry, on RTÉ1 on Monday at 9.35pm, which follows her journey to the Glamour Women of the Year Awards.
One of the key events in the Condé Nast calendar featuring honourees such as Jane Fonda, Megan Rapinoe and Charlize Theron, the awards are a key part of the American style scene.
The documentary starts with six days to go to the 29th Glamour awards ceremony and, with unparalleled access, we sit in on the key meetings, meet the various teams, and are part of the journey with the Cork woman in the run-up to the pressured event.
Among those featured are U.S style icon Anna Wintour, who tells us why Barry is perfect for the role as Editor In Chief of Glamour.
“Glamour is very much a reflection of young women that we see today and Sam is its perfect leader,” says Wintour. On appointing her in 2018, she called Barry “fearless and a game changer”.
Glamour is now a digital-first magazine, and the documentary speak to global media company Condé Nast’s heavy hitters like Susan Plagemann, Chief Commercial Director, to find out its role in the overall portfolio and the importance of the awards as a revenue scheme.
Samantha’s career is charted, from BBC to CNN en route to Glamour, and we find out how she has become one of the most important people in media.
In an Echo interview, she once said of her success: “I think it takes a magical mix of an awful lot of hard work, ambition and believing in yourself.”
Samantha Barry joined Glamour from CNN Worldwide, where she served as executive producer for social and emerging media. Under her leadership at CNN, the network became the most followed and fanned news organisation in the world.
She led her team and the organisation at large with compelling work for social audiences on an array of platforms, including Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram, Line, Kik and other emerging media.
While at CNN, Barry spearheaded CNN’s 2016 US election coverage across social platforms, which received the first ever Edward R. Murrow Award for excellence in social media and a Webby Award recognising the same 2016 campaign work.
She joined CNN from BBC World News in London, where she served as a social media producer and journalist, focusing on using social media as a tool for both news gathering and audience building.
Previously, she worked as reporter and producer for RTÉ and Newstalk in Ireland.
She spent time in Papua New Guinea with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and has worked as a social media and technology trainer for the U.S. State Department, the United States Institute of Peace and Internews.
Samantha has worked in more than 25 countries, reporting and training other journalists in broadcasting, technology and social media.
She graduated from Dublin City University with a Masters in Journalism.
She is a 2016 fellow of Columbia University School’s Sulzberger executive program and is a guest lecturer at Yale.
Samantha graduated with an Arts degree (English and Psychology) from UCC in 2002.