TV and movies are supposed to mirror real life, well, usually, but when it comes to professions, there's a lot they get wrong. Unlike "House of Cards," female journalists don't always sleep with their sources and, no, not every lawyer has a national, high-profile case.
To get to the bottom of this, randszao posed the question to Reddit "What do movies always get wrong about your profession?" and got responses from people (supposedly) representing these misrepresented profession.
Next time you watch "Scandal", remember these.
How they're portrayed: Cute manic pixie dream girls with perfectly untidy hair and pristine aprons.
Real life: "The girls in movies always look adorably untidy. Just a touch of flour brushed across their cheek, maybe a blot of frosting here and there. I work in front of four giant convection ovens all day; the amount of sweat my body can produce is absurd. And by the time I'm finished, my apron is a sad, battered shell of what it used to be." — Crusty_Toast
How they're portrayed: People involved in intense cases all the time while wearing on-point attire.
Real life: "Trials are the opposite of sexy and exciting. They are mundane, monotonous things that go on forever. There's no last minute expert witnesses, no surprise evidence, no shocking declarations, it's just hell." — davec79
"Most of what we do involves researching, writing, and advising, not arguing things in front of a judge." — oliver_babish
How they're portrayed: Sexual creatures who always seduce their clients and who only work on thin, beautiful people.
Real life: "I do not have sex with my clients, I do not have any type of sexual relations with my clients, and after 2 years only one person has propositioned me." — mscatnip
How they're portrayed: Constantly outdoors, experimenting with various substances and/or lobbying on behalf of, well, the environment.
Real life: "I spend 90% of my time writing reports in my office." — shadowaway
How they're portrayed: A man, usually, hunched over a computer with glasses attempting to hack into something.
Real life: "A lot of my day doesn't involve furiously typing as fast as I can. It involves a lot of slowly browsing forums." — bsaltz88
Graphic Designers (or any creative professionals in a city, really)
How they're portrayed: Living in a swanky and very well-decorated loft in a very expensive city.
Real life: "TV shows/movies assume I can afford a downtown apartment on my salary. — Ghibli_Guy
How they're portrayed: As tough people that villains have to find their way around.
Real life: "Please don't shoot the security guard, they are making like 12 bucks an hour, and if you just point a gun at them, they will totally give you the keys to wtf ever you need." — Nissir
Generally speaking, of course, you shouldn't be shooting anyone.
How they're portrayed: People who nod their head and doodle while listening to people go on about their lives.
Real life: "The vast majority of clinical psychologists who have come out of decent institutions in the last 25 years don't have people lay on a couch telling them about their dreams. Therapy is an interactive and often animated process." — PainMatrix
How they're portrayed: Reading a magazine, filing their nails, not paying attention or enjoying life, in general.
Real life: "I do not have super long nails that I file while at work." — sassyonassass
How they're portrayed: Digging up fossils or going on epic Indiana Jones' adventures.
Real life: "It's all pretty much wrong, especially Indiana Jones. The artifacts are important, but the context (cough the temple you just destroyed cough) is usually more important because it contains the data. Also, we work slowly and carefully." — Balaena_mysticetus
How they're portrayed: Reading at the check out desk while intermittently shushing people.
Real life: "In fact, for most of our day we end up helping people set up resumes, teach old people how to navigate computers, and do more squats than the average retail worker (because I've done both jobs more than once). Also, people think that we're an outdated commodity that only deals with books, but we check in more movies/TV shows and CDs than actual books, and have started to incorporate ebook resources into our materials." — darthstupidious
How they're portrayed: Hick-ish, unintelligent
Real life: "We dress (mostly) nicely, speak well and have a love of technology. Your average PROFESSIONAL DRIVER had more tech in his truck than you do in your home." — uss_intega
Waitresses and waiters
How they're portrayed: Someone who will spit in your food if they don't like you.
Real life: "I wait tables. In six years I have never EVER seen anyone spit in anyone's food. We usually just talk shit in the kitchen and make everyone laugh at you." — bite_my_nuts
How they're portrayed: Person who get the gun in their face during a huge bank robbery.
Real life: "We don't leave hundreds of thousands of dollars sitting on a table in the middle of the vault. Vaults also look more like a large gun safe then a large room with a circular door. We don't have millions of dollars just sitting in the vault, in fact there probably less then $400,000 there at the absolute most." — Dunter_Mutchings
How they're portrayed: Insanely smart people with super human computing skills.
Real life: "I can't add up big numbers in my head. That's what calculators are for." — marchmay
How they're portrayed: Dramatically changing kids lives in magnificent ways.
Real life: The above is true, but whilst getting paid in low amounts and mostly figuring out how to get kids to learn things that aren't just tests.
Also: "No student has ever given me an apple at the end of a class period." — mark_bellhorn
Journalists (like us!)
How they're portrayed: People constantly getting the scoop, hunched over their computers, or if they're female, having sex with the source.
Real life: Definitely not having sex with sources, but constantly finding new stories and yes, very much hunched over our computers. Also, checking our phones every 30 seconds.