Like many of Reel Women’s board members, I am at an age and a point in my career where I am secure in my professional strengths. By joining the board, I have forced myself to exist in new environments and encounter different challenges. I found myself soliciting money, time, and talent from people I did not know. I did this because I believe in Reel Women’s mission of using film and video to educate, support, and mentor. It is a concept I try to make real for other members by recruiting speakers from the local film community who share their stories of professional development.
Reel Women is more than a networking organization for women in film, to me it's an organization that empowers women and encourages them to express their unique point of view.Whilst working with Reel Woman first as a volunteer and later as a Board member I've witnessed the amazing transformation effect this organization has had on it's members. Film, still a very male dominated field is a difficult environment for women. Even as a 20 year vetran to this industry, I still get turned down for jobs simply because I am a woman. It's fustrating and difficult when your on your own. Reel women reaches out to women in our community who seek a career in film and lends them support, training and unique networking opportunities. Enouraging women to go where few women have gone before not only gives our members an entry to a first or second career, but gives them the confidence to do anything they set their minds to. It's empowering to work on a set in the camera or grip electric department and be the only woman. You feel like one of the first astronauts who walked the moon. A trail blazer. It makes you feel like you can do anything. Women young and old still need this encouragement, we need to pass this message along to our daughters and their daughters. Reel Women is'ant just about film...it's also about giving women confidence and strength to reach beyond themselves. The organization gives women support and encouragement to find their voice, and tell their story.
When I retired from the film/TV industry, Reel Women provided me with a new application for my energy, knowledge and skills, by providing opportunities for me to train, mentor, and advise young or inexperienced women trying to enter the film/TV workforce here in a city that has become a movie-making mecca. I knew firsthand how difficult it could be to break in and sustain a career as a woman in the entertainment business, and it has been gratifying to be able to help others prepare for that world. This organization provides a tremendous service to the filmmaking community (women and men) as a networking organization, showcasing platform, and community lobbying effort, as well. I treasure the camaraderie I've discovered among my fellow advisors and our membership.