Today is International Women’s Day! Anyone else feel like these holidays didn’t really exist before the advent of Facebook? Just me?
Regardless, I really am so happy today is International Women’s Day. I’m so grateful I work in a career where women are at the forefront and continually pushing to new heights. I don’t take lightly my responsibility to raise up the next generation of women to be persistent, powerful, and committed: to both their art and the boundaries they choose to establish as an artist. This is SO IMPORTANT.
As much as the dance and modeling world is dominated by female talent, the people hiring us…and behind the casting table…and those deciding how much we get paid are often still majority male and that can create a disconnect in how we’re treated and perceived. Let’s be clear though, I don’t want to storm the castle walls and replace all the men, I just want, I’m going to go ahead and speak for all women here: WE just want equality. What a concept. (And let’s not forget that this equality needs to include women of all colors and backgrounds, non gender conforming individuals, and members of the LGBTQ community, to really be equality, but that’s another post for another day.)
In an industry that far too often takes the attitude of “100 girls would kill to be where you are” to push you out of your comfort zones and not in a healthy way, I want my students (and my peers for that matter) to be able to stand strong in what they are and aren’t okay with on set.
Some of my go-to phrases are:
“No, I’m not okay with that.”
”We need a quick sidebar please, because this wasn’t discussed in any of our previous conversations.”
”What’s our timeline? Let me know if we need to discuss overtime rates.”
Tone and delivery are key of course, but if more women practice asserting themselves in this manner when necessary, we can ALL work together to dispel the rediuclous myth that women who do assert themselves in the workplace are “difficult to work with”.
Kick some ass today ladies. And don’t apologize.
Let me know your thoughts in the comments!