Women and Hollywood

I have recently discovered a blog that introduces us all to women in film, TV and Theatre. Not only will you find news on women centric entertainment but also interesting facts and stats behind the women who make their profession in the film and television industry.

My interest in this is three-fold:

1st. As a career consultant, I often wonder why I don’t see more women listed in the various professions associated with a production? Is this still a male dominated industry? Are women not interested in applying for positions as Directors, Producers, Writers or any other behind the scenes jobs? If they are interested, where are they?

2nd. I would love to see and support more women centric entertainment that appeals to women and men alike. By supporting these ventures, it may open more doors for those struggling to get into the business.

3rd. Personally, I have been disillusioned with much of what I see coming from Hollywood, especially as it pertains to women. To the untrained eye, I believe I’m seeing less and less of women on the screen. In following the credits, I see very little women behind the scenes and I question how any man can write about women when they always claim not to understand us? That I say with a little smile on my face, but I am tired of seeing so much of life, love and the world through from the male perspective.

I will mention that there are great female actors and I am especially glad when I get to see women that are over 40 years of age. I was going to say over 35 years, as it seems most women are mere 20 somethings playing opposite the much older male actors. What is not so great is how few the parts are, and how wimpy the characters can be sometimes, unless your character is designed to be sporting male traits. Humm??

It appears to me that I have to do more digging to find out about what is being produced by women in so many categories of entertainment. I truly believe that many people have their head in the sand if they don’t think their is a disproportionate amount of male centric entertainment being splashed across our TV screens and theaters. I am certain there are great female directors out there and others with incredible talents that are being overlooked. I don’t know the industry enough to have inside knowledge on its decision making and criteria for getting the job on the set of any movie or TV show. If I studied that labour market further I could glean some insight, but somehow I think the answers will not necessarily be surprising.

This is what I do know, there are great blogs and information circulating out there that can help you tap into what is going on with Women in Hollywood and www.womenandhollywood.com is a great place to start! It is insightful, well written, and entertaining in itself, click on the link I have provided to Melissa Silverstein and enjoy.

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