Alicia Ghio of Connecticut – Producer/Writer/Small Business Owner
What’s the best part about your work?
I like to tell stories. When a video evokes emotion from an audience or helps a business succeed, I know I’ve done my job. That makes me proud. And, I have to add, that production is chaos, even when you try to plan effectively. So, to see the team you’ve assembled gel and despite the chaos have it result in a production you’re all proud of is fantastic. There’s no greater feeling.
What challenges have you’ve faced in this industry as a woman?
I think as a woman in this industry you have to work harder to be seen, heard, and recognized. I’ve been in meetings where someone will direct a conversation to my business partner, who happens to be a man, and not to me, even though he and I are equal partners. You can’t let yourself be deterred by an uphill struggle.
In the age of #MeToo & #TimesUp, what do you hope to see happening in the future for women in our industry?
I hope to see more women supporting and fostering success in one another. I’d like us to break through and be a presence at higher-level positions throughout the industry. We need to set the tone.
What’s one way you would suggest people “Change the Lens”?
Support women in the industry with your dollars and voice. Go see the movies, talk about the movies, hire women in your own projects (inclusion riders or not), and help teach/mentor women who are interested in joining the field.
What advice would you give to a new female filmmaker?
I don’t have the thickest skin so I know it’s not easy to let things “roll off your back.” My advice is to just get in there, stick with it, and speak up. Make connections, work with experienced people, learn from them.
What goals do you have for this year?
I’d like to continue to grow my business, increasing the quality not necessarily the quantity of the projects that come through our door. I’m also the chairwoman of my downtown revitalization organization and one big goal is to get a short film contest off the ground this year that will help celebrate our downtown.
What women in the region (New England) inspire you?
I have to give a shout-out to Trish Clark, producer and CEO of Nutmeg Institute. I admire her no-nonsense yet collaborative producer style. I love when we join forces on a project. Her passion for the industry and making things happen especially here in CT is inspiring.
Upcoming Events or Announcements? What are you working on?
Be on the lookout for the launch of that short film contest I talked about above, CityCenter Shorts, later this Spring.
How can your fans find you!?
My company: http://www.rmedia.tv and @rmediatv on FB, Insta, Twitter too! Me: http://www.linkedin.com/in/aliciaghio And, if you’re into food, in my “spare time” I blog about it: http://localfoodrocks.com