Elaine Grey of Massachusetts. SAG/AFTRA Actor/Director/Writer/Producer Women in Film Member
What’s the best part about your work? The best part, of my work, is the satisfaction I get from completing a project, and knowing that I gave it my all. I do love working with industry people forging meaningful relationships and sharing my knowledge to help them advance their careers.
What challenges have you’ve faced in this industry as a woman? (Or otherwise) My work, as a woman over fifty, in the Entertainment Industry, is full of exciting challenges and opportunities that are exciting. However, it requires a constant juggling act, of balancing between running a household and completing all of the tasks necessary to keep my work fresh and competitive. Whether it is acting, directing, writing, producing, forging new collaborations, or mentoring, I do enjoy each challenge, and take them, as they comes.
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 respectful and safer workplaces for women, and more more equality in terms of jobs and pay. What’s one way you would suggest people “Change the Lens”? I definitely would like to see more female directors, in the industry, and more intergenerational roles for women over fifty.
What advice would you give to a new female filmmaker? If you are a writer, begin to tell your story. Be passionate about your work. Write stories that are compassionate and inspirational and that reach across generations. If you are a director, share your passion and vision of the writer’s work with your Director of Photography and the entire cast and crew. Get everyone in the project excited and on board. Story and vision boards will help you to achieve that goal. Incorporate men in your project so that you are more inclusive. Contact the SAG/AFTRA New England office, and explore the contract options, so you can include union actors in your project.
What goals do you have for this year? This year, I will continue to be a guest writer for “Imagine Magazine.” It is also my plan to write a short film, or Webisode, and to do some more directing because I enjoyed the experience directing the shot films COFFEE TALK and LATE.
I have been given several scripts to read and hope to collaborate on some of them. One in particular was written by a talented young woman, who wrote me in, as the lead-principal character. I am very excited about this opportunity. I hope to forge and facilitate more collaborations, during 2019, as I did with Dennis Serpone and Joel Finegold on “SWEENEY KILLING SWEENEY.”
What women in the region (New England) inspire you? Women in the industry, who inspire me, are Carol Patton, Publisher of “Imagine Magazine,” Dorothy Aufiero, Producer of BLACK MASS & THE FINEST HOURS, and Alecia Jean Orsini Lebeda, President of Women in Film and Video, N.E.
Upcoming Events or Announcements? What are you working on? The upcoming film season will be a busy one, and I will be available for auditions for productions that will arrive in spring I hope to work again on female director Frankie Shaw’s SMILF, should it return for Season 3, and on the Steven King television series, CASTLE ROCK. I will continue to participate in Acting workshops, with Charlotte Dore, Doug Weeks and others at “Actors Unite,” and, as a member of Peter Kelley’s Boston-Actors-Core-Group and Weekend Acting Workshops.