Jemma Byrne of Massachusetts – Content Producer and Video Editor – Member of WIFVNE
What’s the best part about your work?I love the creative control I have over my projects.
What challenges have you’ve faced in this industry as a woman? I find that I don’t get taken as seriously as my male colleagues. Even if those male colleagues have less experience, I’ll need them to back up my knowledge or they’ll get chosen for jobs which I then have to help them do, but they get the credit and title for. I’ve also been accused of sleeping with a director for the position of assistant director on a short film after kicking a male crewmember off the set for ruining a shot by talking during a take. I was also consequently called bossy and power hungry.
In the age of #MeToo & #TimesUp, what do you hope to see happening in the future for women in our industry?I hope that men won’t find #MeToo as a deterrent for hiring women. I want men to advocate for equality, education, and understanding in the workspace to inhibit toxic environments that bring sexual harassment and abuse.
What’s one way you would suggest people “Change the Lens”? Talk to women. Ask women how they felt when certain situations happened to them, whether in the work place or out of it.
What advice would you give to a new female filmmaker?Don’t give up. Don’t shut up. Don’t stop loving film.
What goals do you have for this year? My goal for this year is to finish a technology educational series.