Jessica Jones of Maine – Production Supervisor
What’s the best part about your work?
The stories I get to share with the community.
What challenges have you’ve faced in this industry as a woman?
I’ve noticed that asserting my opinion or constructive criticism is sometimes met with resistance or doubt when other male colleagues are addressed differently. Also, it’s tough to advocate for myself and what I know I deserve in terms of payment and responsibility, and not underselling my value or apologizing for it.
In the age of #MeToo & #TimesUp, what do you hope to see happening in the future for women in our industry?
I already see change happening, with the women of Congress dressing alike in solidarity, or repeating what another woman has said and giving her credit before a man can take it (Obama’s staff). I just recently saw a commercial that a former college classmate of mine posted that she was featured in, about changing the conversation in the film industry in how women get paid. One female freelancer in the art department put out a request for other non-union female freelancers to refuse jobs that underbid them to then influence a higher rate of pay for women in the same position as men. And it worked! Those women started getting offered the same rate as men in their field because they stood together. This is what I’d like to see more of in the future, and the future is now.
What’s one way you would suggest people “Change the Lens”?
This one is tough because while I think it may be necessary right now to change society’s view of women in film, I hope that it balances out later so that what your gender is, is not a factor for going to see a movie or working on a film set. I think that if the media stops reporting things like, “Women are actually funny!” or “Critics are shocked that women and minorities are big-ticket buyers!” that will start to change the rest of society’s perception of women and their capabilities.
What advice would you give to a new female filmmaker?
Don’t let colleagues get away with behavior or comments that devalues people’s, especially women’s work and contribution to the craft. Call them out!
What goals do you have for this year?
My goal is to continue to do the best work that I can do and stop worrying if it’s good enough for others (except maybe for my clients!).
What women in the region (New England) inspire you?
I look to the ones I’m closest to, not only my co-worker, and groups like Maine Female Filmmakers, the Broad Exchange and 100+ Women Who Care, but women in my family and in my friend’s group who are not in the industry. Seeing how their jobs and daily lives affect how they navigate the gender biases all around is inspiring.
Upcoming Events or Announcements? What are you working on?
I work at a nonprofit that highlights humanitarian nonprofits around the state of Maine. We’re expanding into more cities this year, which is exciting.
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