Mercedes Mehling of Maine – Editor – Member of WIFVNE
What’s the best part about your work?
Bringing other people’s stories to life through editing
What challenges have you’ve faced in this industry as a woman?
I had someone ask me if editing was a hobby while I was working on a project for them. Not being treated like a professional is a common theme, and I tend to internalize it too – imposter syndrome is a constant battle!
In the age of #MeToo & #TimesUp, what do you hope to see happening in the future for women in our industry?
I hope more women are able to feel like they are in control professionally, that they are surrounded by other women in the industry and men who support them, and that more opportunities for women in the industry make it easier for women who are in unhealthy professional environments to be able to find work elsewhere
What’s one way you would suggest people “Change the Lens”?
Watch movies and shows that are not only about women, but made by women. When you watch those films or shows, you’re voting with your dollar. If we want to see more projects made by and for women, we need to support the projects that are already out there.
What advice would you give to a new female filmmaker?
Don’t be afraid to ask questions, but also own your skills and knowledge. It’s easy to feel like you’re not an expert because there is always more to learn, but owning the knowledge you already have and being confident in your skills will signal to others that you’re a professional and you should be taken seriously. And in some cases, fake it til you make it!
What goals do you have for this year?
Work with more people in the industry, and work on projects that I’m proud of.
What women in the region (New England) inspire you?
Everyone from the Maine Female Filmmaker group!
Upcoming Events or Announcements? What are you working on?
I’m currently editing a documentary called Brothers, due to be finished this Spring. You can check out our facebook page at facebook.com/brothersdocumentary
How can your fans find you!?
http://www.mercedesmehling.com, and @mrs80z on Instagram