Miriam Olken of Massachusetts – PA / AD Member of WIFVNE
What’s the best part about your work?
I get to work with incredible people, creating awesome projects, learning lots of skills I hope to use in the future for my own projects.
What challenges have you’ve faced in this industry as a woman?
Sometimes difficult to get on over hire list or in touch with Key PAs but once I get an intro, show up my first day and work hard I am almost always asked back to work again.
In the age of #MeToo & #TimesUp, what do you hope to see happening in the future for women in our industry?
I hope everyone of all ages, genders etc will understand boundaries and appropriateness and that when I go to the business meetings/parties after where a lot of the deals and networking happen, that I will be asked to work with someone or on a project based on my skills and qualifications and not bc of other intentions.
What’s one way you would suggest people “Change the Lens”?
Supporting more female and POC critics for film analysis of all films.
What advice would you give to a new female filmmaker?
Never give up, keep trying, you will eventually find people that want to hire you for your skill and you don’t have to put up with the BS and survive in this business
What goals do you have for this year?
Work on more professional projects, particularly feature films, finish my script, work on a friend’s passion project to gain more skills and learn
What women in the region (New England) inspire you?
Michelle Meek, Anna Feder, Maria Agui Carter, Sara Archambault, Amy Greene, cinematographer Amanda McGrady
Upcoming Events or Announcements? What are you working on?
Writing a short film script, in first draft stage. Would like to put my first short film online for International Women’s Day, trying to figure it out
How can your fans find you!?
Instagram and Twitter: @Mimolken