On October 25, 2018, WIFVNE partnered with Lesley University’s College of Art and Design to host a symposium with a group of industry professionals to talk about their career experiences. WIFVNE was proud to participate with such accomplished women and meet with energized students.
Moderated by WIFVNE President Alecia Orsini (far left), the panel featured (from left to right) Katherine Castro (cinematographer), Diane Pearlman (producer and Executive Director of the Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative), and Diana Levine (photographer).
The conversation at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA included such broad topics as the journeys of the filmmakers, on-set experiences, choosing projects, and finding inspiration. As with other WIFVNE events, WIFVNE works to continue conversations, connect media professionals of all experience levels, and contribute to building a diverse and supportive community. Some of the take-aways from the panelists are provided below.
Diana Levine: Sometimes you just need to tell everyone you meet what you want to do.
Diane Pearlman: Whatever job you do, do it really well. Be on time. Be kind.
Katherine Castro: Work hard…it leads to the next one.
Katherine Castro: Find the job that allows you to do the passion projects. Manage your time, your money. Learn to say “no” so you don’t get burnt out.
Diana Levine: It has to pay really well, or benefit my portfolio.
Diana Levine: Talented. Responsible. Trustworthy. Respectful. On time. Reliable. Attributes that will help your career.
Diane Pearlman: (On pay equity) Make sure you get paid what you are worth.
Katherine Castro: No woman should have to questions why she got the job. [There’s been] a lot of movement, but not a lot of progress.
Diane Pearlman: On your projects, you set the tone.
Alecia Orsini: Be an eavesdropper.
Diana Levine: Surround yourself with people who will lift you up, not bring your down.
Diane Perlman: Find good mentors: they show up and want to help you. Treat people well. Be bold. Have confidence in your experience, but don’t have an ego.
WIFVNE thanks Matthew Nash, Chair of Digital Filmmaking of the College of Art and Design at Lesley University, as well as the faculty and students at Lesley, and all of the event attendees for their participation, their questions, and a great evening. As was said to the attendees: “Surround yourself with good people.” It was a night of being surrounded, and embraced.
(Photos by Lisa D’Angelo)