I have been an executive producer for over a decade and I guess I am lucky to say I have not noticed any male-kind-of-pressure in this role, because as a financial analyst I’ve been working with numbers, with budgets and found the ways to make everything better for a lower amount of money. So when it came to finding a professional who could help saving some money on production people usually had not cared if you are a woman or a man - they needed the positive result, which I provided.
But in the creative world, it feels a little bit harder to get noticed as a woman because somehow in case a project needs a director and has two pretty similar professionals to choose from in most cases a man would get hired. Not because producers hate or disrespect women - just because for decades it had been somewhat of a kind of a norm. So, in my executive producing life I tried to hire the talented women as much as possible, and, say, the sound engineer I always work with - Julie - is truly the best one in the world. I did have a whole number of chances to compare her work to the other specialists in the field and she’s really the best. Or my co-producer Sasha Boot - she’s a jack of all trades kind of person, just like a producer must be. And of course, I am thrilled to have Beth Kushnick onboard: she is the best production designer in the world. Every room you’ve seen in The Good Wife / The Good Fight TV series or the set decor in Jumanji, Wanted, National Treasure and many other movies - all this was made by her. So her advice in the field of making the scenes visually amazing is always a gem.
In this project we are 50/50 female/male team: 2 female producers, 2 male - and even though it happened unintentionally I am glad it is so: I am sure that even opposite opinions make any projects stronger. And one should not ever collect an all-female crew or all-male crew on purpose because it would weaken a project.
I feel like it is positively a thrilling time to live and work in as a woman: many film festivals, TV channels, studio representatives start paying attention to female-driven and female-directed projects. It is a bit politicized at the moment, but the vector of development of the industry had changed, and it’s to the better. As an emerging director I applied to NBC's Female Forward program and hold my fingers crossed to get there because the best way to get even more experience is to dive into even bigger projects. But wherever it goes I am sure I will be okay both as a producer and a director. And of course, I will be glad to help out women in the industry - so if you are an amazing editor, color corrector, or a director of photography, or whoever else - feel free to contact me anytime.