To the Mad Men and Women in Creative

Today marks about a week since the AAF Seattle Speakers Series hosted a panel discussion covering the topic of “Women in Creativity”. Through the range of issues covered, a recurring theme developed: as a woman trying to succeed in a creative field, you will be met with resistance. This resistance might come directly from those around you or it may simply be an internal hesitation based on a preconceived notion of what your role, as a woman, should be. Varied though they were, the panelists’ responses had a consistent message to the women in the creative world: stop at nothing to be who it is you want to be.

So, what kind of resistance will you be met with?

Long and arduous days? Yes. Creative impedance? Most certainly. Time spent away from family and friends? Without a doubt. A future sure to be filled with similar struggles? Guaranteed.

Daunting as it may seem, the solution to overcoming is quite simple: keep moving forward. Whether at a full sprint or a painstaking crawl, stop at nothing until you reach your destination. It will make your arrival that much more satisfying.

This event got us thinking about the road we, at HCFmedia, travel and the resistance we meet. Being a video production company out of Bellingham, WA, we face challenges and prejudices all the time, especially when talking to the Big Guns in the industry. But that’s a subject for a different post.

In the meantime, check out this interesting article about the CTO of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg, who has a new book talking about her attempt at smashing the status quo. Provocative stuff. The bottomline message: Push On!


Author: Alex Stowe

Alex Stowe is a producer at Hand Crank Films.

“Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.”
― John Steinbeck