Tips For The Next Generation Of Women

Tips for the next generation of women

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Several top women in Hollywood share their advice for succeeding in the entertainment business.

Los Angeles Times

In Hollywood, the television industry is seeing far more women calling the shots than in film. But no matter the size of the screen, the job is still big, so here’s some advice, both practical and principled, from directors at all levels for the next generation of women looking to step behind the camera.

Beth McCarthy Miller
“30 Rock,” “Veep”
“Do internships, create relationships, try to learn whatever you can. Keep an open mind about everything. There’s been many times over the years where I’ve done something where it’s terrible money and it’s not a very good shoot, but someone called and asked me to do it, and I did it and I got the relationship with somebody, and three years later, they called me with an amazing opportunity. Every opportunity is an open door. You have to choose to go through those doors sometimes.”

Julie Anne Robinson
“The Good Place,” “Weeds”
“Always know what every character has been doing or is going to do. It’s harder than it seems because you shoot everything out of order, but when the actor says, ‘Cue, where have I just been?’ You should know that answer to that question.”

Lesli Linka Glatter
“Homeland,” “Ray Donovan”
“Do not pretend you know something you don’t … because you will get caught. Ask!”

Lisa DeMaine
“Lucifer” (upcoming), “Hot Break”
“If you want to be a director, don’t be an assistant director. It’s not a path to directing.”

Gail Mancuso
“Modern Family,” “Roseanne”
“Learn people’s names. Learn the crew’s names and their functions, and say ‘please’ and ‘thank you.’ That goes a long way. Also, bring two pairs of shoes and eat well. There are times that I have gone over six hours without some food and I start feeling weak and dizzy. And hydrate.”

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