Author Keith Makenas Date May 8, 2018
It’s an unfortunate broken record hearing the annual statistics reporting the lack of women in Hollywood. The main problem with the lopsided numbers is that there are many women in the industry that deserve the same opportunities as men. The demand for equality is not to simply hire more women and throw qualified men out on the street, but rather give the same opportunities to women since they are equally and even more qualified than their male counterparts.
There are typically more hurdles for a woman to prove she’s right for the job. Those hurdles are even more difficult to get over when for example she is Indian, Muslim, Latina, Asian, and even disabled. Which is why these three women deserve credit for overcoming the critics telling them they can’t do it. They all come highly qualified and their personal life experiences are an inspiration to all.
“Don’t wait for permission, give yourself permission, to learn, to fail, to do and it will all serve you”
Director Regina Ainsworth is a member of the Directors Guild of America (DGA) Alliance of Women Directors (AWD), Women in Film, Women in Media, Cinnefemme, and NALIP. She was elected to Co-Chair the DGA’s Latino Committee and appointed to serve the Women’s Steering Committee Proposal’s Committee. Recently Regina spoke on stage to DGA members for a special event hosted by the DGA Latino Committee and Special Projects Committee, The Craft of the Director: Guillermo del Toro “Fables and Parables.” Regina talked about the committee’s work and introduced del Toro, “The Latino Committee is thrilled to co-partner this discussion on fables and parables. Tonight, we get to do just that by recognizing the work of Guillermo del Toro, a person whose vision, leadership and directorial style has moved us all. His visionary monsters, examination of the other, and authentic storytelling style has had an indelible impact on cinema.”
She has worked with over 120 episodic TV series, shorts, and films. With the strong ambition to visually tell stories, she committed herself full time to filmmaking. Her experiences in the film and TV industry are extensive, her resume is remarkable, but yet the odds are still against her. “It’s extremely challenging being a female director, and a Latina director. But it is a misconception that we aren’t out there….while we are unicorns, there are whole villages of unicorns that are easily found….they are just not plucked out and propped up the same way men are,” shares Ainsworth.
Regina says she’s a valuable and nimble director because she works very well with others, she’s decisive, and is quick at trouble shooting to avert major issues. “Leadership, collaboration, communication, and enabling people to do their best work are all key to bringing your artistic vision to life on screen. Being prepared and having a clear vision is also extremely important. I prep like nobody’s business,” shares Regina. She got her start in the industry as an actress and said that gives her an edge as a director on getting the best from her cast and that she knows how to speak that language fluently and sees each actor’s part being extremely critical to telling the story.
Networking, being open to taking advice, and learning from those before her, along with guidance from mentors are all crucial to her success. She is constantly on the rise as a director, she won’t go away, and refuses to give up. “Have I had to be more assertive, more tenacious, more bold, less apologetic – absolutely. I speak up and out, and for me, I was more rough and tumble as a girl growing up, so I never really learned to be meek in a way; I guess my upbringing has served me…I’ve never thought about it before really, I just did it.”
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