I wanted to talk on a subject that has been on the backburner for too long. It isn’t something Every female has the courage to speak about and it has become an issue that needs to be addressed. Of course I believe in being fair, in equality and everyone being given a fair chance. Unfortunately, when it comes to the Music Industry and being a “Female Producer” you can run into issues. Stereotyping, harassment, discrimination are a few things I deal with on a regular basis. When it comes to being a Female Composer for Film AND being a Christian however, that takes on a whole new level and makes things 100 times more difficult It means I have to work much much harder. Industries such as coal mining are undertaken primarily by men. Thats awesome, however some Industries do suit men better than women but I believe many women are too afraid to step out in PRODUCING MUSIC because of the of the hurdles they know they will face especially from male producers. Not all but many. Unfortunately for me I’ve encountered this on a large scale.
Film Music composers are Male, 99.9% are male. Its accepted its standard it is understood. If its a female, its a problem to other Artists & Producers. There has been an Onslaught of Male producers of trying to put me down in subtle ways. I’m afraid the intimidation never worked on me.
Some Artists put too much emphasis in trying to get an easy lift to the top of the Music Industry rather than concentrating in investing in their music careers and working hard to get where they want to be. Many want an easy ride. Im afraid Im not on hire, not to look appealing, NOT to use my sexuality to advance, exploit or bypass my way to get favours from other people, artists or producers. That is not my character.
I got where I am today because I invested and worked exceptionally hard for MANY years.
Below is a website link on some of the issues I have addressed about women being in the Music Industry we are seeing more of women starting to realize how intense the discouragement can be.
What I am concerned about is being taken seriously some Composers do, but there is a long way to go to open a path for Female composers to get the opportunity if they want them. Ill be honest though the Music Industry is Cut Throat. No one cares about you but they care if you are their stepping stone. I have and am prepared to walk away from friendships, people or circles who have become a negative hindrance. Being a female can bring you the wrong kind of attention and some artists have been more interested in getting a phone number rather than showing support. Honestly its such a destructive pattern . I form great friendships but boundaries are repeatedly crossed on many occasions. This is just an example of what Ive had to put up with. I’m the same as everyone else. We all want our Music to be heard, for me the Biblical message in the Music is far more important. It may mean Im not popular. GREAT! It then means I’m in this for the right reasons.
What I have become “accustomed” to is backbiting, smutty comments, lack of support from many Producers & Composers BECAUSE I am a female and good at what I’m doing. Ill get an invite to join an online composers group. The Group leader promoted everyone elses music..except mine. I was the only female and the ONLY one in the group who got music placed in Film. The support for my music is rarely overt . Someone told me if I’m not making enemies, I’m doing something right. I agree and in all honesty going into Film Music has destroyed friendships-because of resentment(why should a women get the opportunity mentality). It isnt my problem. I absolutely LOVE supporting people in music but its their attitudes towards me that hinders me from reaching out more. Being A Female Composer comes with a price, so does being a Christian. I accept it, I understand it, Its part of the territory but it doesn’t mean the persecution is right. It doesn’t mean I’m less capable, it doesn’t mean just because I’m a woman Ill be interested in a fling. It doesn’t mean “flirting” with me to the point it makes me uncomfortable is acceptable. It doesn’t mean my music is cheap and it does NOT mean I”l tolerate disrespect and bad attitudes from male composers.
I’ve had my fair share of this. Its something to bear in mind for any female producer who wants to take the chance. Its like working in a hostile environment. Its like marching in a battalion full of venomous snakes who bite for a piece of success and slither away when they don’t get what they want. Can I handle it? of course I can because I know who the real enemy is. He is unseen. But Greater is the one who is in me.
Who is one of my biggest Inspiration and mentor? It has to be Marcus Barone. His website is below.Read More