WIM | Women In Media

Boss Babes

Women in Today's World Worth Admiring

As a woman who is an entrepreneur, mother, writer, and activist, in today’s world, I believe equality begins where collaboration lives and breathes. I have the great fortune of knowing truly exceptional women in film, women in media, women in tech, women in entertainment, and women who dare push through glass ceilings. This page is devoted to sharing the latest endeavors of some of my favorite women who work hard to earn the title of #BossBabe.

Gabriela Fresquez | Actress, Activist, Host

Should you met Gaby, one of the first thing you’ll notice is her ballerina-like physique, her wonderfully foul mouth colored with ivy league vocabulary, a brilliant smile, and a tenacious spirit that also happens to make her one of the fiercest actresses, hosts, visionaries, and activists I know. She has started a YouTube series called LatinXpert that will make you laugh, make you think, and prove that women aren’t inferior.

Gabriela Cristina Fresquez Famania is a Mexican-American actor and host born and raised in Los Angeles. She’s been on over 40 network television shows and commercials combined, is a proud feminist hungry for truth, and isn’t afraid to call you out if you happen to be full of bs. A USC graduate, her passion and background is in grassroots activism and political campaigning and her latest endeavor of LatinXpert takes that to heart.

 

Adrienne Brodeur | Author, Editor

The first time I met Adrienne was in Belize for Francis Ford Coppola’s Zoetrope: All-Story Writer’s workshop. I was accepted to attend and she would be my editor. While Sarah Powell was my teacher and Amy Bloom my personal editor and mentor at the weeklong creative immersion, it was Adrienne that would leave a lasting mark on my soul and push me to want to be a better writer. Adrienne is an award winning editor, author, consultant, mother, and wife whose life is well-worth learning about and lucky for you, she’s written a memoir to give you a glimpse into the truest version of her. Wild Game is the story of a mother and a daughter, and the complexities that happen when the child becomes the confidante. It is an intriciate tale that will take you through the brilliant mind of my favorite editor. Wild Game is now available for pre-order.

You can read her first book Man Camp, and two essays “I Am My Own In-Law” (New York Times, Modern Love Column, 2013) and “Literal Balance, Life Balance” (Opinionator, 2015) or visit her website www.AdrienneBrodeur.com to learn about her beyond impressive career. This is a woman that has exquisite taste, will push you to be a better writer, and never falters on her love of the written word.

 


Amaryllis Tsegou | The Tasty Other

Across the pond in the United Kingdom, in the heart of London lives a lovely home cook Amaryllis Tsegou with whom I’ve had the pleasure of knowing the past few years. We met when her cinematographer husband, Michael Paleodimos came to Los Angeles for the 2017 Oscars. I had watched the short film, Stutterer, at the LA Shorts Film Fest and was enthralled. I launched a campaign of support about how Oscar-worthy it was. (And it won that year!) When he and the entire crew arrived in LA, we became instant friends. Michael immediately told me about his charming wife (then fiancé) Amaryllis who cooked up the most delightful things and once we met, that’s when the friendship really blossomed. A strong, kind, creative cook and advocate, she is a rarity in today’s world.

Every time I’d visit her blog, The Tasty Other, I’d find myself in a culinary showdown between wanting to jump through the screen and eat everything straight away—and a deep desire to learn how to make everything she cooks up. She’s unpretentious yet undeniably talented, but the greatest aspect of her recipes is that they are simple and vibrant, and won’t make you want to pull out your hair with complicated instruction.

Supporting women is paramount, and as more and more statistics seep out, may you make a concerted effort to support every women in business, film, tech, and media you can.

Below are troubling statistics according to a recent report in Filmonomics about the disparity in wages between women and men in film. While we continue to make a mark and fight for equal pay, may these statistics sink in.

  • Women Directors are the most under-represented major category in cinema, accounting for 8.8% of films made in this survey period. They are followed by Women Writers (13.2%), Women Producers (19.8%) and Women Acting Leads (29.4%) Even roles for Supporting Actors, which one might think would be close to fifty-fifty, are tilted towards men.
  • Regardless of role, women are afforded smaller budgets than their male counterparts. And yet, with the exception of Women Directors, those same women generate higher returns despite deploying those smaller production resources.
  • Women Writers seem particularly shortchanged: Their scripts achieve the highest ROI of any category and yet their work commands two-thirds of the average budgets given to Male Writers. This imbalance becomes particularly egregious for films budgeted at more than $25 million, a category in which Women Writers achieve an industry-high ROI of 3.72 and yet account for just 8.7% of theatrically released screenplays.