What It’s Like Being A Female Director | Refinery29


For so long, men had all of the jobs of power. And now, slowly as the old guard is dying off, you’re seeing this equality emerging. My name’s Janine Sherman Barrois, and I am the writer and director of French Fries. Being a woman in the TV industry is hard as hell, it’s difficult. And you need as many people around you, supporting your career. You know, so often it’s so hard to get anything done, to get the resources. And so, to have Shatterbox, Refinery29, and TNT come together and finance these films so that we could actually tell a story that we wanted to tell, I think it’s important. I really wanted to get females behind the scenes, and so all of these women sort of came together and said, “Let’s kind of help each other and uplift each other.” I used to go into casting and people would say, “Am I reading with you?” And I’d be like, “No, I’m actually the boss.” They’re not used to having women that look like me be the ones that are behind the money, behind the creative decisions, behind the casting. But now, people are realizing that the narratives cannot just be told from a male point of view. And women are no longer being quiet about it. If I could give a young woman advice in this industry, I tell them, “Just do your story. Direct your movie. Don’t wait for anybody to give you permission.” Cause the more voices that we have of women out there, the broader appeal all of our narratives will be.

30 thoughts on “What It’s Like Being A Female Director | Refinery29

  • Lol 15 mins ago i was having an anxiety about chasing my dream as a designer since i am a female… cus i literally thought men are more smarter n creative so whats the point for me to fight for the position ๐Ÿ™ˆ

  • My dream is to be a female director in my country. I'm going to start with small steps soon enough. And I hope I will be able to reach my goal! This lady inspires me so much! Thank you for this video! We need more of this positivity in this world!

  • Why no one should be afraid for a women to do a masculine job but it doesn't matter because as long as people are happy with there life then that's all that matters ๐Ÿ˜Šโค๏ธ

  • Iโ€™m so glad I saw this. Iโ€™m an aspiring female film director and Iโ€™m about to go to USC for a film summer program. She gave perfect advice at the perfect time for me. This is a great video. Go Women In Film!

  • ANSWER: It's like being a MALE director, but with a VAGINA instead of a PENIS.
    So, I though we were all the same, but also very different too?
    Why are you IGNORING all the other GENDERS? Aren't there like, 7,500 of them?

  • what is the name of the instrumental that starts at 1:17? I've heard the same instrumental about a year ago but unfortunately I don't remember the name of it since the song is not in english :/

  • this is absolutely true and we should all be thinking like this, the kids growing up in this generation are now being to,d that they CAN do kt

  • Going to uni to study film making in September. Hope to be where she is one day. Equality in the film industry โœŒ๏ธโœŒ๏ธโœŒ๏ธ

  • This was inspiring I've been writing screenplays since I was 14 and always wanted to go to school but i let everyone's opinion get to me
    "Black women don't do well as directors"
    "Going to film school in this economy is unpractical."
    im now 26 and yearning to make my dreams come true and inspire other women / women of color to get behind the lens and also don't be held back by stereotypes go out and make it happen

  • It's hard because I come from unsupportive family to my dreams. My closest friend up until now said she doesn't think I can direct. My almost boyfriend says I can and I would be good at it that he would support me in that dream and that there are no good movies out and he sees a need for it. I can write. I want to write and direct my own films. Everything I've tried in my life up until now has crashed and failed. I'm wondering if that's led me here to directing because that encompasses ALL of my passions, not just one. Music, art, interior decorating. I'm CONSTANTLY having to stop in the middle of a film to identify where I've seen an actor before. I can identify the design to things. I can sing, teach. Relate with other people. I have a design eye. It seems like something fun to do. But am I designed to direct as a woman??? As a person??? I feel like even if I decided I could, I am stuck by a mentality that for whatever reason I'm not good enough. I've even acted for a class I was subbing because the kids egged me on to come act. I love dancing. I've done video editing a bit. Literally all my skills would be put to the test in directing. So what's the problem???

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