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Here’s a story I heard last night from an actress friend.
She was in the beginning of her career, already done a few parts in prime-time television shows and looking for more.
Her female agent called her one day about casting for a movie. It includes some nudity she said. My friend wasn’t against nudity if the story requires it, but she asked to see the script.
They won’t send the script, she was told, only the pages.
When she got those, she realized the character has no lines, just walking around nude and interacting for a second with the lead. She told her agent that she doesn’t want to go to the casting session. It’s gratuitous nudity and has nothing to do with being an actress.
The female agent was mad. It’s an opening for features, she told her, and the casting director is a famous one. “just go to the session to meet the casting director” she said.
That was a good reason to go, but my friend declined. She was (and still is) young and beautiful, that’s not where she wants her career to go.
The agent wasn’t happy. In fact, she was furious saying that what will hurt her career the most is not her acting ability but her ego. You have a great body, why not show it?
A few days later the agent called again. “Ok, they want you so much that they will give up the casting session. Just go and meet with the director/producer.”
“Where?” My friend asked
“In a secret location that will be revealed only after approval.”
That sounded weird. “Why?”
“He’s a famous director, an Oscar winner. Why are you being so difficult? I got you a meeting with a big director and you’re asking too many questions.”
“I just don’t understand” my friend insisted. “There’s nothing to this part. It’s a part for an extra, not an actress. So why do I have to go and audition for the director?”
“Because he’s famous and wants to see how comfortable you are naked.”
The agent put tremendous pressure on her to go. Berated her for asking questions, for being so difficult. “Just go and meet James Toback, for crying out loud!” She said.
My friend, following her gut feeling, declined.
Later, when pilot season came along she got very few calls for auditions. When she inquired why she was told it is because she is difficult and not cooperating. Her career stalled for a while until she left that agency.
Another example of women helping women?
This is something that proves what The Geena Davis Institute has been saying for a long time “If she can see it, she can be it”! This list, published by Variety has not been verified yet, but it sounds authentic enough that all the major publications went with it. Here’s what young children said, just […]
Wonder Woman threw her shield and there’s a deep crack in the celluloid ceiling. Years ago, I was at one of those Hollywood parties. I struck a conversation with a head of a medium size studio and his head of distribution. Somehow (?) the conversation turned to the topic of female stars and directors. […]
Not too often you come across a movie that has everything a movie should have. A movie that draws you into its world, makes you accept everything you see and makes you laugh, cry and think. “Their Finest” is such a movie. London, 1940. The blitz has become part of life. The […]
For the first time in a long, long time I walked out of the movie theater thinking: “Thank God this movie was not directed by a woman.” Those who know me, or read what I’ve been writing, know I am all for women directors. Trying to rekindle my own career after […]
Here are the Emmy nominations as published on the DGA site: Full list of DGA Members nominated for 68th Annual Emmy Awards for Directing: OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A DRAMA SERIES Jack Bender • Game of Thrones • The Door • HBO Michael Engler • Downton Abbey • Episode 9 • PBS Lesli Linka Glatter • […]
August 17, 2016 Hiring of Minority First-Time TV Directors Remains Flat; Hiring of Women Gaining Slightly TV Director Development Cultivates Diversity Los Angeles – Building on its efforts to analyze and bring awareness to the critical role that a “first break” plays in increasing diversity, the Directors Guild of America (DGA) today issued the results […]
It all begins with respect. Treat female directors with the respect that comes from their sheer numbers – 51% of the population. We are not diversity, we are not minority. We are half of the people who have been treated with condensation and called “little woman”, women who were told to takes care […]
Warner Bros. program for directors is open for submission. It’s a short window 6/20/16 – 6/30/16. You should have a short script you want to work on because for the first time this program is different! Not only lectures but the 5 lucky ones will get to work on their script, budget it, cast it, […]
Although statistics are published by the DGA in September, the guild found it necessary to issue a press release in May that tells us the numbers. In the 2015-2-16 season, women directed 17.1% of episodes – up from 15.8% the previous year. There was a marked difference in hiring patterns between the major networks which […]