So I am excited to have found this website while researching. I didn't know that it was in existance, yet I have several people that I know on it!
Now I am on myspace, facebook, linkedin, nashville music pros, and probably several more that I don't remember. As if I have the time to check all of those!!
Myspace is about the only other one that I check with regularity, and it is mainly to check the Sharkbait Studios page and delete all the pornstars that think that the business is run by a man (why ever would there be a WOMAN running a business?!).
So those chicks get spam-flagged by me, and I hope their myspace careers are stunted a little. Just doing my part. Knowing my husband (also an engineer, also a professor - though at MTSU), if he were to see those ads, he would also spam them - maybe after opening them to see if it was someone he knows.....hehe! For me, a picture of a rear with a thong exposed is kind of a dead giveaway. We don't really know people that would have that as their main picture. Maybe as a "oops, someone caught be drunk, how funny" burried picture. But not the main one.
So I am so excited to be on NMP, first because a surprising amount of industry professionals that I work with and know are also on here (wow, I was accepted into the club. I'm cool! haha - maybe not), but also because of the surprising resource it is for me with my simmering project.
Well, "Audio Chicks" - that's what project.
I have taken a quarter off from teaching at AI (yes, I am still at Belmont), in order to write and research and interview and question. I am so excited to finally have carved out the time in order to make this vision a reality, and I feel sooooo motivated right now. And finding NMP was so key for me - I couldn't believe how many other engineers were on this site (female). I mean, some are starting out, or freelance or whatever. But those that are linked up to the community and trying! BRAVO!
So my project, in a nutshell, will require a lot of research, several amazing interviews (I am sure), a lot of patience and coffee, and a major dose of inspiration and motivation.
So what is the end goal?
Indeed. Good question.
Well, the target market that would read this book is certainly very small. I mean, if female audio engineers only make up about 5% of the industry (unconfirmed statistic that I got from Women's Audio Mission's website - check it out!), how many of them will read this? So like maybe 2 people will be interested.
Well, that is ok. I don't really care. I think women's studies departments could also find it useful. Also, for that girl in high school who feels like maybe she would want to read about an industry she is curious about......maybe it will encourage her with her eyes wide open. Maybe it will make a change in some small way, and then 6% and 7% will be seen in my lifetime.
If that is the case, and I could be a part of it - sweet!
To me, the process is much more important than the end result. For instance, I will be contacting EVERY school with a program in audio. I will ask the tough questions. Maybe they will start tracking this. Maybe they will start to care whether females are making it through. Hell, maybe they will finally offer a minority-based assistance with tuition to start encouraging females into the field. Lord knows, my NYU education had no such assistance, and I was one of like 4 females that finished the program and stayed in the US. To my knowledge, only 2 of us are still in the field - one is a composer, and then there's me. So clearly, as hard as it is on the other side (to find a job in the industry that offers a living wage and - gasp - benefits), yeah, a little financial scholarship would have been a welcomed relief. Maybe I will get the wheels turning on that for the future generations.
Maybe with more females getting some attention (yes, we ARE out here!), some men will start to change their attitudes within the industry.
And maybe, I can unite some females who before now felt a little bit alone (and possibly, oftentimes disregarded) - to know that there are more chicks out there who have, at times, braved some adversity to be where they are. That is power!
Can you tell, I am excited?
I will be interviewing folks from Women's Audio Mission, and a female pioneer - Leslie Ann Jones - in the industry since the 1970s. If you don't know about her - look her up. I can't wait to converse with her.
If you are a female engineer and have some questions for other female engineers - let me know. I will ask everyone I interview.