If you never go to Los Angeles, you may hold onto the stereotype that LA is in its own sunny, flaky, movie bubble. If you do pay a visit, it’ll occur to you that this sprawling metropolis largely dictates the fate of mainstream culture—and in turn, the fate of young women, their representation, and their self-esteem.
In the first couple days in LA, we met with three young women: a documentary film-maker, an actress, and a screenwriter, all very aware of how their gender affects their career and desires in the movie city.
Julia B.: 24 (on Venice Beach, left), documentary film-maker, lives in Venice, the daughter of film producer Laura Ziskin.
“The job of director is a position of control that women are almost afraid to want. In the film industry, men challenge and question women’s authority at every turn.”
Anna: 22 (in West Hollywood, right), actress originally from the suburbs of Chicago.
“The less talent you have, the more pressure you have to look good. For women actresses, confidence is the #1 obstacle.”
Julia G.: 24 (left and below), screenwriter, feminist, Orthodox Jew.
“Mean Girls, brought up a lot of important issues, but it basically said, ‘Whether you’re Janice or Regina, you’re a bitch.’ My friends are just as entertaining and engaging as guys we see on film. We curse a lot, we tell dirty jokes too, but that’s never represented on film. My friend and I are writing a screenplay with women who are neither threatening nor boring.”