Releasing my first music video like a real damn lady.
I've got a pretty big problem with how our society views women and an even bigger problem with how mass media portrays them. One day, probably sitting in traffic, an idea for a music video popped in my head. Another very serendipitous day, my dear friend Nathanael Lew said we should collaborate on something.
Turns out Nathanael has this rocking band that makes some killer music.
So I pitched my idea. After a slow process with a few starts and stops, because... life,
we finished up the biggest and most bad-ass project I have directed to date.
I'll go on, but first treat yourself to some ROCK!
Still makes my heart all fluttery every time I watch it...
If you've been following along, you've seen me write about this particular project before.
If you want to catch up, you can read the blog post HERE.
So, here's the deal: When you see an "average" woman (especially over 40) on TV or in the movies they are usually portraying a mother or grandmother, doing things around the home, occasionally the wife of some dude who's got erectile dysfunction or a crazy bag lady.
That about sums it up, right?
So, is that what all women have to look forward to as they become, as the french say, "women of experience"?
That's all we get?
To live out the rest of our years in household servitude, or if (gasp) we aren't married, literally tossed to the curb?
Not only do I believe that is a total crock of shit, I also am lucky enough to know plenty of female roll models who break this mold; OR if they do seem to fit the mold of stereotypical wife and mother/grandmother are actually that and so much more.
Or, as I prefer, all that and a bag of potato chips.
So, eff that noise, we can rock out at any age we damn well please - dudes get to - and we don't have to be mega hot babes to be tolerated on stage or screen in a non traditional role.
We've ALL seen THAT about a billion times before.
Also can I PLEEASSE see a character described as an "average woman" actually look and act like an average woman?
Yes, yes I can... because these are my projects and I'm calling the shots.
If this the only way I get to see the kind of media I want to see, so be it.
I know I'm not the only person doing this, thank gawd, but there should be so many more of us and a ton more media that shows all people as the complex characters that they are.
So, I should end with this: You, dear reader, can support this kind of work with the simple action of watching, liking and sharing the music video as well as liking the DangerVision Productions Facebook page.
The numbers and analytics don't lie and we need them to prove our worth when even the most compelling pitches and examples fail us because society can't seem to see past our boobies.
Plus, this music video is really awesome and so is everyone that helped make it happen and that should be more than enough to help us gain some traction against an industry dominated by people who refuse to be in touch with who real people are and what they want.
Now, go forth and be rad.