The production industry is always evolving, from new ways to film to breakthroughs in production technology, with many women spearheading initiatives that impact the industry and set changes in motion. For the second year in a row, we are thrilled to present a few of our favorite “Women to Watch” — women who are constantly inspiring and reaching new ceilings in an industry that was previously male-dominated.
How you got your start:
My background is in theatrical directing. Computers, tech and gear were never something I was supposed to care about growing up. I had Barbie dolls, not video games. I was surrounded by many powerful women in my life so I knew I could be whatever I wanted, I just didn’t know I could want this.
It wasn’t until I moved to New York that live streaming and production came on my radar. I have always loved live content and after my first year working with Live X on The Official Times Square New Year’s Eve Webcast, I knew I had found a company of people who shared the same passion for what we do. Walking into work every day and deep diving into new gear with a team of people who support and push each other sets us up to achieve great productions for our clients.
Advice to other women in the field:
Just keep going. Perseverance was a theme my grandfather instilled in me at a young age. It is important to find the people who want to build you up. As more women come into this field I am also finding it hard not to compare myself. We are all on our own journey. Every woman in a control room is a win.
How has the industry changed for women:
I have noticed first-hand women building up other women. The more of us there are, the more normal it becomes. I am the Technical Producer and Director of a daily live show with an all-female control room. This could happen because my boss and the co-founder of Live X, Corey Behnke, brought our talent onto his team and because my amazing client, the Head of Production at ClassPass Live, Jillian Ternosky, welcomed a female team.
I had the honor of being the first Technical Producer on the Times Square New Year’s Eve Webcast, which is second only to ABC for highest viewership of the night. This was not a job that existed 10 years ago. That’s a big change in our industry as a whole. Live Streaming is a new direction for broadcast and having a diverse group at the helm is invaluable.
At Live X, we have just as many women as men. I know that this is not the norm, but working in this environment promotes diversity and betters everyone on our team. This type of forward motion is what we need. The more women in power, the more women who feel empowered.
Your keys to success:
Do not feel like you need to be just like the men in the room, or the other women for that matter. I try not to shy away from the things that make me different. These things could be the reason you are in the room to begin with. Your ideas and input are of value. Whatever your gender though, we all need to know when it is our turn to speak and when it is our turn to listen.
Your impact as a woman in the industry:
Being on our weekly live streaming show, Ready Take Live, allows me to fill two roles. I am the Technical Director but I am also a co-host. While I am actively switching the cameras and coordinating with graphics I am having a full on conversation about gear with our main host, Rob Baynard. This style of show that hasn’t been done before. It showcases not only the glamour of a control room (kidding), but also the diversity of the people who can be in one.
How you expect the industry to continue to change:
So much positive change has already begun. The women who are leading the charge are fierce and bold. I hope that we continue to promote deserving people to power positions, not reliant on their gender.
I earned my Masters degree in film at the University College Dublin, in Ireland. While I was studying there, I had the marvelous opportunity to meet Brian McCue, U2’s music video editor. I convinced him to let me apprentice under him for the year and it was under his guidance and expertise that I learned the foundation of my editing style. He taught a deeply important lesson and it has served me well: You have to make your own work.
And 12 years later, I founded, along with my amazing partner Austin Elston, a successful boutique film production and post-production company, Born Lucky Studios, as well as creating multiple award-winning music videos, short films and documentaries.
Advice to other women in the field:
I don’t know how much I expect the industry to change on its own, but I will tell you how I am working my ass off to change it. In 2015, my partner, Austin Elston, and I transitioned our boutique film company into a Zero Waste firm. This means that we work really hard to not generate any trash destined for a landfill on set, in pre-production nor in post-production. We believe that we all must live our values and this includes in our workplace. This planet is facing a major crisis and unless each of us shift our behaviors, we are going destroy our home.
She has graced the stage with global artists that include Michael Jackson, Pink, Marc Anthony, Usher and more; television commercials and various programs including HBO specials, SNL, The View, The VMAs, Concert specials; as well as a recording contract offered directly by the CEO of Warner Music Group Germany. She has also worked alongside celebrity concert producer David Gest and luxury fashion designer Reem Acra, which inspired her to further her career in show producing, casting, styling/fashion directing, and costume design. This led to various creative roles for high-profile corporate and social events, product launches, trade shows, experiential marketing, concert productions and more.
Fabiola‘s entrepreneurial spirit led to the launch of Tryon Entertainment with her husband and business partner. With a degree in business, cultivated talent, and progressive mindset, Fabiola not only provides her creative expertise but a hands-on approach and a top-notch team for all entertainment and production needs big or small.
Things are changing for women and not only in media, within all industries, but again women have to continue speaking out, so their voices can be heard. And they need to be loud, this cannot be just a “momentum thing” but a real change for women around the globe.
Your keys to success:
continue learning and polishing my craft.
What do all of these women have in common?
Their dedication, drive and intelligence have led all of these women to be inspiring, successful figures in the TV/film production industry. We are proud to acknowledge their hard work. Check out last year’s women to watch.