Rachel Feldman: Discusses decisions that helped her crash through the Hollywood glass ceiling
Date of Show: November 13, 2020
Have you ever thought about the importance of decision-making in your life? Maybe not when it comes to choosing between a latte or an Americano at Starbucks; but on pivotal choices such as relocating for a promising new job, investing $250,000 to go to law school, or making a complete pivot in your professional career several years or even decades in. On today’s episode, we answer the question: Is there a successful decision framework?
How can I take the first few steps into the career of my dreams in an industry where I’m underrepresented?
Where can I find the wherewithal to keep going when it feels like I’m all alone on my journey?
How do I embrace my “voice” to stand out in my career?
John Kramer welcomes writer, director, and filmmaker Rachel Feldman. Her most recent directing credits include Blue Bloods, The Rookie, and Criminal Minds, among others. Her pilot script KINKS won the 2020 Screencraft Best Pilot and the WGA Drama Queens Best Pilot. Rachel began her career in entertainment as a child actor. Her experience working on set coupled with an affinity for the visual arts inspired her to explore a variety of different fields in her teenage years, from graphic design to theatre to fine arts. In her senior year, she read an article in the New York Times about international women film directors. That was the moment she realized that all of her creative pursuits over the years were part and parcel with being a film director. She went on to study for a Master’s Degree in Film at NYU, and the rest was history.
3 MAJOR POINTS DISCUSSED
● You can’t be what you can’t see. For many people, the potential to be something greater can be buried under a whole slew of challenges, from societal expectations to economic circumstances to a lack of having the right support. Rachel was born to be a filmmaker, but the entertainment industry during her early years did not expose her to any other female directors to look up to.
● Embrace your voice. You may be at a point in your life where it seems like having the conversation with those who can help you advance in your career isn’t possible. Rachel shares the need to not only stay true to yourself in spite of being the “David” to your industry’s “Goliath” but to become an activist for your purpose. This will not only help you grow personally and professionally, but you then inspire others who may be in similar situations to grow alongside you.
● If you did things differently, you wouldn’t be where you are right now. Rachel has had her fair share of ups and downs in her career, but she wouldn’t change a thing about it. Situations may come your way at a hundred miles per hour; but Rachel’s formula to thrive is to trust her instinct. She goes by the saying: “Serendipity—she is my goddess.” For her, as well as for everyone else, life is an ongoing journey, and we never know what any single event will lead to, whether we consider those experiences “good” or “bad”. Embrace the full package that is your life. Embrace serendipity.
ABOUT OUR HOSTS
Jon Kramer, Managing Director JMK Solutions www.jmk-solutions.com is a marketing services veteran with 35+ years of experience working with leading agencies, and major consumer packaged goods brands.
Most recently, Jon was the Enterprise Sales Marketing lead at WestRock, a $16B packaging and display company, responsible for interfacing with their largest clients. Earlier, he was CMO of the RockTenn Merchandising Division where he created a shopper-marketing team, and go-to-market strategies for the Henkel company. He was also responsible for providing the selling organization with insights into the evolving US retail environment.
Previously, Kramer served for 10 years as CEO of J. Brown, the Shopper Marketing agency of Grey Worldwide. He was responsible for creating the organizational positioning and strategy, and led all new-business efforts. During his tenure, J. Brown became the leading U.S. shopper marketing Agency, virtually defining the discipline.
Paul Kramer’s distinguished marketing career is characterized by a long track record of building high performance communication organizations. His expertise is a unique blend of creativity, technical marketing analysis, and a keen business sense for strategic positioning. Paul’s earlier career included being the CEO of Catapult Marketing, President and COO of Hyper Marketing Inc and President and COO of D.L. Ryan Companies and has sat on Epsilon’s Strategic Management Team.
Paul is skilled in all areas of marketing. He is especially strong in strategic planning, national brand management, marketing communications, and business development. In addition, he has a solid management foundation with accomplishments in P&L management, intellectual property, forming and maintaining strategic alliances and building business.
Today, Paul is the General Partner of Riverside Consulting, a strategic consulting company working with senior leadership to help guide their business’ success.
ABOUT OUR GUEST
Rachel Feldman is an accomplished film & television director. This past season, she directed multiple episodes of “Blue Bloods,” “Criminal Minds,” “The Rookie,” and the pilot and first season of “The Baxters.” She has directed movies for Freeform, Lifetime Television, and The SyFy Channel.
Feldman is in active development to direct her screenplay LILLY, a feature film based on the life of Fair Pay icon Lilly Ledbetter, championed by Meryl Streep. The screenplay is an Athena List winner and Feldman is the recipient of the NYWIFT Ravenal Foundation Grant. Her pilot KINKS was optioned by eOne Television, won the 2020 ScreenCraft and WGA Drama Queens Best Pilot Awards.
An activist for women behind the camera, she is interviewed in “This Changes Everything,” “Half The Picture,” and “Celluloid Ceiling.” A former chair of the DGA Women’s Steering Committee, you can follow her on Twitter @WomenCallAction.
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