This TV Writer Is Helping Women Break Into The Entertainment Industry

Movie and TV award season is among us, and the conversation is focused on the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements. These discussions about sexual misconduct in the entertainment industry, and in many other industries, have led to an outcry for more female in the entertainment industry.

During this year’s Golden Globes no females were nominated for Best Director. Greta Gerwig directed Lady Bird, which took home the globe for Best Comedy Movie, wasn’t nominated. Patty Jenkins wasn’t nominated and she directed the box office smash¬†Wonder Woman. Natalie Portman called out the Hollywood Forum Press for only nominated men when she presented the award.

"Here are the ALL-MALE nominees." Natalie Portman presents the names for best director of a motion picture. #GoldenGlobes

— CNN Entertainment (@CNNent) January 8, 2018

The number of ladies who are making movies behind the camera is astoundingly low. The Hollywood Reporter reports that only 18% of behind the camera jobs in 2017 were done by women. This doesn’t even delve into the African-American women or women of color that are behind the camera.

Of the top 250 films of 2017:
-88% had no female directors
-83% had no female writers
-45% had no female exec producers
-96% had no female cinematographers

— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) January 10, 2018

It’s not that women aren’t available to hire, it’s just good old fashion sexism. There are plenty of women who are willing and want to do the work, they just aren’t getting the same opportunities as their male counterparts are. Melissa Hunter, who starred and wrote Adult Wednesday and writes for Santa Clarita Diet, tweeted that she wants to help get women in the entertainment industry.

my goal for 2018 is to get at least 3 women jobs in entertainment. if we all do this, every woman who wants a job in hollywood will have one. i am aware that this is fully a pyramid scheme.

— Melissa Hunter (@melissaFTW) January 8, 2018

She clarified that doesn’t have any hiring power currently but is hoping to one day. Even though she can’t hire anyone, she does have Hollywood connections and can help with exposure.

to be clear: i do not have hiring power right at this moment. but my personal 2018 goal is to be in the position to hire, and then i can play my part in this very cool pyramid scheme.

— Melissa Hunter (@melissaFTW) January 9, 2018

but my first step in this is to retweet some women looking for work. reply with your websites, reels, videos, etc, and i will retweet as many as i can!

— Melissa Hunter (@melissaFTW) January 9, 2018

Hunter even went and set up an email account so women can send their resumes so if she hears of a job in their city, or acquires a hiring job, can help them out.

ok making good on this, i set up an email address:

send your resume & links there. in the subject line, write [Your Profession] + [Your City]. when i'm in the position to hire or hear of a job, i will use this as a resource!

— Melissa Hunter (@melissaFTW) January 9, 2018

She also has been sharing job opportunities, and programs that she participated in that helped her break into the entertainment business.

hey, female directors, submit for this! i got my first real break through a program at NBC.

— Melissa Hunter (@melissaFTW) January 9, 2018

hey, WOC who are children's writers, submit for Sesame Street here!

— Melissa Hunter (@melissaFTW) January 12, 2018

Someone pointed out how it’s not illegal to hire men, so how is this sexist? Hunter replied by saying that men have a tendency to employ other men, despite their qualifications. Also, she is just helping mentor other women.

men have been hiring men they know since the dawn of time. it is the explicit problem we are trying to solve. thanks for bringing that up!

also, it's called mentoring and it is most certainly legal and highly encouraged.

— Melissa Hunter (@melissaFTW) January 10, 2018

The #MeToo and #TimesUp movements have subconsciously¬†created a network of women supporting, believing and helping one another. Typically the media pits women against each other. But now more than ever before it’s evident that women want to help other women succeed.

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