We recently posted an article entitled “Women Making A Difference On Broadway“, in which we discussed the award-winning Broadway show The Heidi Chronicles, written by the late Wendy Wasserstein.
While this play is inspiring and empowering for women, Broadway isn’t the only place women are making a difference in the arts and entertainment industry.
Iconic actress Meryl Streep announced at the Tribeca Film Festival in April that she is showing her support for women in the film industry in a very tangible way. She is funding the Writers Lab, exclusively for female screenwriters over the age of 40.
Variety.com reported that the Writers Lab will be operated by NYWIFT (New York Women in Film and Television), a group that Streep has supported for many years, and Iris, a network of female filmmakers.
According to NYWIFT, “The only program of its kind, The Writers Lab evolved in recognition of the absence of the female voice in narrative film, along with the dearth of support for script development. The lab offers 8 promising films by women over 40 a springboard to production.”
The eight lucky women that are selected to be a part of the Writers Lab will gather at a workshop on September 18th – 20th, where they will have the opportunity to be mentored by established female filmmakers such as Kristen Smith (Legally Blonde, 10 Things I Hate About You), Caroline Kaplan (Time Out of Mind, Personal Velocity), and Gina Prince-Bythewood (Secret Life of Bees, Beyond the Lights).
Three Tips to Cultivate Creativity
Perhaps your daughter has shown an interest in creative arts or the entertainment industry, whether acting, painting, singing, acting, or writing. If so, here are a few things you can do to cultivate her creativity.
- Show her how valuable the arts are and take her to a show.
The best way to encourage your daughter is by sharing with her what she could do if she has a passion for the arts. There are many touring shows that go to small towns. Look in your local paper and make a date for some together time.
- Help her hone her skills.
If you really want to show your daughter you believe in her, help give her opportunities to pursue her passions and develop her skills. Maybe it means letting her go to acting camp over the summer. It also might include signing her up for musical lessons, dance lessons or singing lessons. Sometimes variety is key until she finds what she really loves the best.
- Teach her to not criticize her own work.
We tend to naturally be our own worst critics. Talk with your daughter about being overly critical of her work and how it can stifle her creativity and may even keep her from sharing what she has to offer with the world. She should reach for excellence, not perfection.
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