As I continue to grow in my own role as producer, I have been spending some time getting to know the work of other female producers. In an article by Peter Hoare (which can be found here: http://www.complex.com/pop-culture/2013/01/10-female-movie-producers-you-need-to-know/ ) there is a marvelous list of woman who have been doing stellar work as producers. Knowing the work of these amazingly talented women is definitely worthwhile. Hoare begins his article by noting that producing used to be a boys' club and that women were not really welcome. I personally have long been a fan of Kathleen Kennedy and, in fact, she was my own inspiration for becoming a producer myself. She is a legend in the field and so talented! Some of the other names on Hoare's list are more recent entries into the world of producing, but all have proven that they have what it takes and then some to hold their own in this field.
Producing is a calling. It's not for everyone, but if it is for you, do not hesitate to step up no matter your gender, background, or past life. I am honored to be stepping up now and having such incredibly talented women to inspire me in my work.
Lynne M. Smelser is an executive producer and scriptwriter. For more than 20 years she has been an active writer who has won many national awards. She also holds a Ph.D. in English from Michigan State University.