Breaking the ceiling as a woman in film making
The challenges women face in the creative industry are enormous, one of them being the space to grow and excel. Identifying these spaces for growth is a hard nut to crack?
“Within the short period I started working with SHF, I discovered that I became time conscious, bold and confident. Devotedness and consistency is one of their strongholds which I have gained as well.” Says Magho Anembom Ijeoma who is a Master degree student at the university of Bamenda, department of Performance and visual Arts. She works with arts and entertainment houses in bamenda which are the Sysy house of fame and Flashlight production Inc.
Involving women in roles that are male dominated is a big move towards pushing women in the creative industry to break the glass ceilings in their career. “I was inspired to join the creative industry because of my love for acting and script writing, but as time went unfolded, I started developing less interest in acting. Focusing my attention on technical roles”. Says Ijeoma. Women can express power when empowered to do a task they are thought not to be fit for.
“My first very first role as an assistant director in a class project” Ijeoma says. She is currently the production manager of the film “NGONNSO”. “This is my very first time on set as a production manager and it has been an amazing one. Given the fact that I had to research on what a production manager does on set from pre to post productions also helped me a lot” Ijeoma shares her experience as a first timer in production management. It is evident that she is determined to cross this bridge with hands on training and support from her Producer, co-workers and team members.
Truly the technical part of film production is demandind skills and mtoivation and if a woman is determined by what she aims to achieve, she will definitely do it.
“As a woman, the one step to breaking the glass ceiling in this industry is by standing up. Let people see you and know you, then let your works follow. Whatever role you have to play anywhere as a woman do it as a man. Let people see the qualities and power that you possess so that it will speak for you.” Ijoema rests her case