RE: Ms. Foo. Yes, Lari White made a blanket comment about male aspirants, which is not likely to be true. If you actually read the KK Proffitt quote, you realize she was talking about something unrelated to the subject at hand. Challenging an expert on his turf will earn you a rebuff regardless of gender. The bases upon which I imply Lari White's skills are less valuable are depth of knowledge and number of records sold. If you really were equal, you would start your own record companies and sell a comparable number of records.
RE: Kerry. There are far more men in the biz who are "refused". I've been busting ass for years and all I have to show for it are a few soundtrack credits and tens of thousands of dollars owed to me, but I'm going to break through. Stop making excuses for yourself, it's an unattractive trait, one that will not draw talent to you.
My point is, there are women (and girls) making it, so the only question that remains is: do you have what it takes?
KK Profitt says the powers that be are holding the sisters back, but the reality is they're trying to keep the up-and-coming men out too. It's called business. Yes, it's competitive. No, it isn't always about being the best. The guy making the presentation at AES probably told her to shut up because she was being impertinent. She probably got her hand smacked because she didn't properly introduce herself and assert her status as a guest engineer, whatever the hell that is. Do guest engineers have to show up for sound check?
Heather Sturm probably was mistaken for the secretary because she didn't properly introduce herself.
Lari White gives a speech at Berklee and tells the girls that the boys don't know any more than they do. How does she know what their level of knowledge is? The reason more men are successful is because they DON'T have to fake it. Can Lari White use geometry and physics to design a tracking room in a studio? Bruce Swedien can. Can Lari White design and build microphones, amplifiers, and limiters? Allen Sides can.
I think it's hilarious that you cite Beyownce as an example of a successful female producer. She's a producer in credit only, she's not even a real musician. I'm surprised that you didn't mention Madonna, who actually can run a session. But Madonna used sex to great advantage in her quest for power, so I guess she would not be a useful example for the author's purposes.
If someone has a perception of you being incompetent, the only solution is to demonstrate competence. You also need to look in the mirror. Do I look and sound like a take-charge person? This can be a challenge for creative types both male and female. Aside from all of this, if you're paying for the session, that makes it easy to know who's in charge, right? Independent producers are the future, and let me tell you, sister, the studios are not going to refuse your business just because you're a girl. I promise.
Re: this article and Tracy's post. I can understand not wanting to be approached by dirtbags, but if you are one who goes around assuming every man is a rapist, I feel sorry for you. Decent men like strong, confident women. Going around with your little victim vibe ensures that you will be approached by precisely the men you wish to avoid. It's worth noting that in the man's world, the unspoken potential for violence is a daily undercurrent that we must face as well.
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