Women in the Entertainment Industry: Alice Kornitzer
We are asking women in the entertainment industry around the world some key questions about their life and career. Here is Alice Kornitzer based in London/UK & Berlin/Germany.
1. In which part of the industry do you work?
I’m a freelance theatre director and dramaturge, and run two independent theatre companies.
2. Have you drawn professional inspiration from other women in the entertainment industry? How have they inspired you?
I think within the creative industries we are prone to being inspired by fellow artists – past, present, and those we are looking to nurture for the future. More recently, I have been making a conscious effort to look towards female artists for inspiration, as the industry (particularly in my disciplines) is so male-dominated. It can feel like you’re re-inventing the wheel, which none of us really are, though, and it’s that feeling, I believe, that fosters the sense that structures aren’t progressive enough. The female-identifying artists that really linger on in my mind, are those who, seemingly effortlessly, combine deep passion, thought and wisdom with bottomless creativity, kindness and humour. Be it purely through their work or other forms of output – they stay true to themselves whilst being adaptable, are sincere with a sense of humour, and keep a diligent eye on the future; presumably in order to not get bogged down by the minutiae of the present!
3. What would you tell young women who are just starting out? What would you like them to know?
Let’s not sugar coat this: it’s going to be challenging – for so many intricate reasons. Yet, I think there’s an important distinction to be made between ‘making work’ and the ‘industry’. And I think, at the end of the day, that is one of the most important reminders!! The latter takes patience, growing sense of confidence in self and one’s work, it takes connections, which in turn takes time…. But, the former: that is us as artists. And that’s a power and independence we shouldn’t hand over. So keep remembering the difference.
4. What is the best piece of career advice you have ever received?
Yalla, what are you waiting for?!
5. Please share one of your toughest challenges in your career. How did you overcome?
I’ll let you know when we’re through this pandemic….!
6. What is your favorite musical or play?
I definitely can’t pick.
7. What is your morning routine?
Coffee, shower, and my daily Buddhist practice. Without, everything is just slightly out of whack.
8. Drink of Choice?
Beer or rum & ginger beer.
9. What is a phrase you are known for saying?
10. What advice would you give to other women in the industry?
Pass the baton, share the spaces, allyship among women of all backgrounds shapes our society and needs to hold bigger stakes.
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