Women in the Entertainment Industry: Annetta Dexter Sawyer
We are asking women in the entertainment industry around the world some key questions about their life and career. Here is Annetta Dexter Sawyer based in Washington DC.
1. In which part of the industry do you work?
Performing Arts — theater, dance, buffoon and clown.
2. Have you drawn professional inspiration from other women in the entertainment industry? How have they inspired you?
Of course! The early modern dancers, actors and comedians have influenced me.
3. What would you tell young women who are just starting out? What would you like them to know?
Be yourself. Train. And train some more. Be brave and perform your work. Don’t give up. Stay creative!
4. What is the best piece of career advice you have ever received?
There is something in you that allows connection with others. Follow that.
5. Please share one of your toughest challenges in your career. How did you overcome?
Asked not to return to a company. Joined another performance group.
6. What is your favorite musical or play?
Waiting for Godot.
7. What is your morning routine?
Waking awareness/energy flow visualization, coffee, writing, movement, teaching/performing.
8. Drink of Choice?
9. What is a phrase you are known for saying?
I clown therefore I am.
10. At what point in your career did you become a mother? What was your entertainment industry job?
Midway…a performing artist primarily doing my own performance art and also work as a dance artist.
11. What allowances (or not) were made to accommodate you as an expectant mother?
I could have continued to perform during my pregnancy and that was a nice option to be afforded.
12. What childcare options were/are available to you?
Community groups and friends!
13. What are the biggest challenges of being a mom in the industry?
Torn between two loves — your children & all that energy and focus plus love of being a performer and all the time and dedication that takes!
14. What are the biggest rewards of being a mom in the industry?
When my sons are in the audience.
15. Any tips for balancing work and parenting?
Get them involved and be a part of what they’re interested in.
16. What advice would you give to other women in the industry?
Stay connected with artists in the industry. Research, learn, experiment and take classes in physical theater, Shakespeare, the modernists. Read & educate yourself. Enjoy yourself.
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