Women in the Entertainment Industry: Bonnie Comley
We are asking women in the entertainment industry around the world some key questions about their life and career. Here is Bonnie Comley based in New York, NY USA.
1. In which part of the industry do you work?
CEO & Founder of BroadwayHD, a subscription streaming service dedicated to full length stage plays and musicals.
2. Have you drawn professional inspiration from other women in the entertainment industry? How have they inspired you?
I’m a great admirer of Charlotte St. Martin. Since 2006 Ms. St. Martin has been the head of The Broadway League, the trade association for Broadway theater owners, producers, presenters and general managers. Anyone who can remain at the top of a multi-billion dollars industry for 15 years has leadership skills worth emulating.
3. What would you tell young women who are just starting out? What would you like them to know?
You have skills like no other generation in history. You grew up using technology that some of us are still struggling to navigate. Your predecessors created and invented things like plastic and the internet that solved some problems but caused others and you will inherit the good with the bad. The pandemic has accelerated conversations around practices, policies and systems that needed re-examining and you will be part of the reset. You have spent a year in chaos watching a deadly virus ravage the world while trying to figure out how to make money, get groceries, stay connected, stay safe and stay apart. Living through this historic time has prepared you for theatre, art and life on the other side of the pandemic; a life filled with unlimited opportunity, endless uncertainty, tremendous highs, and devastating lows – Welcome to showbusiness.
4. What is the best piece of career advice you have ever received?
There are easier ways to make a living but nothing as exciting as a career in theater.
5. Please share one of your toughest challenges in your career. How did you overcome?
My business partner is my life partner, we are married with children, and pets. Living and sleeping with a business partner means there is no escape unless you build in safe words and places around the apartment.
6. What is your favorite musical or play?
I can’t pick a favorite.
7. What is your morning routine?
Quick workout, breakfast, hit the computer.
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9. What is a phrase you are known for saying?
10. Any tips for balancing work and parenting?
My career and parenting has been more teeterboard than balancing act. My career highs are parenting lows and vice versa. Luckily, my husband is on the other side of the figurative teeterboard with his own set of business and parenting skills.
11. What advice would you give to other women in the industry?
Find a mentor and be a mentor.
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