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Conversations with the Inspiring Emily Skye

Today we’d like to introduce you to Emily Skye.

Emily, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I am an American Screenwriter/Director/Producer for the last decade. I began my career at 17 after being scouted by Wilhelmina Models. While working on films and television shows, I discovered my passion for directing was greater than modeling. Soon after I convinced a few hip-hop artists to let me film/direct their music videos that turned into winning music video directing awards at festivals.

A few years after I then ventured into narrative supernatural, sci-fi fantasy feature films and TV series dramas. I have my first feature in Marvel’s Agent Carter season two declassified book which was released September 28th, 2016.

After feeling burnt out from a TV series I worked on for 6 years, I took a break from the film world for a year to work in TECH/VR which led me to working with NASA space Apps encouraging women to come to hackathons and I spoke about storytelling. This was held in Pasadena CA!

My calling came back and the idea formed from the disappointment from a TV series I adapted from a best selling YA book series, I decided to take my what was like a failure in my eyes and turned it into a dramady. I wrapped the dramady pilot June 2018 called “The Erectors” which I wrote and Directed based on true events in my life and my producing partner.

After wrapping the dramady I immediately jumped into pre-production on ‘Binders Stash’ the traveling whiskey Docuseries! Think Anthony Bourdain meets whiskey! We began filming August 26th, 2018 and just wrapped Nov 8th, 2018 closing out 10 weeks of filming! I thought “Whiskey” had a story worth sharing.

Even though I’m extremely busy, I felt the need to vlog to bring together women in film, #femalefilmmakers to share their journeys to help encourage other women to know they are not alone, to see the struggles and know it is possible! The vlog has all women in all stages of career and backgrounds.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It’s been extremely challenging as a women in the film industry. It’s extremely challenging Woman or man, but the constant feeling of having to prove myself as a woman, I think is a bit more frustrating. I would have a great meeting at a studio, then be asked out on a date immediately after, that was pretty infuriating. There I was pitching my show and they didn’t even hear me I felt. The empty promises and learning who to trust. With maturity, I have learned I do not owe anyone anything or need to prove my worth, I know my worth.

I want Women to know you can do this, work hard, create your own projects to make your own path, most importantly you’re not alone. No one will hand you anything. Make your own way and just create.

There is no such thing as failure as long as you try!

What should we know about Shewolffilms? What do you do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I love creating projects out of nothing. To get an idea, grow it and watch it come to life. Something magical about writing and watching actors breathe life into characters. Being a director, help guide the actors to places they didn’t explore yet and watching them blossom. I love the whole process of filmmaking. Writing, directing, creative producing and even doing my own camera work as well. There’s nothing better in my eyes than making worlds come alive! To see the audience react to what was created. Nothing else, I rather be doing!

What do you feel are the biggest barriers today to female leadership, in your industry or generally?
I would say financing, being taken serious is still a barrier, however, I feel that we are finally getting a chance to shine. To be trusted with money. It has been a challenge for me these past 15 years to be taken seriously, but now, we are coming together and showing the world we have a voice and a vision. Patty Jenkins is proof of the change! It’s slow, but the change is here!

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Bill Binder @billbinderIII, Vendome Copper

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