Welcome to Project Fabulous Femme! Once or twice a month, I'll introduce you to a Fabulous Femme who's inspired me. I invite them to share their perspectives on being a modern woman and other vital corps topics. Please be kind, curious, and open-minded.
After meeting Julie through my husband, Craig, I was completely struck by how she has been paving the way for women in the business of rock & roll. Professionally, she's balancing the demands of being the VP of Promotion at Blackheart Records Group and Artist Manager for Antigone Rising. To me, her hustle, pluck and longevity in a time & an industry known for chewing up and spitting out its female executives and artists is seriously inspiring. Oh, did I mention that she did this as a working wife and mom? Yup, this is why Julie Rader is a fabulous femme. When she's not traveling the world (like below in Ho Chi Minh City with Antigone Rising), you'll find her bouncing between NYC and Greenfield, MA.
Q + A
How would you define being a modern woman in 2015? Being a modern woman today means being smart, empathetic, and involved. It means understanding that about 30 years ago we had very few rights...that these rights were not unalienable rights. I was part of the generation that fought for these rights when we were young. It's been less than 100 years since women got the vote. We can't be blasé about our political responsibilities. We are losing rights over our bodies in every state in the Union every day. Some states are making voting harder for women. Being a modern woman means paying attention and not letting legislature move us backwards in time.
What would you like to see modern women give more of a shit about? Our personal freedoms, meaning over our bodies, which should only be our personal business. And equal pay.
Conversely, what would you like see modern women give less of a shit about? We should care less about Hillary's email, which is a contrived, distracting, faux-scandal, and less about the media that beats the drum so incessantly about it. We should also care less about extreme positions on either side of an argument and find ways to compromise, find solutions that work, and heal.
How does creativity show up in your life? How do you nourish or stimulate your creativity when you’re not feeling it? Creativity is very music-driven for me. Music inspires me, motivates me, soothes me, adrenalizes me, entertains me, causes nostalgia, etc. It is an essential force in many ways.
What kind of relationship are you having with your smartphone or laptop (or other go-to device)? What’s that relationship look like? I love all my devices, and I've decided not to beat myself up about it. I love being in touch with people and on top of things at work and in the world. I enjoy the headlines I get from my Twitter feed, which give me a sense of what's going on. If there's an issue that interests me, I can go deeper. I generally avoid trending feeds, comment sections and other places for people to hate and be negative. But input from legitimate smart people & places give me a fuller sense of life in general....what's wrong in the world, what's possible, what needs my help, and what I should be aware of. On Instagram, I get to share the lives of the people I care about without seeming to hover over them. I would say, in general, my smartphone, my laptop, my iPad, they all enhance my life and bring the world to me. But just as important to know is when it's not okay to use these devices. I have dinner table manners and theater manners.
Do you predominantly make decisions with your heart, smarts or guts? What’s the process look like for you? All three, but at different times. In a creative business like music, your gut feeling is very important, and you have to learn to trust yourself. Creativity is so subjective...but a gut feeling can be the difference between success and failure. Sometimes in a creative business, you can fall in love with the thing that the artist has created, and you may think to yourself "If I love it, other people will too." Or you know how hard the artist has worked, and you admire their effort so much and feel connected in a way that influences your decision. Finally, your smarts are crucial, because every decision has to be executed in a certain way to succeed. So, you have to be smart.
Who’s a fabulous femme inspiring you? What makes her so fab? A couple of brilliant women come immediately to mind - Katharine Hepburn and Carole King. Each of them is representative of the best of their generation’s movies and music. They moved the world forward in awareness of women's rights and abilities in male-dominated industries. Each of them maintained the highest level of integrity while at the top of their art forms all throughout their careers. They both reflect the times of a changing America through the arc of their careers. Rather than me go on about it, I would recommend that you read biographies of each of these women. You will feel enlightened, encouraged...and just better about life. [KS note: A Katharine auto-bio and a Carole auto-bio for your reading pleasure.]
If another woman wants to connect with you, how would you prefer that happens? Email is best - ARMgmt@comcast.net (for Antigone Rising) or Julie@Blackheart.com (for Blackheart Records).
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