Career Counciling for Women in the Arts: Rebecca Lawrence and Louise Tate

Interviews with women about their career working in the arts, part of a series of short documentaries. This tape features interviews with Rebecca Lawrence of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and Louise Tate of the Massachusetts Council for the Arts and Humanities.

00:05Copy video clip URL Title card: Career Counciling for Women in the Arts. A women and career options project. By Pat Lehman, 1975. Funded by the CARNEGIE FOUNDATION. Rebecca Lawrence, Associate Producer / Television & Film, Boston Museum of Fine Arts. 

00:38Copy video clip URL Lawrence introduces herself and explains her background, while driving her car. She was interested in art but didn’t want to be an academic. Her experience teaching children, which trained her to use plain, comprehensible language to describe complicated art historical concepts. 

03:02Copy video clip URL Productions she’s led at the Museum of Fine Arts, including recent videotapes. She explains that they are heading to Channel 2, where they will be mixing TV spots from the museum. 

04:06Copy video clip URL The mixing studio at Channel 2. Doing the sound mix for a one-minute TV spot. 

08:39Copy video clip URL Lawrence lays out slides to be used in a TV spot on a light table. She discusses her selection process and preparing for or obtaining a job like hers. 

11:50Copy video clip URL Title card: Career Counciling for Women in the Arts. A women and career options project. By Pat Lehman, 1975. Funded by the CARNEGIE FOUNDATION. Louise Tate, Director / Massachusetts Council for the Arts and Humanities. 

12:08Copy video clip URL Tate discusses the centrality of luck  and of contacts to anyone getting a job in the arts. She talks about her education and her employment history. After trying to find jobs, she volunteered at Channel 2 and then eventually obtained a job as a secretary and then worked her way up to the role of producer. There was only one other woman producer at the time, and she mentored Tate. 

15:35Copy video clip URL Getting a job at the Council for the Arts as it was getting started. The amount of preparation and hard work needed to “make certain situations open for you” in your employment. Needing to go beyond and outside of your training in college. Not believing in the utility of arts administration courses. 

19:10Copy video clip URL Useful (but not essential) educational and employment backgrounds for arts administration. Advice on taking any job related to your interests as a way of leading to a more desirable job. 

21:50Copy video clip URL Assumptions made by young people about careers in the arts. 

22:15Copy video clip URL Discrimination she’s experienced. Thinking that sexism is broadly much less of a problem than it was when she was young. The arts being a good industry for women. The paucity of women on governance boards. 

24:55Copy video clip URL Not being afraid of low level jobs. The importance of that experience for yourself and for impressing others. The need for a broad base of knowledge in TV and arts jobs. 

28:35Copy video clip URL Learning to prioritize properly. 

29:15Copy video clip URL Not needing advanced graduate studies for arts administration unless you wish to be a curator with a specific specialization. Needing to be open to a wide range of employment possibilities. 

31: 15 The usefulness of employment in the commercial world even if you wish to work as an artist or in arts administration. 

32:35Copy video clip URL End title card. 




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