Meet the her words team - Felicia Smith

 Image by Bonita Carzino - @bonitarenataa

Image by Bonita Carzino - @bonitarenataa

The work we do at her words wouldn’t be possible without an amazing team of creatives. Every month we are shining the spotlight on one of our collaborators to find out about what they do, why they believe in feminism, and what they’re obsessed with at the moment. This month we are talking with one of our cinematographers, the brilliant Felicia Smith!

Star sign: Libra

Currently eating: a clementine mandarin

Currently listening to: Magnificent (she says) by Elbow

Currently watching/reading: The Fall Season 2

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Hi, I’m Felicia and I am in my mid 20s. I’m a director of photography looking to move my way into the commercial world. I have a huge soft spot for binge-watching TV series, curled up on the couch with my long doggo (Lila the greyhound).

What has been your role at her words? How would you describe what you do?

For her words I help out by filling in on days where the wonderful Amy Dellar couldn’t be in attendance. My role consisted of maintaining the style of the series for Amy while she was gone.

What other work do you do? How can people find out more about you and follow your work and talents?

I shoot commercial content, music videos and short films and also have a little YouTube channel where I upload weekly videos about filmmaking! You can view my work at www.felicia-smith.com or on social media @feliciacine

Why do you believe it’s important to share women’s stories? What does her words mean to you?

Because other women, especially younger women, need role models. They need to know that there are people out there like them doing what they want to be doing, or aspire to be doing.

What does feminism mean to you? Is it something you’ve always felt aligned with or did you identify with it later in life?

I don’t think I really identified with it until maybe my early 20s. It was never really a fore-thought. But then as you start to make your way through your early 20s, as you’re building a career and just generally being you, you find all these glass barriers that didn’t seem to be there before. And it really hurts to keep hitting those barriers especially when they’re attributed to simply the fact you were born female.

Who are some of the women who’ve inspired you along the way?

Oh such a hard question. Princess Di (such a rebel, love her), J.K Rowling, Eartha Kitt Amanda Tapping, Gillian Anderson... sorry did you say just some?

What do you struggle with most as a woman?

I struggle trying to find my way in this crazy, male dominated industry. It just seems to take me much, much longer to build the same level of contacts, get the same jobs etc as my male counterparts. I am 100% sure other women feel the same.

What are you most proud of?

I am most proud of the sheer amount of amazing women and non-binary individuals I have been able to work with in this industry. Those sets have been the most comfortable, and the most wonderful experiences. I remember being on my first all-female shoot and at the end of the day we all stopped, looked at each other and realised... We had the best time, there were no arguments, we just got things done and we got them done well. What a good day that was!

What’s one thing you believe each person could do to contribute to greater equality in Australia and beyond?

I think each person could just treat everyone in the same manner. Not making some assumption based on gender. For instance, “They can’t lift that, they’re a woman. I’m going to go lift it for them” I’ll let you know if I need help, thanks. That one gets me every time.

What are you looking forward to right now?

More her words!

Domini Marshall