Over a year and a half ago, we had the pleasure of watching one of the most inspiring films produced by an all female crew. This film raised over $100k on Kickstarter, premiered at the White House, and was seen at 300+ community screening events worldwide. Dream, Girl is revolutionary in our generation.
Woman-to-woman, we had a chance to chat with Erin Bagwell and Komal Minhas back in November 2016 as they began touring with the film. We learned a lot about their successes and hardships during that conversation – especially as it was a few days after the major presidential elections in the States. More than ever, Erin and Komal were committed to empowering young women around the world to chase after their dreams, to trust themselves, and to fulfill their potential. Since our conversation, the film has been hosted by companies like NASA, Twitter, Google, Target, Goldman Sachs, TIME, Mailchimp, and many more.
Earlier this month, we had another chance to briefly catch up with Erin, director and producer of Dream, Girl, to see how the film is doing as they were preparing for a big launch worldwide. The main focus with this independent film the past couple years was to create an experience, build a community, and spark a movement… which they achieved beyond their dreams. Up until now, the film has only been available to see at private screening events.
What are four pieces of advice / lessons to give to aspiring female entrepreneurs?
- Someone is always willing to help so make sure you have a strong support system in place! Stop over-thinking and get over the fear of asking for help.
- Be prepared to do the tasks that you may not like or be good at. You never know how the future unfolds and where you need to fill the gaps.
- Make sure the member on your team are just as passionate as you are about the mission. They have to be drinking the same Kool-Aid as you are!
- If there is something you are passionate about, take the risk and walk in the direction of the dream.
With movements such as #MeToo and #TIMESUP upending the public conversation about women’s issues globally the past six months, the culture shift has been palpable. The team behind Dream, Girl wants to continue to shine a spotlight on this topic and encourage aspiring female change-makers, activists, and entrepreneurs to take charge of their future.
Now, with the help of 14 ambitious and dedicated student ambassadors around the world who are making waves in their communities, Dream, Girl will be available for everyone to watch online – for free as of May 9th. This is a huge milestone for the Dream, Girl team as the film has truly came a full circle since its inception.
Khushi Kaur from London, Natalia Zigante from Toronto, Gulipairi Maimaiti from Ottawa, Mackenzie Johnson from Calgary, Sharanya Pogaku from New Jersey, Caitlyn Sunstrum from Ottawa, Urmi Jani from New Jersey, Maddy Weiss from Cincinnati, Madison Foran from Ottawa, Sasha Leitner from NYC, Matt Shiels from New Jersey, Sheryl Chen from Brooklyn, Emma Grace Moon from North Carolina, and Olivia Land from NYC.
Get Inspired: Dream, Girl is officially online and available for everyone.
“There is no formula for success. There’s no blueprint to guide you. There’s just a tiny voice, telling you to dream big. Now go listen to it”.
If you are interested in hosting an in-person screening with Erin, the opportunity is still there! Those events will have an emphasis on dialogues about gender equality and inclusivity in the workplace.
For any aspiring directors, producers, and actors who are seeking for some motivating advice when starting out in their careers, Erin has also put together a must-read 21 part series that you must check out. And for those who are a podcast enthusiast – make sure to subscribe every Wednesday for Beaver Talk, a podcast that gives Hollywood unsolicited advice about feminism.
Founded on an ambition of helping girls succeed in becoming their best selves, DiscoverHER Project advocates the right to education for girls and women around the world. We aim to educate, invest, and empower in young women globally by offering a platform with programs, tools, and resources to enable them to succeed.