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I feel as though I have unearthed a grand nuance after experiencing an adrenaline rush resulting from the unbelievable resemblance between the Daria Morgendorffer-Jane Lane duo and the Meredith Grey-Cristina Yang pair. The resemblance—this superficial ethnicity parallel so obvious in the white girl protagonist-Asian girl sidekick dynamic—is reinforced by similar emotional BFF connections that the girls share. They’re cynical yet powerful teams, up against societal nonsense in the form of pop culture catastrophe and relationship dysfunction.
Daria, appropriately monotone in her extreme articulate thinking, continually snips at her foe with witty, often-missed quips that our modern Meredith Grey likely stews with in her more depressed episodes. Daria practically dunces her sister, Quinn, in one particular instance, responding, “Sometimes your shallowness is so thorough, it’s almost like depth.”
Before I delve into a full analytic comparison of the characters, their dynamic, and what their independent presences could imply, I’ll share what exactly prompted my unexpected Daria deviation.
Amy Palmer, powerwoman extraordinaire, has more than made her way through the network television circuits, creating sparks and leaving treasured embers wherever she goes. She was one of the brains on board for Daria’s MTV hit series, an animated show that did phenomenally well and subtly enacted women’s power in using intellect unapologetically. In reading the following Q&A, I want to suggest assuming the mindset of Amy Palmer’s intelligent, talented, and able counterpart such that you too are empowered as a confident and self-assured individual. Heighten your esteem, value yourself, and better benefit from your entrepreneurial peer’s exciting endeavors:
So now you’re an accomplished woman entrepreneur making moves and extending yourself further than ever, but where did Amy Palmer begin her career? Give us the Amy Palmer background brief –
I started my career in television – at MTV, specifically. I worked on an animated show called Daria (which was a spin off of Beavis & Butthead) and from there worked on just about every show at the network. I produced everything from the MTV Beach House to TRL to a show called MTV Hits. I also produced shows at VH1 & MSNBC. I made the leap to in front of the camera at Plum TV in the Hamptons where I reported on entertainment events. From there I landed at NYCTV, where I produced, created and hosted New York 360* which was an entertainment show in New York City. We covered everything New York – from music, fashion, music, film, theatre, technology and everything in between. We also picked up a few Emmy nominations along the way! I now appear on national and local television talking pop culture and entertainment trends. You can catch me on The Insider, MSNBC, FOX, ABC News Now, The Early Show, Headline News and many other media outlets.
Is this an innate entrepreneurial spirit you have, or has it developed out of business experiences? Inspiration?
The television business is by nature a very inconsistent business – everything is subjective from show ideas to on air talent to creativity. After being in this business for 13 years, I wanted to create a company and platform where I could hone in on all the skills I have been fortunate enough to develop over the years. I really like the Ryan Seacrest model – he’s on-air, but he owns a production company and creates shows for other people. It’s the best of both worlds plus you are diversifying which makes you more valuable in the long run. I also learned a lot about leadership from both the very best bosses I’ve had to the not so great bosses I’ve had — I wanted to create a company based on what I’ve learned and create a culture that lifts people up and lets them be their best.
How do you think being a woman has helped and/or hurt you as an entrepreneur?
I think it’s helped me as women can multi-task like no one’s business. I find myself involved with multiple projects on a daily basis and to be honest, I wouldn’t have it any other way. I think the challenge comes in when you have a family – it’s about balance, but from what I have learned from interviewing so many “powerwomen” that really doesn’t exist! I also think as women we have strong instincts — and I have learned to really trust mine.
How did you find yourself in the webisode world? What exactly is your background in the television scene and has it helped you in this online we cast arena?
Being a producer for over ten years has really helped me with PowerwomenTV. I have always produced very ADD television — I get bored very easily so all of my shows have always been quick paced which is what you have to do on the web. No one has time to watch a full interview these days because there are millions of other choices! With PowerwomenTV, you will have a choice to watch the full show or just snippets. I also spent a lot of time branding my show – the look, feel, tone. I learned that from creating shows in the past and seeing what has worked and what hasn’t. I wanted to put PowerwomenTV on the web because after working for networks, I knew that I wanted a product that was based solely on my instincts … I’m a big believer in the less cooks in the kitchen the better.
What is your ultimate vision and goal for PowerWomenTV? Who are you trying to reach and what do you want the series to be known as?
It’s a series about inspiration and understanding that while the series is called PowerwomenTV – everyone has had their challenges. Its very truthful as we talk candidly about what it takes to “have it all” — and by the way, “having it all” is different for everyone. The series is for people who want to live their best lives – whether it’s through business or not. It’s a comprehensive look at today’s woman and what we are going through which is very different than most generations before us… because we have had so many choices sometimes that leads us down unexpected roads.
Business model-wise, where does the money come from in producing a web series?
There is an advertising model plus several others that I can’t reveal yet as we haven’t yet launched!
Based on your interactions, have people really bought into the idea of watching on the web just yet?
Absolutely – and it’s only going to grow even bigger.
What have you found to be the biggest barriers to entry or road blockers in getting your series going?
For me it was about having the right team behind me – which is challenging when you are boot strapping the series. I have high standards as I come from network TV, so I had to find the right editor, producer, pa etc who understood the vision and could work within my budget. My next venture will be a lot easier because I have my team in place now!
In anticipation of such road blockers, how would you better prepare for next time? Could you prepare? Advice, please!
In some cases, I didn’t trust my instincts and that’s when I had to back pedal. I would say really trust your instincts – if a person or company doesn’t feel like the right fit – they aren’t.
Give us Amy’s top three business tips
Top three business tips:
1) Always maintain your integrity – be a rock when situations seem out of control. There is always a solution.
2) Surround yourself with like-minded individuals – and that goes for both business and personal life. Don’t launch a product that is just so-so.
3) Make it the best it can be – some people rush to launch something and think they can make it better as they go. It’s better to make a big splash and take your time.
And as for Daria’s words of wisdom (I find them to be relevant and inspired ;D):
“Stand firm for what you believe in, until and unless logic and experience prove you wrong; remember, when the emperor looks naked, the emperor is naked; the truth and a lie are not “sort of the same thing”; and there is no aspect, no facet, no moment of life that can’t be improved with pizza.”
She speaks the truth. And may I just throw in an unwarranted recommendation for Ovest Pizzoteca’s TARTUFATA ai 4 FORMAGGI Four Cheeses, truffle pate, basil ($11 for the 8 inch). Truffle-anything is the way to a pizza-loving elegant little piggy’s heart ❤
But as for the simply MARVELOUS giveaway, I present to you the chance to win:
The most real, realist reality TV experience you could have. Accompany powerwoman Amy Palmer on a shoot this fall, experiencing first hand the energy of women entrepreneurs at work. It’s a chance to learn the insider ingredients involved in producing a genuine product.
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Yup, 1-2-3. It’s really that easy. 😀 Winner to be announced Tuesday, July 27.
as for last week’s WINNERS:
Congratulations, firstname.lastname@example.org on winning a chosen piece of Vanessa Coppes’ EnV jewelry designs!
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…we’ll be in touch soon! 😀