International Women’s Day is here and sometimes the most creative people are actually behind the scenes. That’s definitely the case for these five women. From songwriting to directing, these ladies might not be on camera but they’re definitely making moves and are Women to Watch in 2021.
In honor of International Women’s Day, we’ve compiled a list of women in the entertainment industry that you need to know.
Music Video Director
Rebekah Bird is a creative unlike any other. Maybe you don’t recognize her name at first, but you’ve definitely seen her work. As a music video director, she’s a frequent collaborator of Rebecca Garton, and her projects are vibrant and inspiring. Recently, Bird has branched out from just music videos, entering the world of fashion and shooting her first fashion film for Dirrty Store’s SS21 collection. Another thing that sets Bird apart is her willingness to share her journey and the overall process of being a director, all of which she shares on her YouTube channel.
Don’t know Danika Magdelena? Now’s the time to look into her. Magdalena’s photography is fascinating – from shooting Drake on tour to her work with Nike, she has an incredibly diverse portfolio. At just 24, she’s already Maya Jama’s go-to photographer. And did we mention she’s also shot for British Vogue? It’s no wonder Magdelena has gotten such gigs. Her photoshoots are captivating, perfectly capturing creatives and celebs. Even cooler? She’s an analogue devotee, refusing to shoot digitally.
Music promos, short films, editorials…Art Director Lottie Toon can (and does) do it all. Though based in London, Toon grew up in London, Portugal, and Scotland, and it’s interesting to see how those locations may have inspired and influenced her. Through set design, she creates what she describes as “thoughtful and nuanced storytelling.” Where her work truly shines is when she is able to explore the body, movement, and identity through her art.
At just 17 years old, CeeBeaats had already co-produced a Silver-certified track. What makes her even more of a success story? She is completely self-taught. CeeBeaats is getting more notoriety as the producer behind ellesse’s SS21 collection. For this “court couture” collaboration, CeeBeaats challenged herself to fuse her usual Afrobeats style with samples of tennis sounds. While this might seem like a difficult task, the producer more than excelled, and it will be interesting to hear what else she has in store for us in 2021.
Do you keep track of the songwriters on your favorite tracks? If you do, chances are you’ve heard of Kamille. If you haven’t…well, maybe it’s time you start. Kamille is the songwriter behind 17 Top 20 UK hits, including 5 number ones and the recipient of a BRIT Award. “Shoutout to My Ex” by Little Mix and Mabel’s “Don’t Call Me Up” are just two samples of her extensive repertoire. Besides writing for others, she’s an artist in her own right: her latest track, “AYO,” is out now. Kamille is also the proud co-owner of a music studio, London’s Saint Studios.
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