Esther Pearl is on stage at Pandora HQ joking with the audience after being asked, “Do you treat your students [at Camp Reel Stories] any differently?” She reiterates her talk’s message through a story where a girl had been crying for 45 minutes in the bathroom over her project, she walked up the stall and said, “You have ten minutes of my time.” To Esther, Camp Reel Stories is not about creating a therapy session, it’s about building an environment for young women to fail and grow in an industry that historically favors men.
Failure to represent women in media leads to a vacuum of leadership throughout our society.
After getting her M.B.A. at The Presidio Graduate School in Sustainable Management, Esther realized glaring gap in the media industry, mainly the gender gap. Despite greater social awareness of gender inequality, entertainment was still a majority male-dominated industry where comedies and dramas alike were written by men and starred men. Esther decided to launch Camp Reel Stories, a non-profit summer camp for girls aged 12-18 created to inspire them to create their own media.
The media is a mirror of our society and right now, it’s a really twisted carnival mirror.
Interested in her talk? Check out the full version above. The blog above is an abridged synopsis of the event. You can read the full story here at CreativeMornings. For more information about Camp Reel Stories please visit their site here. Forty percent of their campers receive financial aid, so don’t let your wallet keep you from learning about Camp Reel’s opportunities.