An Interview With Erin Bagwell, Director of Dream, Girl

Hello, lovelies.

You may remember that a few months ago, I attended a screening of Dream, Girl with The Rhyze Project and other incredible local women. We all loaded up on to a school bus and road-tripped to a different town to see the film, and it was SO worth it. Dream, Girl is a documentary showcasing the stories of inspiring and ambitious female entrepreneurs.

If you can find a Dream, Girl screening in your area, I highly recommend you go see it. This film is beautifully made, and showcases female entrepreneurs in such a well-rounded and REAL way. Erin Bagwell and producer, Komal Minhas, were also featured in Oprah’s SuperSoul 100. Oprah knows what’s up. I knew as soon as the film ended that I wanted to interview Erin Bagwell, as part of the Local Ladies. In this interview, we talk about her ENTIRELY female crew, the importance of self-care, and the power of vulnerability.

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Erin Bagwell (right) and Joanne Wilson (left).

K: The most exciting this I came across while researching for this interview was that you hired an ALL female crew for this film. That’s incredible! How did it feel to work on an all-female set?

E: Mary Perrino, Francesca Kustra, Victoria Ng, Sharon Mashihi and Daisy Zhou were such an amazing team of talent, and really elevated the power of this film. Whenever the female entrepreneurs would come on set, they were blown away by the heart and professionalism of this dynamic and it really created an uplifting energy before the interviews even began. We burned incense, had dance parties, and ate lunch (thai and sushi from seamless) everyday on the floor of our set together. It was a really fabulous and magic experience to work with these amazing women.

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Clara Villarosa and crew on set.

K: There’s a huge lack of female filmmakers being recognized out there, especially in the big Hollywood productions. What steps can we take to fix this?

E: I think as women we need to own the power of our purse by supporting and spending money on products and media made by women. Once that purchasing power kicks in, the world will shift and be forced to recognize the power of the female economy, and in turn will give more women the opportunity to share their stories and start their own businesses.

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Dream, Girl has also started the Dream, Girl Fund to help connect female filmmakers and entrepreneurs with the investment capital they need to create their companies/films.

K: In the film, there a small scene about self-care and how as a woman running a business that can get pushed to the side. What self-care rituals or habits do you have?

E: I think the biggest lesson I have learned about with self-care is to try to identify it before the crazy burn-out starts. We need to be hyper aware of our energy and the rest our bodies need, and take it slow before and after big events or project launches. Recognizing the need for rest before something big happens might feel crazy at first, but it’s a great way to make sure you have all that extra energy stored up so you can crush whatever it is you are working on. But I think self-care is a work in progress, and we need to be constantly thinking about it, and making time for it.

K: In the film, a lot of the women spoke about vulnerability and how opening up and asking for help has to power to do great things for you and your business. But becoming vulnerable is definitely not a COMFORTABLE experience. How did being vulnerable play a role in creating Dream, Girl?

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Erin Bagwell (left) and Komal Minhas (right).

E: Being vulnerable is definitely not a comfortable experience, but I think that’s why it breeds a certain power because it’s allowing yourself the space to be brutally honest about what you want even if you feel like your heart is exposed. I definitely felt vulnerable sharing the mission of the film, in asking for help to produce it, and for pitching investors to make it- but in all those experiences I had to just embrace it, and find comfort in the discomfort. There is nothing better in the world than sharing your soul with someone, opening up and having them fully see and support you. It makes the awkward insecurities, and being overlooked feel like a blimp on the radar of your journey because igniting this vulnerable power is what it’s really about. There is nothing better in the world than being fully seen and recognized by your tribe, and your people. So break open, and be as vulnerable as possible with your dreams. You have everything to gain by doing so.


Thank you again to Erin for being a part of this series and taking the time to answer these questions. To learn more about Dream, Girl, head over to their website.

If you enjoyed this interview, share it with a friend! And don’t forget to give a shout out to an amazing local lady YOU know using the #LocalLadies hashtag as well. This series is for everyone, so let’s spread a little girl power. 

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