Brodie Lancaster, Writer

We couldn't be more excited to share Brodie Lancaster's interview. Except when we remember that we get to hang out with her in two short weeks at the inaugural Make Nice – then we basically burst! Brodie has put together some very inspiring, thoughtful and hilarious responses for us – read below to get a taste of how amazing she is and why we are so keen to have her as one of our speakers.   

Hi Brodie, What do you do?

I’m an editor at a writing studio called The Good Copy, I make a zine called Filmme Fatales, I am a freelance writer and contributor to a few different websites and publications, and right now I’m answering these questions to procrastinate from working on my first book.

Do you have a maxim that you live and work by?

I’m not really one for inspirational quotes usually, but I kind of steal other people’s motivating phrases when I need a little reminder. Right now I’m thinking about ones that remind me to focus on ability and process—things that feel achievable when the idea of my to-do list feels overwhelming. Specifically, I’m really feeling Gina Rodriguez’s Golden Globes speech where she says her dad always told her to tell herself every morning, “I can and I will”.

Also, on last night’s Game of Thrones, Daenerys told her Dothraki captors, “You are small men. None of you are fit to lead the Dothraki. But I am. So I will.” Earlier in the episode, Sansa is trying to get Jon Snow out of his moody manbun sulk and motivate him to lead a charge on their home and take it back from the guy who held her prisoner and tortured her. And girl. Stepped. Up. “If you don’t take back the North, we’ll never be safe. I want you to help me, but I’ll do it myself if I have to.” So right now my maxim(s) are a combination of those three women willing themselves to get shit done.

What are the three milestones that have led you to where you stand?

1). moving to New York City for my first full-time job when I was 21.

2). starting Filmme Fatales, motivated by both the lack of feminist and non-academic conversations about cinema and my lack of creative output since leaving that full-time job and moving back to Melbourne.

3). a year since I started Filmme Fatales, I had breakfast with Penny Modra (a hero of mine since I was 16) where she offered me a job at her new business, The Good Copy. That night, I was having a goodbye dinner with my friend Tavi Gevinson, before she flew home to Chicago, and after telling her about my new job she asked me to join the staff of Rookie. Everything has spiralled from those things.

Do you have a supportive female network in your field? Was it always this way?

It wasn’t always this way, but I am really lucky to have really specific and supporting groups of friends all over the world. I have close friends and colleagues here in Melbourne I can turn to, and I have a group of other writers who I talk to every day on Facebook Messenger, and I have a Facebook group of other people who want to talk about Kanye West.

What are you listening to and/or reading that is inspiring or entertaining you?

I’ve just got up to date with Jane the Virgin, have been reading Chris Kraus’s I Love Dick and Melissa Broder’s So Sad Today, and am listening to Chance the Rapper’s Coloring Book and all the new podcasts coming out of the MTV Podcast Network.

What is your dream project?

A film I can write and direct. Or a cultural event I can program. Or a cinema I can run with a bar and a live music space. Or a really fertile garden bed in the country somewhere with good wi-fi.

What projects do you have in the pipeline?

My book! That’s the big one. It’s called No Way. Okay, Fine! and it’s going to be out in just over a year with Hachette. First, though, I need to finish writing it.

If you could choose to hear any female contemporary present at Make Nice, who would it be and why?

Doreen St Felix or Danielle Henderson or Laura Snapes or Minna Gilligan.

What is the best advice you’ve been given, or wish you had been told sooner?

I am very hard on myself when I take ~rest days~ and don’t work when I should. A friend recently told me that I can’t do good work if I don’t feel good first, and taking that time out is nothing to feel guilty for. I wish I’d heard that three years ago when I was burning out on the reg.
 

What is one facet of your field that you want to see change?

I’d like for women to be socialised to speak up and ask for what they want and need, rather than being told to pipe down and be nice and agreeable. I also would love to see the awkwardness be removed from conversations around money to gain both transparency around what people make in our industries and the confidence to negotiate for what we need. I think the two go hand-in-hand.

How can we find our more about your work?

You can hear about my thoughts on work, Harry Styles and Sansa Stark by following me on Twitter @brodielancaster and read my work on my website, which is brodielancaster.com

Join Brodie in Sydney here.