Entrepreneurship can be a challenging landscape to navigate, especially for women. This is especially true in male-dominated industries, such as audio engineering. In fact, according to the Audio Engineering Society, women only make up 5-7% of audio engineers. With such a small amount of women trying to make it in audio, we must stick together and know our worth! Let’s look at some tips from successful women in the audio industry on conquering gender imbalance without sacrificing who you are.
Know Your Worth
To start, one of the best things you can do for yourself is to know your worth. When you’re working in a male-dominated space, you can become invisible. You must make yourself visible and heard! If someone isn’t listening to you, that doesn’t mean your opinions and ideas aren’t valid. Stick up for yourself, and make sure you are heard.
Imposter syndrome is something that holds a lot of women back. During a recent interview, Jrumz founder, Dr. Lana Joseph-Ford had some great insight. Dr. Joseph-Ford mentioned that less than 3% of women founders receive capital venture funds, and less than 1% of black women receive one million dollars or more. While this information is disheartening, there are programs out there ready to change the game. This is why knowing your worth is so important. There are people out there who want to help you!
Be Willing to Adapt
When you’re an entrepreneur, you never know what each day will bring. You have to be ready to adapt to changes coming your way that you weren’t expecting. It’s important to stay informed on up-and-coming trends in the industry and be well-versed. That way, when new challenges come your way you’re already ready to tackle them.
The world of audio engineering is ever-changing. Stay on top of trends and developing technology so when your male counterparts try to one-up you, you’re ready to go. As women, we tend to be overlooked in conversations when men are involved. Since audio is such a male-dominated world, you’ve got to make sure you are knowledgeable and firm on the information.
When you’re building a business from the ground up, patience is key. In an episode of our podcast, Tavia Osbey discussed patience when you’re an entrepreneur. When you’re starting a business, it can be easy to sit there wishing everything would happen overnight. The thing is that when you’re starting from scratch, it typically takes more time to see the results. Being patient and sticking to it will be rewarding in the end.
To sum it up, being a woman in the audio industry isn’t easy. You can and will have to work harder than your male counterparts, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be worth it. At Jrumz, we know how challenging it is, but if you work hard at it, being a woman in the audio space is totally worth it.