Unlike many women who might leave a career to start a family, I began my career change after having a family. Returning to up-skill at university soon after my last child was born, I had anticipated being fully ready for career progression by the time all were in school.
Meanwhile, aside from my own personal commitment, I had also been the recipient of a number of funding grants for short films amounting to over $220,000 in government investment in my career.
From there I have made one feature film and been involved in six television productions since starting a career as a director in film and TV 24 years ago. This is not only a very small return for a 24-year commitment for myself, but a very small return on government investment in a career that could have kept progressing.
I never left the country to work overseas and remain as capable and eager to work as many of my fellow directors. On the last project I was the start up director, directing three out of six episodes. The show won Logie and ACCTA awards for best TV film or series.
I have never come in over budget or over time. I have won best directing nods for five of my projects. In the subsequent five years I have not been able to find any work at all.
What then is stopping my career progression?