My Cousin Drew, the Film and Television Mogul!

On set: Drew Ann Rosenberg

Drew Ann Rosenberg with Sex and a Girl cast members Angela Gots, Soleil Moon Frye, Alison Lohman and Lisa Brenner

Last night, as I watched the new show, Young Sheldon, on CBS, my heart filled with pride! Because my cousin Drew is one of two First-Assistant Directors on the show, who alternates running the set. I have always been proud of my cousin Drew and the tremendous work she has done to forge the way for women working in a male-dominated profession. With television, Drew explained that there is more of an opportunity for community, more connection as a family, and more women. And more of Drew! This is a very good thing. Several years ago I wrote this feature about my cousin Drew on TFIO. It seems like the right moment to share it again …

Drew Ann Rosenberg is a woman working in a male-dominated profession. She is in a unique position to lead the way for other women and inspire both women and men. Her fashion sense is thoughtful; as Drew puts it, she follows “a studied casualness.” In other words, every decision that Drew makes has purpose and consequence. Drew is a dynamic force: strong, confident, talented, beautiful, a leader, a creative visionary, and incredibly warm and loving. And I know, too, because Drew Ann Rosenberg happens to be – my cousin!

MKG: I remember growing up, you always had your distinctive look – completely you. A little boho-chic. Casual, but always cool. You are my younger cousin, but I looked up to you! Has your style changed over time? How would you describe it?

Drew: I would say that’s pretty much it now. The work I do is very physical; I am on my feet all day long, there is a lot of heavy equipment, lights, people moving, sometimes in tight spaces. I love to come up with something unique to wear with low-impact financially, in case it gets destroyed. That’s why I love to shop at used-clothing stores because I can find funky things at reasonable prices.

MKG: You are a woman in the film industry, which is uncommon. How does this affect how you choose to dress on set?

Drew: I work in a male-dominated world. And I am in a position of leadership in charge of the filming and the film crew. I am always conscious of that and of my need to look professional at all times. I choose to wear things that aren’t revealing or too tight, and stay away from anything that would distract the guys or cause them to stare. In other words, I need to tone down any sexuality. My goal is to remain attractive and commanding but not seductive.

MKG: Do you feel that clothes have power?

Drew: Absolutely! I think that clothes can express the very essence of who we are. My friends who have young daughters who are coming-of-age, often talk about their concern about the styles today; that their daughters are wearing clothing that expose too much. In my situation, I have to do the opposite. I want my clothes to say: confident and understated. Continue reading

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The Pin and The Message for 2015

My lady bug bee pin, by Joan Rivers, paired with a tee by Missoni (for you, Joan)

“The bee pin has been my signature.”  ~ Joan Rivers

As I move into 2015, I look back at TFIO 2014 for the stories and the messages that meant so much to me. I treasure stories like Ilene Beckerman’s who created the book which later became the play – Love, Loss, and What I Wore – as a way to document the clothes and the moments and memories of her life; like Isabella Rose Taylor who as an artist and a fashion designer at 13 was told she was never too young to dream; like Daniel Silverstein, a New York designer who is 100% committed to creating beautiful clothing with Zero-waste technology; like Pro-Age revolutionary Cindy Joseph who wowed me (again) with her outlook on life and true beauty; like Lisa Curran, a swimsuit designer who never forgets the importance of bringing out the best in a woman’s self esteem, and like my dear cousin Drew Ann Rosenberg, who as a Director and Assistant Director of films and television, is a woman working in a male-dominated profession.

But perhaps the single most important message came from comedian Joan Rivers. On Labor Day we heard that Joan Rivers, one of America’s hardest-workers (forget the fact that she was 80 years old!) was in critical condition following a medical procedure, and finally the news followed that she had passed. To honor Ms. Rivers I wrote about her in a piece I titled, “Joan Rivers: Beeautiful!” As a designer for QVC, Joan Rivers had a signature bee collection as part of her jewelry line. With a name like Melissa, which means bee in Greek, I have collected several of Ms. Rivers’s bee pins. But I never understood why the bee meant so much to her until I heard her tell the story: “The bee pin, for those of you who don’t know, has been my signature. It represents achieving the impossible because the bee absolutely cannot fly, cannot get off the ground, the way it’s built; yet it flies and makes the world beautiful. So it gives you hope … When people say, ‘give up,’ … no, no, no, no, no … don’t give up, up and at ‘em, make the world better.”

That is the message that I carry with me into 2015 and I happily share with youDon’t give up, never give up – even when people say you can’t or you shouldn’t. If you believe in it, do it. Do it. And make the world better for it. The bee somehow finds a way to fly. Joan Rivers did it. And we can, too!

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Fashion and film behind the camera

On set: Drew Ann Rosenberg

On set: Drew Ann Rosenberg

Drew Ann Rosenberg with Sex and a Girl cast members Angela Gots, Soleil Moon Frye, Alison Lohman and Lisa Brenner

Drew Ann Rosenberg with Sex and a Girl cast members Angela Gots, Soleil Moon Frye, Alison Lohman and Lisa Brenner

Director and Assistant Director of films and television, Drew Ann Rosenberg, is a woman working in a male-dominated profession. She is in a unique position to lead the way for other women and inspire both women and men. Her fashion sense is thoughtful; as Drew puts it, she follows “a studied casualness.” In other words, every decision that Drew makes has purpose and consequence. Drew is a dynamic force: strong, confident, talented, beautiful, a leader, a creative visionary, and incredibly warm and loving. And I know, too, because Drew Ann Rosenberg happens to be – my cousin.

I started my conversation by taking us back to my early images of Drew

MKG: I remember growing up, you always had your distinctive look – completely you. A little boho-chic. Casual, but always cool. You are my younger cousin, but I looked up to you! Has your style changed over time? How would you describe it?

Drew: I would say that’s pretty much it now. The work I do is very physical; I am on my feet all day long, there is a lot of heavy equipment, lights, people moving, sometimes in tight spaces. I love to come up with something unique to wear with low-impact financially, in case it gets destroyed. Continue reading

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