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.
MKG: Do you think there is a connection between fashion and self esteem?
Drew: I do. Our self esteem influences what we wear on a day-to-day basis, I think. I notice that when I feel down I like to wear more dark colors, and when I dress up a little more I feel better. When I feel vulnerable, I notice that I tend to wear more layers. A protection, perhaps? I pride myself on coming across put together, with a unique look that is all my own. One of the ways I like to express my individuality is through jewelry. I love wearing bold articles of jewelry that stand out, especially bracelets and necklaces. I can’t wear earrings because I use headsets.
MKG: What are some other restrictions in your clothing choices?
Drew: Because the job is so physical there are certain restrictions. I can’t wear skirts or heels. I have to wear jeans or pants with pockets, to hold a walkie and script pages. I need to wear easy shoes that will be comfortable all day long. Crew jackets with our show logo, baseball caps and t-shirts are pretty popular gifts from producers to their crew, so we often wear clothes we have received from other shows and it starts a conversation: “Oh, you did that movie, I loved it, or whatever …” I adore wearing jewelry; it’s a way to express myself within the restrictions. I just finished shooting a four-month show, and the makeup artist, Donna, made each of the women beaded bracelets. She would ask us what our favorites colors to wear were and make us our own special pattern. That’s the way we have fun!
I remember that Drew grew up with a passion for jewelry! She was always expressing herself with bracelets and necklaces, and earrings. And I was always inspired by my cousin’s confidence. It’s nice to know that no matter where we are in life, some things never change!
Photos courtesy of Drew Ann Rosenberg
Story first shared on TFIO in 2014