Do you ever feel outnumbered in your industry? Ever been told, “You’re good, for a girl…?”
Ever felt like you had to compromise on your values to make it in your industry, especially if you work in a male dominated field?
I often get questions about how to navigate this kind of thing, and while I’d love to speak into it on my own, I thought it’d be fun to bring in someone who has truly had to learn how to master this as she pursued her creative dreams.
Jen Ledger is the drummer for a band you may have heard of called Skillet.
And let me tell you, she’s not just a rockstar on stage but also off the stage. A female drummer isn’t something you hear about everyday (although Jen did say that it is becoming something more and more women are finding success in) and I absolutely loved learning from her while we talked.
She shared her perspective on how to handle being a female in a male dominated field, opened up about experiences she’s had (both positive and not so positive), and provided so many strong takeaways for women wanting to pursue a dream but terrified to actually go for it – especially if it’s not something many other women have pursued before.
Specifically, Jen teaches us some solid lessons including but not limited to:
- Ways to navigate a male dominated space with class, character, and dignity
- Why trying and not getting the result we wanted is better than the regret of not taking a step of faith toward what God has called us to do — even if it’s outside of our comfort zone
- How to be a person of conviction and not compromise on our values, even if that means less attention or popularity
- What it actually means to stand for what you believe
….and so much more!
This conversation was SO rich, so full of wisdom, truth-bombs, and practical ways to remain true to who you are even when you feel the pressure to be someone you’re not.
Make sure to tune in and soak up all the goodness!
Now, I want to hear from you! Do you work in a male-dominated field or feel outnumbered in your industry? What benefits and challenges have you experienced? Drop a comment below!