Managing Editor-Portland Business Journal – Erik Siemers
We asked the winners of the Business Journal’s Women of Influence awards to tell us how they’ve risen to thrive in Portland’s business community.
We’ve been sharing their stories leading up to the event on Thursday.
Juliana Lukasik first got into the film industry thinking she’d be the next great documentary filmmaker. The next Jane Goodall. She has instead stamped her name on the profession through her own company, @Large Films, where she’s doing more than just nabbing industry awards for her work. She’s also working to help other women break through in the male-dominated industry.
Lukasik, the Business Journal’s Women of Influence winner in the small and medium-sized business category, spoke with freelance writer Michael Kerr about her work in a story that will be published in a special section Friday. Here’s an excerpt:
To help correct the inequality, Lukasik is beginning a mentoring program at @Large.
“A young female film student will be able to come on set and watch me direct, which I think is one of the most significant things that they can do,” she says, noting how intimidating it can be for women to take the helm in an industry that has historically cared more about how a woman looks in front of a camera than how well she can perform behind one.
“I wish I could do more, but, the truth is, I’m also running the business, and I’ve got a couple of other full time jobs,” she says with a laugh.