Féminin Rör is a space dedicated to driving inclusivity and equity for women in the music industry.
Mia: Can you tell me a little bit about yourself, your name, age, where you’re located?
Miami: I'm from Montgomery County, Maryland, but I live in Towson because I went to Towson University, and I graduated in 2018. So a little bit about myself, I like to believe that music found me and I didn’t pick it. I started at a really young age, I was that one kid in school who would ask the teachers “Can we have talent shows?” Fast forward to once I got to college in 2014, I wanted to get involved with the Grammy U program, but I had missed the deadline. I decided that wasn't going to discourage me. Once the time comes, they’re going to have no choice but to accept me into the program. So what I would do was host events on campus and tell everyone about the Grammy U program. So when I finally applied, I actually didn’t get interviewed, I was just automatically accepted. So music has always been a part of me as far as I can remember, it's always been something that I’ve wanted to do.
Mia: Extending on that, what inspired you to create Féminin Rör?
Miami: Féminin Rör is 3 years in the making. What I realized, is that a lot of the big media companies, they’re run by cis men. And if you look at the stories that they have, they have articles about women, but if you look at the author, it’s a man. And so I felt like the female voice was really missing in music, and in entertainment overall, cause it really is male dominated. I was like there’s a lane right here and a lot of people don't feel represented. And also coming from Maryland, this is not a music place, I had to literally go out to New York just to get internships. But also what really inspired me was in 2019, I got to work with Diddy. I didn’t know that all his companies are run by women until I saw it with my own eyes. I was just like “Wait, so it's possible to own your own company?” Yes it's possible, but you rarely see it. So when I saw these women, all presidents of major companies, I just knew I had to go for it. I officially launched Féminin Rör two months ago, and I did not expect for it to grow so fast, but I also did not expect a lot of industry support. But for me I think what has really helped was that I'm intentional with what I'm doing, and it's not for vanity, it's not for self-gain, there's an actual cause behind it. I just want to see women become leaders, and that's what's really important for my interns. I always tell them “Take this moment in, and don’t wait for me to assign you something, take initiative, I want you to be a leader so that when you leave here, whether you stay in the industry or not, you impact somebody else's life, you also guide them.”
Mia: What is your number one goal/aspiration for Féminin Rör?
Miami: Overall, I really look up to organizations like Women in Music, so I want it to become like Women in Music. and what's really important for me is that eventually I want this to run, even if I’m long gone, I want this to still be happening. One of my biggest aspirations for Féminin Rör is to have a mentorship program, because what I really noticed is there are mentors, but it's very rare. And I see people on twitter for example, complaining about the lack of mentors in the music industry. Yes, we can turn to our peers, but we're so young and we only know so much, so I really want Féminin Rör to have a mentorship program.
Mia: Who are your biggest female inspirations in the entertainment industry?
Miami: Definitely Janet Jackson, and also Oprah because of what's she's done and with her working in media back in the 80s, when it was really blatantly racist, to see what she has become, and what she has done for the entire industry, that's very inspiring and if I could just have half of that success, I would be so happy.
Mia: What advice do you have for young women looking to have a career in the arts or STEM?
Miami: One thing I would say is, be confident. A lot of men will try to dim your light, or men will always think they're right, mansplaining, like No, they don’t know what they’re talking about. So, number one is be confident and don’t let anyone speak over you. Also two: networking networking networking. Specifically, network with your peers, because I think a lot of times people want to connect with executives, which makes sense. But executives are getting older, guess who you’re going to be working with? People your age. So peer to peer networking is very important. And one last thing I would say is, don’t say no to opportunities because that's what's going to open doors for you, and you never know until you try.
Mia: Of course Féminin Rör is very focused on women, and women’s empowerment, but what are your thoughts on intersectionality and inclusion not just based on gender, but also race, sexual orientation, class, etc?
Miami: That's really big for me, like even though our brand is women, everyones welcome, because I think with organizations like the Color of Music Collective, that really opened my eyes. And coming from Maryland, it's an LGBTQ friendly place, but we rarely see it compared to cities like Los Angeles. So getting the opportunity to work with Color of Music Collective, it really opened my eyes to other people, who I would never normally come in contact with. I wouldn’t want people to think, okay this is just for women, we're not accepting you if you're this way, we're not accepting you if you're that way, we literally accept everyone. Inclusion and diversity is what I stand for.