In the spirit of curation as an art form itself, I caught up with my namesake Georgie Okell, a radio/TV presenter, DJ and all around music industry bad ass, who continues to invent, evolve and preserve the discovery of modern music. Hailing from Chester in the UK, 26 year old Georgie made her name when she became an established member of the T4 presenting team on Channel 4 in UK in 2010. Since her move to NYC she has hosted a weekly music show, Pop Goes the Future, on the legendary and iconic East Village Radio, is a music and fashion writer for VICE and at the beginning of this year she joined the US Fuse TV network as a host on their nightly music news programme, Fuse News.
Consider yourself forewarned: James Victore will kick your ass. This is not a man producing artwork for the faint of heart: A rendering of a Native American in traditional garb that reads: “Celebrate Columbus” (with a skeleton face), a bloodied silhouette of Mickey Mouse that reads, “Disney Go Home,” an adorable white bunny facing an equally adorable chick. But, um, the bunny is calling the chick a “Queer!” and the chick is calling the bunny a “N****!" James Victore is rough and tough and in-your-face. He pulls no punches and makes no apologies. Which is exactly why I like him. (*that’s not actually how his name is pronounced but it was such a good title, I couldn’t resist.)
We meet Claudia by the sea. She is alone, seated on a stone bench, smoking, gazing at the cliffs, the beachcombers ambling over the rocky shore. She is as beautiful as I remember her. Not a single change can be identified at first glance. There is a youth behind her eyes, which betrays an inescapable energy, beyond any repression. A helicopter passes overhead. She seems not to notice. Our conversation begins.
Don't ask Kate Cohen or Marisa Polvino what it's like to be a woman in the business. “So many people ask us that question” (including me). “I don't even pay attention to the fact that there are different genders, because if I think I'm a minority like that, than I behave in a certain way, and that's not constructive for running a business,” says Kate. “Because what you focus on is really important (in business) and if we sit there and focus on, ‘oh I'm a woman in film, it's a boys club’ or whatever… If we have that kind of attitude, then we'll always remain in the background. It's important to not give that any thought or attention.” A philosophy (or one of a few) that's clearly working out for them. With one of 2014's most anticipated blockbusters already behind them and an exciting slate of projects on the way, the background seems like a place they don't really have to worry about.