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United We Are a Force, and Individually We are W.O.N.

Image Courtesy of Sylvia Hutson

Women of Note celebrates the unique talents of women of Hampton Roads and seeks to raise awareness of issues women face in the 21st century. We are well aware of the many hats women wear throughout the day as well as throughout their lives and we would like to give women the opportunity to share their experiences juggling these with our community. By sharing our experiences, we hope to inspire others, learn from their perspectives, and foster a dialogue that creates solutions. Today we spot light Sylvia D. Hutson.

Affiliation(s) (past and present):

Business wise so many different productions companies all over the US.

Personally VMT, HURRAH, LTN , GENERIC theatres. I am a board member of the Portsmouth Police Dept Chiefs Advisory Committee and Vice President of Cradock Civic League, and work weddings on weekend for the HPO in Hampton.

How long have you been (working in/participating in) your field? How did you get into it?

I have been a talent agent for 16 years, but in the entertainment industry over 50 years.

How long have you been working/ living in in Hampton Roads?

I have been living in Hampton Roads since 1986, took a break from 1992-1995 when I lived in PR, been back ever since and I have always worked in Hampton Roads through my time here.

What advice would you give young women going into your field?

Be humble, be friendly, be flexible with your time, research and networking in our industry is huge.

Does your gender influence your relationship to your work? In what way?

No I have not found it to influence in my industry.

Have you faced challenges in your field because of your gender or have you found your gender to be an asset? What kinds of challenges or advantages, and how have they affected your life?

Honestly COVID has been a huge challenge as productions stopped working.

Has parenthood impacted your career or shaped your perspective as an artist? In what ways?

I am blessed that both my children are in the entertainment industry. I guess it rubbed off on them.

Any closing thoughts?

Let nothing hold you back. Follow your heart, follow your dreams, let nothing stop you.

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