We had the good fortune of connecting with Wendy Woodhall and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Wendy, what’s the most important thing you’ve done for your children?
Parenting is such a personal thing. It is an intimate dance between how you’ve been raised and how you hope to raise your own child. Everyone has their own unique parenting style and goals and while there are more books than can be imagined, the thing that I’ve done that I believe has impacted my child the most being present for her and tuning into her feelings and needs. For me as a parent, that is where I start. Although I certainly don’t pretend to have any answers or even to necessarily be doing the “right thing,” I remember making a conscious decision, before I had my child, that I was going to listen to what my child needed and respect her feelings, even if I didn’t always agree with or understand them. When my daughter was younger, I would feel like a researcher when I would see her becoming agitated or having outburst or meltdowns. I’d notice what she is doing, listen what she was saying and then I would try to help guide her to understanding what was going on inside her. Emotions and feelings can be difficult seas to navigate and I would try to provide a light for her to figure out what those emotions and feelings were and where they were taking her. I often saw my role as providing scaffolding to her to help her through difficult times. I would support and adjust according to where she was and to whatever she was struggling with but would not take over for her. I’d try to model and show her how to handle things so that as she confronted more and more adversity, she would pick up the ball and run with it on her own and I would fade into the background. I certainly don’t purport to know the answers to the great parenting questions that plague most of us from one time to another, but I do notice that my now teenager has learned to deal with her feelings and emotions in healthy ways. And that she is competent and capable of tackling difficult situations. It was always important to me to not deliver solutions to her on a silver platter, but rather teach her to tune into what was going on inside of her and train her to discover ways to help herself get through the rocky times. I think being present and providing that scaffolding for her to understand her feelings, needs and emotions has made the most impact on her so as she gets older, she will continue to thrive on her own. And I’m thrilled to see she is doing just that.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?

I’ve been the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Los Angeles Post Production Group (LAPPG) for the past 12 years. Over that time I’ve worked to build the organization from just 10 members to one of the top organizations for industry professionals in the LA filmmaking community. I believe in the power of making opportunities for yourself and that is what I did when I started the group. Prior to LAPPG, I’ve realized every job I’d gotten in this town has been through networking and word of mouth. From my work as public relations coordinator for MISS UNIVERSE, Inc to manager of the film and television division of Feature This! Product Placement Specialists to my role as supervising producer of various television series for HGTV, I’ve always found these opportunities through meeting and connecting with people rather than sending in a resume. When we started LAPPG we made sure to include plenty of opportunities for people working in the film industry to connect each month and network with one another. Now in our second decade, LAPPG is continuing to grow with over 5,000 members and through the support of some of the industries’ most influential companies (Adobe, Blackmagic Design, iZotope, OWC, Shutterstock, Sony, Vimeo, ZEISS), I continue to be grateful for our wonderful members, partners and friends. I also head up operations for Allied Post which is an audio post production company in Santa Monica where we deliver high quality sound services for film, television, podcasts and audiobooks. We craft, create and deliver individual strategies to bring top level technical and creative solutions to a project’s soundscape. Whether it’s a feature film documentary or a hour long unscripted television series, it’s all about telling a story and at Allied we are dedicated to using sound to support, elevate and enhance a viewer’s experience of the story.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’m a Westside girl and one of my favorite places to take friends and family is the Getty Villa in Malibu. There are lots of great places to eat along the coast and the views are amazing.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
All the parents who are trying to do this important job with no license or manual!

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