V Busy with Lisa Lopez of Solow and Glam By Lisa Lopez
A true Khaleesi, Lisa Lopez Cronin, is a champion of women like none other. She’s powerful, punk rock, and all the things we want to be in life. From her career as a talent producer in reality television + 25 years of experience as a makeup artist, to now launching her own athletic wear line, Solow, this woman is unstoppable.
Here’s an exclusive interview with our Pretty Thing Tour headliner. Get into it.
For those that aren’t already familiar with your background like we are, tell the babes out there about your experience in the film + television industry.
I've been a Head Make-Up Artist for over 25 years and a Talent Producer for ten of them. I worked my way up through the entertainment industry, first on films, and then on shows such as Below Deck and Rock of Love.
That’s incredible. You also have an athletic company, Solow. How did that come about?
With Solow, my partner is the beautiful, powerful, brilliant Danielle Clarke. I casted her on VH1's Charm School and we've been inseparable ever since. Currently, I'm seeing Solow into the production phase and securing its space on department store shelves.
What would you say has been the key to working in so many different industries and staying so humble and grounded through it all?
I stand out because I connect with people. I don't have time for egos—other people's or my own. Everyone you meet, no matter who they are in the "hierarchy" of the industry is a human being with thoughts, feelings, and ideas to offer. The best way to work with people is to know them. With dignity, compassion, and love, and I make sure I get to know everybody.
That’s refreshing AF when people are just people and ignore the hierarchy. Speaking of the film industry, any particular challenges you’ve faced or any advice you’d give to someone coming up the ranks?
I hate to say it, but one of the biggest challenges in my career, above all the other little things that made me feel like giving up, has been the lack of respect from men in power. Making them take me seriously and listen to my ideas. Strangely enough, the best solution I found was to call them out on it. If you bluntly say outright "you aren't listening to me" or "you can't say things like that" you will get their undivided attention. And honestly, you can get away with it because now more than ever, men are afraid of women's voices.
Totally agree. Do you think the #MeToo has changed the landscape for women too?
I do think, largely because of the #MeToo movement, that there has never been a better time for women in entertainment. But we've still have quite a way to go. I still hear stories, all the time, about women who feel uncomfortable on set because of the way men look and talk to them. They feel like they can either be friendly (which opens them up to all sorts of unwanted romantic attention), or they can be brusque (which gets them labeled as a bitch). Neither option is preferable and they both make you fear for your career. On top of that, women have to contend with judgment from other women. Putting each other down for trivial bullshit like how they dress or whether or not they're "likable". It looks like jealousy but I think it's more likely fear. That there's not enough space for both of us to succeed.
I think the only way to remedy this is for women to support and celebrate each other. We want women who feel confident in their bodies. We want women in positions of power. We want a boss who will know exactly what we mean when we tell them the gaffer has been giving us a creepy look.
Preach, sis! Okay now what female-identifying artist are you loving right now?
Madonna. Then, now, and forever, Madonna is my queen. The amount of scrutiny that woman has had to endure throughout her life, both of her work and her body. That she still holds herself with such poise and dignity is an inspiration to me. She's a rockstar, a philanthropist, a mother of six, and my absolute hero.
For the ladies interested in seeing you at Tour, what will you be speaking about?
I'm going to be talking about how to grow yourself in your workplace. How to make yourself an asset, keep your wits about you, and keep yourself humbled. The entertainment industry is not an easy place to live, but there's a way for women to do it and use our art to make a place for ourselves where we can get what we want out of it.
You’re also headlining both Tour stops! What are you most looking forward to?
Meeting the women out there. I'm looking forward to connecting with all of these remarkable women, learn from them, and answer any questions I can to help their careers in production.
Come see Lisa at Pretty Thing Tour 2019 and use checkout code “LISALOPEZ” for $20 off your General Admission ticket.