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Interview with Julie Dufour, for the Women History Month

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On the Women History Month, difuze wanted to give the floor to Julie Dufour, Sound recorder.

After studying cinematography, Julie has now cumulated 22 years of experience in her field. From boom operator to sound recorder in voice-over dubbing, and then recognized as the first female sound recorder in scripted dubbing, Julie shares her background and her vision.

Difuze: Hello Julie, what is your greatest achievement in your professional life?

Hello Fatine, my greatest achievement is certainly the Iris award (formerly Jutra) that we received for our work on La Guerre des Tuques, a 2-year project, the outcome of which is more than gratifying. It represents for me a major professional achievement and I take real pride in it.

How do you see your career and what has it brought you?

My career is quite diversified, in terms of the tasks I carry out day-to-day, but also thanks to the variety of projects and the collaboration I enjoy. My career has also brought me a certain notoriety and recognition, which I am very proud of.

What do you think are the biggest challenges facing women of your generation?

In my opinion, inequalities persist in the professional world. This can be even more frustrating in an industry like ours, which is predominantly male, certainly on the technical side. Women are full of talent and skills; their merit is obvious and should be more fully recognized.

What are the avenues for progress that society should focus on for women’s rights? 

During my career, I have always been supported, and I appreciate that equality at difuze is at the forefront. But speaking generally, we can improve at the political level. There are still too few women representing us in larger political and societal institutions.

What is your greatest pride as a woman?

My greatest pride is the outcome of my work over the years, I have dedicated a lot of time in my career, I have invested every moment, and now I can finally step back and look at my entire career with new eyes.

Is there a woman who inspires you in life?

My wife is the person who inspires me the most. Her role for the city of Montreal makes a difference every day. Her mission is to grow the trees of Montreal, playing with genetics to give us a greener environment and I think that’s wonderful. She is making an impact and she has found a vocation that benefits everyone. For me, making a difference in the lives of others is especially inspiring.

What is your vision for the future of women and the women’s cause in general?

I hope that women will take more place in more technical positions as well.

My job is not in the spotlight, yet I encourage women who are attracted to this job to dive in and follow their dreams without fear. It’s time to show that women can be as good as or better than men in these professions!

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