1) Why did you decide to get into this industry?
Interestingly enough, growing up I had always said I wouldn’t work in the film industry because my parents both worked in it and I just couldn’t see myself fitting in to any of the existing roles. But then the job of intimacy coordinator came along and it was the perfect blend of my interests and I decided I had to pursue it.
2) What’s a defining moment in your life?
Probably the decision to NOT go to medical school. I was pretty far down that path when I decided it wasn’t in alignment with what I wanted to get out of life. Sometimes the things we say ‘no’ to are just as important as the things we say ‘yes’ to.
3) What is your biggest concern with the future?
My biggest concern career-wise is getting intimacy coordinators into a union. Right now it looks like we will probably at some point become members of SAG-AFTRA, just like stunt coordinators, it’s just a matter of when. Being part of a union would be a big win for us.
4) What is a successful moment in your career so far?
Having a producer who was initially skeptical about the role of intimacy coordinator call me back to do another show with them!
5) What advice do you have for other women in the industry?
Learn as many lessons as possible through wisdom rather than experience. Meaning, seek out advice from trusted colleagues and mentors and learn from their mistakes instead of making those same errors yourself. It will save you a lot of time and heartache.
6) What, if anything, do you collect?
I collect antique art and jewelry. I’ve been collecting art since high school. I’m always on the lookout for interesting pieces of vintage jewelry, especially when I’m traveling abroad. I wish I had enough space at home to collect antique furniture! (Maybe one day…)
7) What are you working on next? In addition, if people want to find out more about you, where can they find you on social media?
IG: @amanda_blumenthal www.intimacycoordinator.com#thereelwomen #womeninfilm They can find out more about me on my website (www.intimacycoordinator.com) or on Instagram @amanda_blumenthal. I’m getting ready to start training my next cohort of intimacy coordinators, and I’m lining up work for the summer and fall. I might be doing an international project, which is very exciting!