Welcome to our three-part “Humans of Girls Behind the Rock Show” series. We’re featuring eight humans who opened up to us about their inspirations, what Girls Behind the Rock Show means to them, and what they would tell their younger selves. Enjoy learning more about those in our community!

Deniz Davenport

Deniz Strikland
Deniz Strikland – Photo Credit: Samantha Paige Bass

Who/what inspires you to be who you are in the industry?
Bert McCracken, Tim Kasher, and Kristelle Nanette. Kristelle is a badass artist; tour manager; merch girl for some of my favorite bands, like I the Mighty and Hail the Sun; and her overall drive, positive attitude and willingness to learn reminds me that scene really has the potential to be an even playing field for girls as long as we never give up. Bert and Tim are heavy musical influences who taught me that progression in art, relationship, and self isn’t linear. They also taught me  cynicism isn’t the long term answer to depression and ego, and that community and compassion are catharsis. 

What does having GBTRS in your life mean/do for you?
Having GBTRS in my life gives me a community of women in the same or similar  industries. It provides the opportunities for networking, growth, learning, and life-long connection. It’s brought me so much closer to some of the people in my local community. It’s a place where I can easily get help getting to my goals and show me new goals I didn’t know existed.

What is something you’d have liked to pass on to your younger self?
Don’t be afraid to admit you need help, and ask questions. Break out of your comfort zone but don’t put yourself in terribly uncomfortable situations. It’s okay to say no or admit something isn’t right for you. Always be kind.

Jamie Schultz

Jaime Schultz
Jaime Schultz – Photo Credit: Samantha Paige Bass

Who/what inspires you to be who you are in the industry?
I was inspired by Annie Leibovitz and Lisa Johnson to get into photography –  more specifically, music photography.

What does having GBTRS in your life mean/do for you?
Having GBTRS has been a great place to gain friends in the industry and to have a large support system.

What is something you’d have liked to pass on to your younger self?
I would have told my younger self to try and be better at networking.