Ali Kerns has every golf fan’s dream job. As a producer for the PGA Tour, Kerns is consistently side-by-side with the best players in the world, filming and editing compelling behind-the-scenes content about professional golf. But according to the Clemson graduate, the position comes with its challenges, especially as a woman in a male-dominated space.
“I get stopped at every single tournament,” said Kerns. “I even have a camera in my hand, and I’ll get stopped by whoever. They’ll be like, ‘What are you doing here?’”
On this week’s episode of Henni and Hally: Women With Game, Kerns chats with hosts Henni Koyack and Hally Leadbetter about some of the shared obstacles they’ve run into working in an industry where women are the large minority. Despite the unwarranted comments that Kerns has dealt with, she has learned how to view her unique position in a positive, forward-thinking light.
“There are so many women who came before us that have had to deal with so much worse,” said Kerns. “But if that means people get more used to seeing women inside the ropes or working in the sports to where one day my daughter doesn’t have to deal with it as much, then, OK, I’m cool with that.”
Listen to the full episode to hear some of the wildest stories Leadbetter, Koyack and Kerns have to tell about their experiences working inside the ropes on the PGA Tour. Plus, Kerns reveals some of the methods she used when trying to secure a job in sports film production. Hint: There was a lot of LinkedIn stalking involved.