Since then, she has published 17 podcasts featuring females of various ages, backgrounds and experience levels who share her passion for automotive. Among Blasiman’s podcasts, she’s interviewed a seven-year-old from Hawaii who likes to wrench and an eight-year-old Mopar girl, Ava, who appeared on the cover of Chrysler Power Magazine with NASCAR’s Richard Petty.
Femcanic Garage recently highlighted two barrier-breaking female collision repair professionals. Welder/fabricator Madison Ervin of Kiddy’s Classics talked about some of the challenges she had to overcome to follow her heart’s desires in June, and in July, Connie Manjavinos of Girls Behind the Gun encouraged listeners to follow their dreams: “If you want something in life, the hard truth is you have to step outside of your comfort zone. You’ll always be your worst critic, but that’s a part of growing. Failing has to happen and it’s a hard pill to swallow, but staying persistent and not giving up will get you where you want to be. Stay humble and don’t be an asshole!”
“I know it sounds cliché, but I don’t have a favorite interview,” Blasiman insisted. “They’re all so different and dynamic. One of the most touching episodes was with Julia - it was such a powerful message.”
During the interview, Julia shared how her daughter Juliana loves to work on cars and has restored her GTO with her dad. When Juliana was in pre-K, Julia noticed that her daughter did not want to dress like a girl or play typical girls’ roles during games of make-believe. Julia recounted, “She came home from school one day and said, ‘Mommy, I don’t want to be a little girl anymore because all the things I like to do, girls aren’t allowed to do.’ It broke my heart because we raised her to believe she could do anything she wanted to do and follow her passions, and one of the things she loves is to be outside with her daddy and work on cars …We’re supposed to be moving towards gender equality and yet my [child] is somewhere still internalizing this message, that the things she loves make her somehow wrong.”