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The Media Mindset
37 minutes | Dec 19, 2019
Making It in Showbiz with Kenrick Prince
Kenrick Prince moved to the United States with perhaps the ultimate American dream: Make it in showbiz. And while the road to success is often anything but smooth, the talented director/writer is one of a new wave of creators building a following while sticking to their core principles. For Kenrick, that means telling diverse stories on screen, particularly when it comes to showcasing people of color and characters from the LGBTQ+ community. Kenrick's most notable project so far is Gema, a short film that retells the classic "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?" trope for a modern age. It was a noteworthy launching point for actress Mj Rodriguez, currently a star in the hit TV series Pose.Kenrick currently splits time working on projects including commercials, shorts, and independent films in both New York and Los Angeles. In this episode, find out what Kenrick thinks are the biggest hurdles for independent creators in today's media landscape, along with advice for overcoming adversity along the way.
32 minutes | Oct 29, 2019
Diversity in TV with Vishaal Reddy
Vishaal Reddy is an actor, writer, singer, and producer passionate about diversity in storytelling. He's the creator and star of "Insomnia," a web series that tackles issues of mental health, sex work, ethnic identity, and sexuality. For his work, Vishaal was awarded a covered spot in the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival Creator N.O.W. creators program. Born and raised in Tennessee, Vishaal has been a working actor in New York's stage and screen communities for years, but his experiences exposed him to a lack of diversity in those creative communities. And all too often, that homogeneity was intentional. With "Insomnia" and other projects, Vishaal hopes to present more diverse faces and identities on screen, all wrestling with real-world problems.In this episode of The Media Mindset, we discuss areas where Vishaal thinks creative communities keep coming up short and why people of color are still at a disadvantage when it comes to representation on screen. We also chat about positive steps to remedy that, along with creators he admires for their efforts.
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