Gina Rodriguez from Jane the Virgin started Movement Mondays on her Instagram to garner support for working Latino actors. She points out that studios feel more confident in hiring Latino actors for high-profile roles if the numbers back it up. TV shows and movies with Latino actors need to pull in higher ratings and more revenue.
This approach is the same for all minorities and extends beyond the acting community—into all aspects of creative professions. Inspired by Gina, I am starting the series Monday Meetings to highlight Asian movers, shakers, and makers. We should be seeing them and hearing from them more often—not just sporadically.
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Meet Jenn Im, the fashion + beauty champ of the YouTube ring. She started Clothes Encounter (pun points) in 2010 and already has more than a million subscribers and Instagram followers. Rightfully so. Her natural camera presence, crisp view of L.A, and conversational tone is goldilocks-just-right: thought-out but not overly produced. Besides her sense of style, she gives you a glimpse into her personal life. If you’ve ever been in a long-distance relationship, then this video will tug your heartstrings.
The clincher, though, is her voice. She’s the female Morgan Freeman—with that silky and elegant quality, I can listen to her narrate anything.