A few weeks ago I hosted a panel in Los Angeles on “Black Actresses and Leveraging Our Personal Brand for Success”. The panel was presented by The Black Entertainment & Sports Lawyers Association at UCLA Law School and it featured Essence Atkins, Naturi Naughton and Numa Perrier. I wanted to share a portion of the panel with you guys and share some of the topics that we discussed. This was a very interesting panel for me to be apart of, it was different from any other I’ve done because the audience that we were speaking to was a group of lawyers, publicists and agents who were all currently working in their respective fields. All of us on the panel agreed that as much information that we gave to them, they also gave us to us with their questions and suggestions for us to grow in our own careers. It was an overall great experience and I was very glad to be apart of it. Thanks again to the BESLA Organization, Tony Brackett and Brian Walker for asking me to be apart of this great panel and to Naturi, Essence and Numa for being apart of it, and being so open and honest! And a HUGE thank you to Nicholette Dixon for filming it! Enjoy!
Episode 3 Comes out tonight at 4pm pst/7pm set and I wanted to do a quick re-cap on what we’ve learned from “Kori Bailey”.
1. Auditions are difficult no matter how prepared you think you are.
2. It’s ok to be insecure just don’t stop pursuing your dreams
3. You are your own worst enemy.
In the first two episodes of Black Actress we watched Kori struggle through her auditions and also struggle to regain her confidence in herself as an actress. Luckily her best friend Izzy has served as both her support system and distraction to remind her that life continues outside of “acting”. In tonight’s episode Kori takes initiative to do something about her acting career and starts a new acting class with the renowned Tommy Hannigan. The class however doesn’t end up being what she hoped for and anyone that takes acting classes knows you shouldn’t always believe the hype!
I think all entertainers have once been in the same place as “Kori Bailey”. Unsure where your life is headed and even more unsure of what you’re doing. It’s a scary place to be in and depending on your choices you’re either going to sink or swim.
Check out the first two episodes below and stay tuned tonight 4pm pst/7pm est http://www.youtube.com/issarae
Episode Description: Kori is very hopeful for a double audition day but she continues to struggle with her auditions. While her best friend, Izzy has a new potential love interest. Guest appearance from Naturi Naughton. Created by and starring Andrea Lewis. Enjoy!