There is a recent article in The Daily Beast that focuses on the subject of Black actresses and their frustration with the industry as a whole. It’s the same tune that has been playing for decades and perhaps that is the crux of the problem. The entertainment business is constantly evolving and maybe its time for black actresses to stop waiting for the ideal roles to come along and actually consider taking creative control over their careers. Tons of actresses have production companies that serve as a vehicle to upgrading their career status from barely there to HERE I AM!
Hollywood doesn’t exist to cater to the needs of whiny performers; the thriving mecca is a deep well that constantly needs to be replenished with new young talent. Waiting for that “big break” is so yesterday! Now it’s all about owning your destiny and being your own manager and agent.
Black actresses have to take a cue from their white counterparts and create the roles they want see themselves in as opposed to waiting in vain for those roles to magically appear. Actress Kim Wayans who made a name for herself in the variety show In Living Color, delivered a richly textured performance in the critical darling Pariah, and she expressed her disenchantment with the way Hollywood has neglected African-American actresses to The Daily Beast. She had hoped to be further along in her career by now but being faced with mainly stereotypical characters without much depth or variety hampered her natural progression. But its also hard to believe that coming from such a talented and well connected showbiz family, Wayans couldn’t find a way to get a script written and transformed into a movie that could potentially propel her to stardom.
Being an Black actress in Hollywood doesn’t have to equal hopelessness. Utilize the resources around you and make it happen! Nobody can tell your story better than you so what are you waiting for? Do it!