SAG-AFTRA’s ‘Millennial Voices of Diversity: The Next Generation of Hollywood’ tells us there is work to be done

Photo by: Justin Lubin/NBC Danny Pudi community

Photo by: Justin Lubin/NBC

SAG-AFTRA hosted a free panel discussion this week on ‘Millennial Voices of Diversity” The Next Generation of Hollywood’. The National Ethnic Employment Opportunities Committee and the Next Generation Performers Committee were the sponsors for the event.

The event was held at the Tateuchi Democracy Forum in Little Tokyo. It featured millennial and veteran actors telling their stories of working in Hollywood today and the changing trend in diversity. Moderated by This Is Us actor Jon Huertas, the panel included Michelle Jubilee Gonzalez (Fate of the Furious), Danny Pudi (Community), Justin Chon (21 & Over), Brandon T. Jackson (Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters), and Sujata Day (Insecure).

‘There Will Always Be Trouble in Diversity’

Each actor told their inspiring story and struggles in Hollywood as they began their careers and what they are still facing today. Of course, there will always be trouble in diversity regarding diversity, but the discussion touched on what actors and creators can do to overcome that. Many of the artists mentioned, because of the opportunities with online platforms, that many could create their own content now.

“You could make a difference by creating the work you want to be in,” Chon shared with the audience. Chon recently wrote, directed and starred in the independent film Gook, which won the Audience Award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. He talked about how he was able to create this project and made sure it happened.

Gonzalez agreed wholeheartedly by adding, “Make sure you contribute your gift as a collaborator and artist.”

Pudi, who played oddball Abed on Community for six years, spoke about the roles he auditioned for. Instead of the stereotypical roles, he auditioned for regular roles where race or ethnicity wasn’t a factor.

“Don’t be held back by their [the character’s] ethnicity,” said Pudi.

The panel discussion concluded with a Q&A and a reception afterward at Far Bar.

For more information on events like these, visit here. Please note, many of these events will be limited to SAG-AFTRA members.

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