A Contest? Yes, please!

Open Ethnicity, a TV series currently in production that I’m very excited and happy to be part of, is holding a contest right now. If you submit a self-tape of a monologue or short scene, and the producer, Sunny Chen, picks it to be highlighted on Instagram TV, you’ll be entered into a competition to be a guest star in an upcoming episode.

I’m playing the part of Katherine Cage, a fictional casting director in the Lower Mainland. I am self-taping my reactions to the submissions, editing them, and forwarding them to my director/producer. She gives me feedback and suggestions for interesting “slice of life” bits to let viewers see more about Katherine’s personal life.

This is a character I have had the privilege to live in for over a year now. It is amazing how much I have learned about myself and being a woman in this industry, especially in terms of gender and power politics, by having to create a strong business person persona for myself.

It has been super fun, and a great way to motivate myself to commit myself to a regular work day schedule. I love being creative and making new things. It is a wonderful way to express myself and tell my own story while projecting myself into a different reality. Taking a break from all your worries sure would help a lot.

Wouldn’t you like to get away?

Ok, enough references to the TV shows of my formative years. I’m incredibly grateful to people like Sunny, who tell stories that resonate with me and my own experiences. Open Ethnicity’s main character has an arch nemesis, who is always at the same casting calls as she is. And she’s a little bit taller, a little bit more well known, and actually has creepy-stalker fans!

Lucky.

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