For many actors all over the world getting cast can be quite difficult, even more so if you are ethnic. As many Asian Americans and African American actors know getting an audition or job can be an issue due to their race or appearance. Most fall into characters due to type casting or stereotyping roles that match their gender and ethnicity, but an actor is more than that.
Recently there has been a large growth in ethnic casting in recent television pilots. A sudden flood of roles for ethnic actors after years of suppressed opportunities for talented actors and experienced minority performers with limited roles. This is long overdue. The TV and film ranks have been overly white for far too long, representing an entirely too white reflection of the ethnicity and workplace of America.
While African-Americans are among the most loyal TV viewers they still represent on 13% of the U.S population their on air presence has blown up with the recent castings in shows Empire, Black-ish, Scandal and How To Get Away With Murder. Depending on the success of these shows will affect the future of ethnic castings in television media.
An Australian Production company Pearly Productions has begun an online series that interviews minorities about their own experiences in the industry and getting auditions. The series focuses on an ethnicity in each episode and was created in the intent to raise awareness of the stereotyping still going on today in the media industry.