Minority report

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.

references:

http://deadline.com/2015/03/tv-pilots-ethnic-casting-trend-backlash-1201386511/

https://whitetribalchief.wordpress.com/2013/05/19/the-story/

 

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2 thoughts on “Minority report

  1. You’ve approached this topic with the inclusion of a really striking example to provoke further discussion. Nice work! I’ve never heard of Pearly Productions before, but I watched the videos on the site that you hyperlinked and realised how much stereotyping minorities are still subject to in the Australian film or television industry. With enough circulation, maybe these videos could encourage directors to switch things up and cast a minority as a lead actor or actress.

  2. I certainly agree with your point about non white people suddenly getting job opportunities that are not limited to their race, by this I mean that they are not often just playing stereotypes. I mentioned in my post about this topic (https://seanc34.wordpress.com/2015/05/08/racism-in-film/) that I believe that what you are discussing, is really only an issue if you make it one. There are plenty of roles played by a variety of people of different races of which race could be interchanged without any plot repercussion. I’d love to hear your opinion on it.

    (P.S. I like that the production company is called “Pearly” as in “Pearly White” as they interview people about minorities and their troubles in the industry.

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