Q: Do you feel there are enough opportunities for creative youth in Victoria to build their future? If not, what are your recommendations?
I think there are opportunities to pursue creative endeavors. But the difficulty comes in being able to have a financially viable career. It would be difficult to just say allocate more funding. But I think that work could continue being done in ensuring that organisations/ projects that can pay artists, do so in a fair manner. I also think that more opportunities for artists to learn and appreciate ways marketing approaches, and entering the market would be valuable.
Q: What are some of the limitations you face as a young person?
Personally, I feel like that although the issue of diversity is currently being addressed, the opportunities as a black female comedian are still lacking. In particular in mainstream TV. Not just looking at the roles themselves, but the narratives in play surrounding black women.
Q: What are the fears you have with regards to your future?
I reckon they are probably universal, but the uncertainty. Will this actually work out, or am I chasing something that will never be.
Q: If you could kickstart your dream career now, who would you like to work with and why? (person or company)
Well dream careers a lot to explain. But long story short, being able to do comedy in all its forms, sketch, TV, film, voiceover cabaret (I don’t really sing and/or dance professionally but I love to! So why not). Also adding in a bit of health promo and education on the way. I guess being able to work with people localli and internationally, would be the dream. If I had to pick a company it would be Netflix. They have fantastic producers and creators (Michaela Cole, Michael Schur, I think soon to be Shonda Rhymes); their comedy shows are edgy, fresh, and multi-genre; you see a couple of recurring actors in their series; and they pitch to a global audience. Also I love Netflix binges.
Q: Do you feel that you have enough role models or mentors in your community to help achieve your goals?
Mentors I do think I have a great number of mentors in my community. They do amazing work and have made strides regarding the diversity. Perhaps the main issue would be that the minority of them are in the executive positions in mainstream media. So this does limit the types of opportunities.