It is not enough to just protest what is not right in Hollywood. In order to make the film industry more diverse, we have to make our own opportunities as well.
That is what actress Jada Pinkett Smith is doing with her the “Careers In Entertainment” tours. She and her husband Will Smith launched the tour on September 21. The tour is to help guide kids to careers in writing, producing and directing.
“[It’s] an engine for change in our industry, and a means of closing the gap between dreams and the tools necessary to achieve them,” said Smith.
The tour kicked off in New York with 400 students who had a chance to speak and ask questions to executives, educators and producers. Students also had an opportunity to brush shoulders with celebrities like singer Leona Lewis, actress Regina Hall, actor Jussie Smollett and actor-author Hill Harper. A website will also allow students to submit their resumes and apply for positions in their respective fields.
“Young people will be part of the solution because I think how young people see the world is naturally more inclusive,” she told HuffPost. “I think that the scope is going to change because of how you see their world. It’s very different from how we have been brought up to see our world, and how we see it now.”