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Ep. 9: An Actor’s Consent: Navigating Vulnerable Spaces
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In the wake of the ongoing #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, conversations surrounding consent as an actor in this Industry are more vital than ever. In this panel, Risa talks with powerhouse advocates in our Industry: television director and actor Laura Innes, TV producer Laurie Zaks, actor and advocate Esmé Bianco, actor and journalist Margaret Judson, and actor Nick Ballard. This is an honest and provocative conversation that covers everything from nudity on set and intimacy coordinators to redefining what it means to request and offer consent with agency, while doing deep, creative work in storytelling, in business dealings, and in everyday life.
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“An actor or actress should never have to make the choice between being comfortable at work and possibly losing their job.”
- Esmé Bianco
“I just grew up at a time where I couldn’t name one female director…or not a single woman would get on stage to accept a producer award at the Oscars…representation matters because if you don’t see it, you don’t know that you can do it. Being a woman on the other side of the camera was not something that I ever saw.”
“Then the desperation went away and I had an ease in audition rooms that I’d never had before because I had a life outside of wanting someone to pick me.”
“It happened entirely because I was following the path that was put in front of me without a tremendous amount of judgment around it. And I’m a judgy motherfucker…if I can do this, anyone can.”
“Walk into every room, and everything you ever write, and everything you create, and just make it you, just authentically you. And most of the time, the people who’ll respond to it will love it because you’re being yourself and there’s only one of you in the world. And it feels amazing when you put yourself forward and people reward you for it.”
Guests & Resources:
Esmé Bianco: Instagram, Twitter, IMDb, The Huffington Post: What It’s Like To Film ‘Game Of Thrones’ Sex Scenes As A Survivor Of Abuse
Margaret Judson: Official Site, NY Times Op-Ed: How Do You Play a Porn Star in the #MeToo Era?
Laurie Zaks: Mandeville Films, Twitter, Instagram
Laura Innes: IMDb
Nick Ballard: Instagram, Twitter, IMDb
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