"I Say We Start Our Own" - A Crowd sourced list of people to #WatchOutFor
Waking up to read a celebration post where entire demographics have been shunned out is not something to ignore. It’s something to be researched, It’s something to be challenged, and it’s something to be reversed. Which is exactly what Myself, Vanessa Fisher and countless others spent our Friday morning doing. Rather than dwell on the disappointment of the original blog, I tweeted this :
And the response meant that my twitter feed was full of people supporting each other, rooting for the underdogs that are consistently underrepresented. What was even more interesting was that in our crowd-sourced list of creatives, our ones to ‘#WatchOutFor’, Not a single race was shunned or ignored. Within 12 hours, we’d formed a list of over 300 people that deserved to be celebrated.
The thread itself is still active and thriving, and I implore everyone to spend 5 minutes scrolling through - seeing who you can support and get behind by hitting that follow button and retweeting a couple of tweets. That said, the intention of the #WatchOutFor tag, was so that we could form our own list. Not as a retaliation, but as an education.
N.B - As soon as the clock hit midnight on the 28th, I started typing up and tallying the names that had been submitted. The people that are on this short list got the highest frequencies of shout outs.
N.B.B - I could only track names that had been tweeted with the hashtag - so I’m sorry if I missed some! I couldn’t track quote tweets or replies unless they’d been tagged with #WatchOutFor
N.B.B...B? - The thing to take away from this post and twitter thread, is that even when we’re not supported but outsiders, we have the ability to make waves from our own communities. We have allies, and when we need them, we know where to find them.
So. Here we go!
How It Works -
We’ve tallied up and displayed the top 30. We’ve written a short bio about the top 5, but we wanted to highlight all the incredible talent that’s out there, so we’ve included the names and twitter handles of the full 30. Enjoy!
To reiterate - This entire list is crowdsourced, we’re just displaying the results.
With the hype and buzz surrounding the news that Layton will be leading the next cast of ‘ETAJ’, it’s no surprise that everyone is excited to see how he takes on the iconic role of ‘Jamie New’. Previous credits include Seaweed in Hairspray and Angel in Rent. Layton also runs ‘Pros From The Shows’ a company dedicated to supporting industry professionals by orchestrating theatre workshops to institutions around the Country. Layton has created ample opportunities for both himself and his fellow performers and we look forward to what 2019 will bring!
After making her west end debut in ‘Beautiful’, Sharon went on to understudy Diana Ross in the 2nd cast of Motown the Musical, followed by an appearance in ‘Caroline or Change’, before landing the ‘Schuyler Sister Standby’ plot in the original west end cast of Hamilton. Alongside performing, Sharon is also a writer of both, plays and music and makes up 1/8 of the band The Mercenaries. With all these exciting career moves, we know that Sharon will be one to watch!
Idriss has been grafting in this industry since the age of 10, when he made his West End Debut in The Lion King. He went on to appear in Oliver! And Thriller Live before he’d even finished school. Idriss has since appeared numerous shows, including The Scottsboro Boys, Shrek, Wicked (playing the iconic role of Boq) and Five Guys Named Moe. Alongside an overwhelmingly impressive theatrical CV, Idriss can also be seen in the Netflix Musical ‘Been So Long’ and has just finished shooting a new BBC drama ‘Years and Years’, scheduled for release in 2019. If you haven’t been looking out for the talented Idriss Kargbo, you will be now!
Michelle is a Performer and industry blogger whose articles can be found on The Huffington post and her own blogspot,michellehopewell.tumblr.com. She is passionate about topics that surround equality and diversity within the arts and her love for plus sized fashion. Michelle is also a graduate from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and can currently be found on the UK and Ireland tour of Matilda where she plays the role of Mrs. Phelps.
Miriam notably became ‘one to watch’ during her third year when she played the role of Queen in Arts Ed’s production of The Life. She then went on to make her professional debut as ‘Claire De Loon’ in the Regents Park Open Air Theatre’s production of On The Town for which she won ‘Best Actress in A Musical’ at The Stage’s Debut Awards. Miriam has very recently finished covering all three Schuyler Sisters in the London production of Hamilton and with such fantastic accomplishments in the last year, there’s no doubt in our minds that she’ll continue to flourish in 2019 and beyond.
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