The Television Industry Advocacy Awards honors entertainment leaders who use their platform to enact positive change. From fighting for animal rights to bringing joy to hospitalized children, empowering women in Africa to spreading awareness about climate change, this year’s attendees are involved in a wide range of causes. Despite the different organizations with which they work, they all share one thing in common: a passion for activism. FANVERSATION had the pleasure of speaking to them about their work, who inspires them, how others can get involved, and more!
RJ Mitte (Breaking Bad) – Actor, Diversity Activist and United Cerebral Palsy Ambassador
Tonight is all about honoring people who are inspiring others to do good. Obviously, you’ve inspired a lot of people. Is there anyone you can think of that inspired you to be an advocate and activist?
My grandparents were very big advocates and philanthropists. I kind of grew up in that realm. Everyone has had an advocate at one point in their life or another. No one is ever truly solo. You may be born into this world and you may go out of it alone, but in the middle, there’s a lot of people. That’s the biggest thing—stepping up and making that effort and being aware of yourself and everyone around you. Find yourself an opportunity to be that advocate.
Tonight’s also about entertainment. Are there any shows or movies that you’ve seen recently that are making a positive change?
Yes and no. There’s so much content, and I’ve seen a lot of positive content lately dealing with mental health. That’s a really big issue that many people have traditionally chosen to ignore. I think we’re moving in a positive direction.
What would you say to someone who wants to get involved in this industry but doesn’t know where to start?
Start looking for a casting agent. Find nice photos of yourself to submit. Look into background agencies, and put yourself out there.
— Taylor Gates
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