Thu, Dec 08|
Kicking Through The Barrier Wall In Hollywood with Taja V. Simpson
Actress, director, keynote speaker, author, and entrepreneur Taja V. Simpson refuses to let naysayers keep her down. This 4x award-winning actress is going to share how she has been able to navigate Hollywood when the powers that be couldn't see her as a leading lady because of the color of her skin
Time & Location
Dec 08, 2022, 5:00 PM
About the Event
As women of color, we often have to deal with the barriers Hollywood tries to put in front of us. We are categorized to fit in tiny little boxes. To hold minimal space in a field that regards us mainly as our racial stereotypes and not as intricate storytellers. It can be hard to push past the noise. You can be made to feel that if you don't fit the proper box assigned to you, then you can never be a director, producer, studio exec, or well-paid working actress. Especially if you seek a career in entertainment later in life after raising a family or pursuing other career goals.
Actress, director, keynote speaker, author, and entrepreneur Taja V. Simpson refuses to let naysayers keep her down. This 4x award-winning actress, with over 20 years of experience in acting and more than 60 credits in TV and film, is going to share how she has been able to navigate Hollywood when the powers that be couldn't see her as a leading lady because of the color of her skin. How she has squashed limiting beliefs so she can show up as her authentic self in every facet of her life, and how she has built wealth-generating streams of income while sustaining her career in film and television.
Taja is perhaps best known for playing Priscilla Owen in Tyler Perry's "THE OVAL". Most recently she was seen as Cheyenne, the hilarious college friend who robbed Issa & Molly on HBO's Insecure. Other popular shows she has appeared in are; Grey’s Anatomy, NCIS, Hightown, A House Divided, That Girl Lay Lay, Raven's Home, NCIS: LA, Bold & The Beautiful, Lethal Weapon & All-American.
Sitting in the director’s chair, Taja started Simpson & McGowan Studios and has over 40 productions from theater and music videos to television and film under her belt. She has coached and mentored hundreds of actors helping them navigate the various aspects of Hollywood and evolve into becoming working actors.
As a businesswoman, Taja is the founder and CEO of TAJ. Hair Growth. A product that helps regrow and strengthen all hair types and The Working Actors Academy (TWAA). Taja has always had a passion for acting and a desire to serve and uplift others so she decided to combine the two by creating TWAA which allows her to mentor and coach aspiring actors everywhere. TWAA is an online acting course that teaches actors practical tactics to help them evolve as professional actors.
Taja is the co-author of the Amazon International Bestseller Women Who Shine: 30 Inspiring Stories of Shining Light into the World and Cracking The Acting Code.
You can learn more about Taja by visiting her website https://www.tajavsimpson.com/