How else would I have made my way as an artist but to stumble into it and keep pushing forward when I didn’t see the way paved out ahead of me? When you don’t see yourself represented or there is active hostility to your presence within these spaces, you are forced out of necessity to carve out your own way.
In recent years, there has been more visibility for trans people with celebrities such as Laverne Cox, Elliot Page, Demi Lovato and shows like Pose getting more media attention. It has led to more diverse castings and opportunities for trans artists. At the same time, there are still barriers faced by many of us in the arts sector, such as finding appropriate opportunities, mentors, casting agents, photographers, and producers. This is not to mention the gender disparity that still exists in the arts. Combining years of experience of attending various artist development programs and trans led mentorships, here are some tips that I have gathered that helped me in the early stages of my career that may prove useful to you.
Living rurally comes with its own set of barriers. So how do you navigate that as a practicing or emerging artist?
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