Young black actors say they’re more likely to be hired for part-time work as actors than their white counterparts, according to a survey conducted by Hallmark Entertainment and commissioned by The Associated Press.
The survey, which also included black actors and executives from television and film, was conducted last month and was commissioned by the Associated Press to measure diversity in Hollywood.
“Young black actors have more opportunities and the opportunities are bigger,” said Jaycee Dunbar, president and CEO of the Los Angeles-based nonprofit Black Hollywood.
“They’re in the more challenging part of the game.
That means they’re on more TV and movies and it means they have more to think about.”
The AP surveyed more than 100 young black, Hispanic and Asian-American actors from major Hollywood films and television shows about what it’s like to be an actor, to make the jump from part-timer to star and to become a member of the Hallmark Hollywood family.
They were asked how they feel about the success and visibility of their work and what it means to them to be part of a group that has such a strong connection to the African American community.
In addition to Black Hollywood, the survey found that about 3 percent of the black actors surveyed said they were hired by studios and other media companies for regular, on-the-job training or mentoring, compared to about 3.5 percent of white actors.
The majority of the actors interviewed said they wanted to be stars, said Dunbar.
But, she said, “I think it’s a little bit of a disconnect when people talk about the ‘Black Hollywood’ that has no black actors in it.
The reality is, there are a lot of people of color working in Hollywood who have been in the business for a long time.”
Dunbar said that diversity is a huge part of Hollywood, and one of the things that makes the industry unique is that it is a community-driven organization.
She said it is hard to believe that Hollywood would want to keep those people out of the studio system, especially if the studio is owned by an individual.
The AP survey included actors from shows like “Game of Thrones,” “The Walking Dead” and “American Idol,” along with films including “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Avatar” and a slew of movies and TV shows.
It was commissioned in partnership with the Los Angelenos-based non-profit organization Black Hollywood and produced by the AP.
Hallmark Entertainment, which owns Hallmark Brands, Hallmark Enterprises and other companies, said the survey was based on data from the Association of American Publishers.
The AP, however, said that while the data may be accurate, it was not based on interviews with real people.
The organization is based in New York City and is comprised of a wide variety of companies, including The Walt Disney Company, Time Warner, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Warner Bros. The group’s mission is to support, promote and advance the growth of the African-American community and the arts in the United States.