Hello. My name is Yasmin Shiraz and the Black TV Film Crew site is about to get personal. The day after Trump won the election in 2016, I started the Black TV Film Crew community. Born from the desire to connect with black folks working in the television, film and entertainment industry, I wanted to create a sense of family, connection and support.
I’ve worn many hats but I’ve always lacked solid support.
I looked at my career over the years: magazine publisher, author, documentary filmmaker, screenwriter, marketing executive and TV producer. I’ve worn many hats and have many talents but what I’ve always lacked is solid support. Who did I go to when I received a rejection letter from a major publisher? Who did I call when my film wasn’t accepted into a film festival? The biggest aspirations often come with the biggest let downs. Through my journey I realize its not about everything working out as you’ve planned but to have the determination and tenacity to keep going. But what about support? How do you keep going when your heart is breaking?
How do you keep going when your heart is breaking?
With evaluating my life during COVID-19, I decided to make Black TV Film Crew even more personal and share some of my own industry and life stories with this community. There’s a new section on the site called “Letters From The Editor.” This section will include posts that sometimes will have nothing to do with film, tv or entertainment. These posts might deal with heartbreak, depression, determination, motivation—whatever I’m feeling to get to the next stop in my journey. I’ve decided to share openly because I realize I’m not alone and though my experiences are unique to me, someone else may gain something from what I’m sharing. Also, as creators we are inspired by what is real and authenticity is what connects us.
As creators we are inspired by what is real.
Every time I go through something with work—pitching a television show, getting hired to produce another, I always check-in with myself. Do I feel supported? Am I supporting others? It seems to me that no matter how much talent you have, you still need support.
I hope Black TV Film Crew can be the support you need to help you navigate your career.
Yasmin Shiraz is a Screenwriter and TV producer who has worked for Lifetime, A&E, Bravo and PBS. She’s a best selling author of more than 11 titles and the founder of Black TV Film Crew. She is the CEO of Still Eye Rise Media.