Reelworld Black Entrepreneurs Program
Reelworld Black Entrepreneurs Program

Reelworld Black Entrepreneurs Program

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Reelworld Black Entrepreneurs Program
Reelworld Black Entrepreneurs Program

Reelworld Black Entrepreneurs Program

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Reelworld Black Entrepreneurs Program

The Reelworld Black Entrepreneurs Program is a training initiative for Black casting directors, agents, managers, and producers in Canada. This first of its kind program provides transformational business advisory services, training, paid apprenticeship, capital investment, and networking opportunities.

Over the course of 8 months, the selected participants will commit to 3-4 months of specified training 2 times a week for 2-3 hours, 3 months of paid apprenticeship, and 2 months of working with business consultants.

Beginning March 2022, the first cohorts of 16 chosen applicants will participate in a series of workshops focused on structuring a company for success with training in the key areas of strategic planning, finance, human resources, marketing and sales.

All Black Canadians who are looking to build their own businesses as casting directors, agents, managers and producers should apply for this first-of-its-kind program. The program will include a 2-month paid apprenticeship.

Applications Closed

Why Change Matters

The lack of Black representation as gatekeepers in these areas is a grievous gap in the Canadian ecosystem of Entrepreneurs.

"The value of having a good agent and manager who looks like you and knows the challenges you will have to face is immeasurable, and to have casting directors who can view talent through a different lens will be a game changer in our industry." - Tonya Williams, Actress, Producer, and Founder & Executive Director, Reelworld Screen Institute.

Casting Directors, Agents, Manager Profiles

Tsholo Khalema
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Tsholo Khalema

Actor & Director

Cara Douglas
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Cara Douglas

Emerging Casting Director

Abby Ayoola
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Abby Ayoola

Executive Producer

Gregory Henderson
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Gregory Henderson

Lifestyle Marketing

Katrina Lopes
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Katrina Lopes

Artist Manager (Music)

Jessica Carter
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Jessica Carter

Emerging Manager

Rachel Osbourne
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Rachel Osbourne

Film Marketing

Tsenu Zelleke
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Tsenu Zelleke

Public Affairs and Policy Management

Glenda Clarke
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Glenda Clarke

Emerging Agent

Jae Leacock
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Jae Leacock

Emerging Manager

Jennifer Irons
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Jennifer Irons

Founder of META Agency

Producer Profiles

Keda Edwards Pierre
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Keda Edwards Pierre

Actor & Socialpreneur

Audra Gray
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Audra Gray

Actor & Producer

Chibie Okoye
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Chibie Okoye

Producer

Sheldon Shaw
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Sheldon Shaw

Film Producer/Editor

Louis Mercier
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Louis Mercier

Actor

We acknowledge the support of the Government of Canada through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario.

For sponsorship opportunities contact Pahull Bains at pahull@reelworld.ca

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