The seeds for entrepreneurship were planted in Detroit native Reagan Gomez when she was just 14 years old. It was on the set of the 1990 TV show The Parent “Hood, as the young actress observed her co-star, Robert Townsend, not only work in front of the camera, but take on roles behind the camera as a writer, director and producer. Reagan was already in love with acting — having began performing in local theater in Philly before the family moved to LA in support of her career — but at that point she knew that being the creator of her own projects were going to be a part of her journey.

 

 

That was in 1994. Today, Reagan has more then 20 years in the business not only as a working actress (one of her latest roles was on OWN’s Queen Sugar) but also as a writer, director, producer and creator of her own work — including the web series Almost Home and Surviving (which was nominated for a Gotham Award), and her own podcast, Reaganomics. On this episode of the Support is Sexy podcast, Reagan gets real about what it takes to survive in Hollywood without anyone else’s permission, how politics have affected our nation and her own world, what her evolution has taught her about herself as a woman and what she chooses to teach her daughter about feminism and the power of resistance, standing up for yourself and using your voice — and your platform — to change the world.

 

 

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On this episode you’ll learn:

  • The importance of teaching our girls to be confident and vocal.
  • How to give our girls space to express themselves.
  • Her advice to her younger self as an actress.
  • How to survive the Hollywood machine.
  • Why creating your own content is important.
  • Why she feels it’s so important for Black and marginalized women to create content.
  • How to utilize social media to support your content and connect.
  • How to build your tribe.
  • How to trust your gut.

 

FOLLOW REAGAN GOMEZ AT:

Twitter@reagangomez
Instagram@reagangomez
YouTube@ReaganGomez

 

RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE
Shelly Long
Cheers
TLC
Kris Kross
Da Brat
ABC
Black Feminism
Feminism
Intersectionality
Seinfeld
The Parent ‘Hood
Queen Sugar
Queen Latifah
Living Single
Blackish
Insecure
Surviving
Reaganomics podcast
Almost Home
Indiegogo
Barack Obama
#OscarsSoWhite
MySpace
The Cleveland Show
Seth MacFarlane
Gotham Awards
Issa Rae
Ava DuVernay
Electoral college

 

 

 

 

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