We had the good fortune of connecting with Jazzy Collins and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jazzy, what’s the end goal, career-wise?
For many years in my career I’ve been vocal about making sure we see diversity on our screens and until the Black Lives Matter movement came to a head in 2020, no one was listening. Now companies are scrambling to figure out how to show diversity on our TV screens, but the stories are still being told by the same people, through the lens of the same people. It’s important to me to see the BIPOC community’s stories being shared in the right light and by the right people. By the end of my career, I hope to be working at my own successful production/casting company that has BIPOC in the executive roles telling stories that are often overlooked.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m an Unscripted Casting Director based in Los Angeles, CA. I had the opportunity to work on hit reality shows like Netflix’s The Circle, ABC’s The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, OWN’s Family or Fiance, and CBS’ Love Island. I’ve also been at the forefront of the movement calling for diversity and inclusion in the entertainment industry. I wrote an open letter to ABC calling for action, which was published in Deadline, E! News, ET Canada, Women’s Health, and beyond. When I was younger, I was told that I always had to work twice as hard as my white classmates because the color of my skin would be a disadvantage. And I did just that. I always took pride in working hard, observing my superiors and not being afraid to take a leap…even if you may fall right on your face. The biggest lesson I’ve learned in my career is to always stand up for what you believe in. Don’t be afraid of being “blacklisted” in the industry. Change will not come if we wait for someone else.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Los Angeles is one of my favorite cities because of the cuisine. My favorite two restaurants in Los Angeles are Charcoal Venice and Republique. My recommendations for Charcoal – the cabbage baked in embers and the 21 aged duck. Republique – You can go breakfast, lunch or dinner and never have a bad meal. The menu changes frequently, but the one thing that’s always on the menu is the bread with normandy butter. Make sure you get that as your starter – you won’t be disappointed. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would love to dedicate my shoutout to my husband Shane. He’s been my rock and mentor throughout my career. He’s always pushed me to be better, try harder and work smarter. If it wasn’t for him, I probably wouldn’t be where I am today – and for that I thank him.