If Magazine takes a look at why the Equity Diversity Committee was formed.
The reason, she says, is that when actors do voice their opinions, they are “vilified” on social media. Tan has joined Equity’s Diversity Committee, which was formed in July and aims to promote and advocate the principles of diverse casting and to foster more opportunities for Equity members from diverse communities.
“We hope the committee will give an organised voice for actors, instead of actors being seen as whinging because they are not getting work,” says Tan, who plays the Asian mother of one of the lead boys in Matchbox Pictures’ upcoming ABC series Nowhere Boys.
Tan says, “After graduating from NIDA I struggled to get an agent and was typecast in roles so I have pursued a filmmaking path.” Currently she is shooting a YouTube series, Minority Box, in which she asks actors from diverse backgrounds (the first two episodes feature Asian women and Indian men) about their experiences and outlook.