Slice of Pie is a new TMZ franchise, featuring amazingly talented people of color who had trouble making their mark in the entertainment industry.
Our goal here is to raise awareness on behalf of marginalized voices and innovators – people with great stories to tell – and to make sure that the people who control the industry see what they bring to the table.
Antonio Canadi He’s a screenwriter for a YouTube web series who wants to write for major broadcast networks … but says that being black makes it difficult to get a job in Hollywood.
Antonio wrote on a show called “The Chronicles of PB and Jay,” but as told to TMZ Lauren Lorosa He was told by Eggs that his looks – tattoos, black skin, and muscles – might scare hiring folks off.
It’s so annoying … Early in his career in Hollywood, Antonio says he’s asked to stop playing sports, and whenever he gives interviews to write poses on TV shows, he should make sure to break the ice and put the rest of the people in the room at ease.
While Antonio says he has dealt with stigma and racial prejudices, he says it’s important for black creatives looking to gain a foothold in Tinseltown that they remember this … Create your own content and let Hollywood come to you.
Antonio warns black people not to fall into the trap of focusing on knocking on doors in Los Angeles … instead, he says it’s important to stay true to yourself, and success will follow. You just have to come up with your thoughts first.