S2 Episode Three - Tatiana Lee: Disability, Visibility, and Diversity
Tatiana Lee is an award-winning actress, disability activist, and model who has appeared in campaigns for Target, Zappos, Apple and more. She's also the Hollywood Inclusion Advocate at RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to fight stigmas and advance opportunities so people with disabilities can fully participate in all aspects of community. This episode, Fanshen and Anya chat with Tatiana about her journey toward a career in front of the camera, representing disability on the big and small screen, identifying as a disabled Black woman, and self-care in the midst of it all.
Guest Tatiana Lee Tatiana Lee is an award-winning actress, international model, and Hollywood influencer. She serves as a Hollywood Inclusionist at RespectAbility, a non-profit organization whose mission is to fight stigmas and advance opportunities for people with disabilities. Growing up in Coatesville, Pennsylvania, she felt invisible because she did not see anyone who looked like her in popular media – and when she told people of her ambitions to be an actress and model, they laughed. Nevertheless, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue her acting career and learned how to harness the power of social media to speak boldly about accessibility and inclusion in mass media. She soon became the voice behind AccessibleHollywood.com where she highlights her journey as an actress, model and lifestyle influencer born with Spina Bifida. She was in one of Apple’s first ad campaigns featuring people with disabilities using Apple’s accessible features and products, and her credits include the 2018 Disability Film Challenge Best Awareness Film, “Footloose,” and “Coffee with Tim Cook, CEO of Apple” to name a few. She has also appeared in modeling campaigns for Target, Zappos, Apple, and more. She was the 2018 recipient of the Reeves Acting Scholarship from The Christopher & Dana Reeves Foundation for her contribution to further disability inclusion in film and media. Tatiana is currently taking on acting, modeling campaigns, speaking engagements, consulting on film & tv projects, accessibility, diversity & inclusion trainings. thejtclist.com In the deep podcast we discuss the importance of activism as artists and meet the talented award-winning actress, international model, and Hollywood influencer Tatiana Lee. Tatiana serves as a Hollywood Inclusionist at RespectAbility, a non-profit organization whose mission is to fight stigmas and advance opportunities for people with disabilities. Media and Social Media play a vital role in the influence upon societal values and peoples fixed beliefs. Whether it’s people with disabilities, people of colour, people in the LGBTIQ Communities, gender roles, agesim, body image or self worth. Much of our views on the roles of artists come down to unrealistic expectations and stigmas that the media not only continue to enforce but as we’ve learned in these strange new times, often exasperate. Whilst its never easy to have these conversations, we must open our hearts and minds to the experiences of others because only then will we truly understand the importance of empathy. It is only when the world can find itself without conversation about these issues we know the change has been created. Tatiana is a passionate woman, that has a drive unlike no other. Listening to her I not only have the power to learn more about myself, I learn more about those in the world that fight battles I could never even imagine. Being a true artists is more than just the glitz and glamour, its about creating space for people to be seen and heard. This woman is loud and proud, and it’s impossible not to be inspired by her. Links IMDB Respectability
In this episode, I chat with Tatiana Lee. She's an actress, model, and activist that was born with Spina Bifida. We talk about disability in Hollywood and her mental struggles as a person with a disability and a person of color.
Sitting Pretty: The New Narrative #4 (Guest Tatiana Lee)
Sitting Pretty: The New Narrative
In episode four of Sitting Pretty: The New Narrative host Lauren "Lolo" Spencer chats with Tatiana A. Lee, about her journey from being a model and actress with Spina Bifida to becoming a powerful Hollywood Inclusionist.
Ep. 41: Accessibility Warriors with Tatiana Lee and Mia Schaikewitz
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Today we are joined by Tatiana Lee and Mia Schaikewitz . Tatiana and Mia are not only rockstar advocates fighting for diversity inclusion, they are both actresses and dancers following their dreams in sunny Los Angeles. Tatiana Lee was born with Spina Bifida and Mia suffered a great loss at the age of 15, after an Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM) had ruptured in her spinal cord, leaving her without the use of her legs. Both women are not stopped or hindered by their wheelchairs, and in fact they OWN IT! And when we say own it, we mean it! Both women not only act and work in the industry, but they are both dancers with a company called Infinite Flow which is currently doing an auditorium school tour to show that nobody has to be limited just because of limited mobility. December 3rd is International Persons with Disabilities Day and these ladies are doing a met-up in LA at Rush Street 9546 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232 from 7-9pm Dec 3rd . Please feel free to join us for an evening of drinks and fun! We will be there so if you see us, lease come say hi! Tatiana Lee: https://www.instagram.com/mstatilee/?hl=en Mia Schaikewitz: https://www.instagram.com/miaschaikewitz/?hl=en https://www.sincerelymia.com/ Mentioned: Infinite Flow Dance: https://www.infiniteflowdance.org/ Accessible Hollywood: http://accessiblehollywood.com/
What happens when you want to follow in your dancing Mother's footsteps but you're born with a birth defect that makes you unable to walk? Actress and model, Tatiana Lee has found a community that shares the passion for inclusive dance and tells us about the process she undergoes to make dancing accessible for herself and able-bodied dance partners.