Over a thousand attendees came out to the historic Montalbán Theatre in Hollywood for the second installation of The Hollywood Confidential panel series with Emmy® nominated television star Tichina Arnold, GRAMMY® Award winning-recording artist and actress Brandy and celebrated actress Meagan Good. Moderated by the event creator and president of Brand Maverick Entertainment Steve Jones, guests were able to join an intimate conversation of staying power and creating a legacy in Hollywood. As the presenting sponsor, Walgreen's provided participants with resources to learn about personal health including diabetes testing, flu shots and HIV testing. Walgreens Chief Diversity Officer, Steve Pemberton expressed his support by stating, "Walgreens is committed to helping people get, stay and live well, and events like this are one of the ways we deliver on that promise.”
Along with the health conscious theme there was plenty of insight shared by the energetic panel. They all shared one common thread of identifying their passion for entertainment at an early age. "I was 14 years old when I was in Little Shop of Horrors," Tichina Arnold discloses when asked how she started in the industry. She revealed that at 3 years old she was performing in church driving her family crazy and at 11 years of age she caught "the bug" with her first role. Church played a powerful role in all three ladies talent development, that's where Brandy was able to connect with her first audience which prepared her at 11 years old for a meeting with Darryl Williams at Atlantic Records. Meagan Good's foundation in church has allowed her to dedicate her life work to servicing the Kingdom, as she put it, through her production company Freedom Bridge Entertainment. Walgreens presented each panelist with the Patti Webster Legacy Award, acknowledging the excellence they exemplify in their fields.
The Hollywood Confidential succeeded in their efforts to educate aspiring industry professionals with this year's theme 'Staying Power: Building Legacy & Longevity in Hollywood.' The tone was set during the first hour of networking powered by MYX Fusions MOSCATO and delicious treats. "Having over 1,000 people in attendance only confirms that people are hungry for information, knowledge and inspiration,” stated Jones. “I’m happy to serve as an interface between aspiring artists and Hollywood to provide the tools and bridge the gap.” Steve Jones dedication was apparent as he drove impactful topics throughout the discussion. Tichina's personality & charisma definitely filled the audience with laughter and kept Jones on his toes. He surprised the panelists with a special guest, casting director Kimberly Hardin. Hardin's presence took the audience of aspiring actors by surprise and armed them with a foundation of how to create longevity in Hollywood. She believes, "there are no small roles, there's small people" since each role builds your resume, it's more about how the actor creates the feel of the character. Hardin suggested that actors do their homework and be prepared by asking questions before you get inside the audition room.