Elitism and Gatekeepers

June 28 (Lifestyle) — In his recent rant on Instagram, Ice Cube talked about how he feels like he is not part of the “elite” Hollywood club and how he faces additional burdens imposed by unnamed “gatekeepers.” He also said that he feels like these gatekeepers are working against him and his Big3 basketball league.

Gatekeepers are people who control access to opportunities or resources. In the context of Hollywood, gatekeepers could be studio executives, producers, or casting directors. They have the power to decide who gets to be seen and heard, and who doesn’t.

Ice Cube is not the first person to talk about the existence of gatekeepers in Hollywood. Many other artists and creatives have spoken out about how difficult it can be to break into the industry if you don’t have the right connections.

So, how can a successful elite educate gatekeepers? Here are a few ideas:

  • Build relationships. One of the best ways to educate gatekeepers is to build relationships with them. Get to know them on a personal level and show them that you are a talented and hardworking individual. Once they get to know you, they will be more likely to give you a chance.
  • Create your own opportunities. If you can’t get gatekeepers to notice you, then you need to create your own opportunities. This could mean starting your own production company, launching your own social media platform, or even just creating your own content and sharing it online. If you can show gatekeepers that you can be successful on your own, they will be more likely to take notice.
  • Speak up. If you feel like you are being discriminated against by gatekeepers, then you need to speak up. Talk to other artists and creatives who have had similar experiences. You can also use social media to raise awareness of the issue. The more people who speak up, the more likely it is that gatekeepers will start to listen.

It is important to remember that gatekeepers are not always intentional about keeping people out. They may simply be operating within a system that is already biased against certain groups of people. However, by educating gatekeepers and speaking up about discrimination, we can start to create a more inclusive industry.
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