RespectAbility Entertainment Professionals Lab, Summer 2023
Jayla Hodge (she/her) is an emerging multi-hyphenate creative with director, producer, writer, and actor roles under her belt. With a background in Journalism and Media Communication, Political Science, and Marketing, Jayla served in several community engagement roles, was a TED Speaker, and was a digital media & marketing manager. She is currently the Co-Founder of a digital media consulting company and a producer at ShowBlackss, a Black-owned video production company. With a wicked sense of humor and a social justice edge, she uses cinematic storytelling to highlight complex Gen Z perspectives.
After an extensive search and interview process, 20 individuals were invited to participate in the Los Angeles Cohort of RespectAbility’s 2023 Entertainment Lab taking place May 1 – June 9, 2023. This 6-week Lab aims to develop and elevate the talent pipeline of disabled entertainment professional working behind-the-scenes in television, film, and streaming, while connecting them with industry professionals and creatives. Participants include people with physical, cognitive, sensory, mental health, and other disabilities ranging in age the 20’s through the 50’s. The Lab is a recipient of The Roddenberry Foundation Impact Award.