There’s been a lot of attention lately about diversity, both in terms of race and LGBT membership, which is a wonderful thing to see. I invite you to consider another aspect of diversity that is less frequently discussed: age diversity.
Lawrene Denkers is an award-winning actress who plays Professor Grinlow Caltain on our series The Spell Tutor. She has remarked to me on a few occasions that there are not a lot of quality roles for actors in her age range. In fact, when we cast JoAnn Nordstrom for a role in a Season 3 episode, it was a treat for them to be onscreen at the same time, as the two of them are usually competing at casting calls.
Behind the Camera
A few years ago, one of the member festivals of the Web Series World Cup had a submission rule stating that creators over the age of 40 need not apply. I immediately called bullshit on this with the WSWC, who contacted the festival in question and had them remove the rule. Even so, the selection bias on the part of the festival is still pretty clear.
Not every series or story is suitable for having older characters, but if you’re genuinely interested in diversity, spreading the age range out is another way to achieve it. Thanks for reading.