Inclusivity in Creative Industries Panel

PANEL / $5 SUGGESTED DONATION / ALL AGES / Hear creative professionals share their experiences working in industries that have historically excluded people on the grounds of their gender identification, sexuality, race or cultural background. In a moderated conversation, we'll discuss the current climate of inclusivity in fields of music, film and technology. Panelists will highlight resources within their respective industries that have provided safety or support.

Panelists: Jasmine Aguilar (Nix Hydra), Cris Cardenas (VICE), Elene Perry (Echo Park Records), Pauline Lay (Pehrspace)

Moderator: Lauren Mahon

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About the panelists:

Cris is a trans/gender-nonconforming (they/them) post-production coordinator for Vice Media. They have freelanced on documentary films such as Twenty Feet from Stardom, Where Soldiers Come From and behind the scenes for FX’s American Horror Story. Cris is hitting their 2 year mark working for Vice and thoroughly enjoys the fact that they have helped bring obscure stories from all over the world to air. When not working, they enjoy exploring random grocery stores and parading their extremely attractive pitbull puppy around Echo Park Lake.

Pauline is a musician and community organizer who has participated in multiple creative communities in or near Los Angeles during the past two decades. She has been involved with the DIY music and art space, Pehrspace, since its 2006 inception, and has been the main curator and manager for the Historic Filipinotown space since 2009. She is a perpetual performer, enthusiastic improvisor, and frequent collaborator with many local musicians. Her constant exploration of creative communities, sound, and space provides her with the drive to build and support environments for sincere and creative people to share their talents.

Elene is the day-to-day manager at Echo Park Records, handling daily operations and assisting in the management of Chromatics, Glass Candy, Melody's Echo Chamber, Todd Edwards, Poolside, and LA band The Tracks. She previously interned at Columbia in the A&R and Licensing departments and at Mad Decent from 2011-2012, where she primarily organized label assets for releases, moderated the website and message board, and assisted with production for the LA Mad Decent Block Party in 2011.

Jasmine is a queer femme of color with a deep love for games, geekery, and all things adorable. Her ultimate goal as a game developer is to create more welcoming game experiences for womxn and femmes of all ages with friendly, colorful, and unapologetically feminine games. In her 3 years of being in the gaming industry, Jasmine has worked on games such as Egg!, a super advanced virtual mobile pet game, and BondFire, an analog game about sharing stories with friends for s'mores.