Brit Marling & Issa Rae Spotlight
Whether you're creating marketing campaigns or creating a hit TV show, you probably wear multiple hats at work. Brit understands the opportunities and challenges of that as well as anyone: she regularly approaches her projects as an actor, a writer, and a producer. Mostly recently, she created, co-wrote, produced, and starred in Netflix's hit series The OA. Issa is proof that YouTube didn't kill the TV star—quite the opposite, in fact. Based on the success of her YouTube web series Awkward Black Girl, Issa has gone on to co-create and star in HBO's critically acclaimed series Insecure. If you're a scrappy content creator with big dreams, prepare to meet a new role model in Issa.
Brit Marling made an indelible mark at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival as the first female multi-hyphenate to have two films premiere side by side. She starred, co-wrote and coproduced in Another Earth directed by Mike Cahill as well as Zal Batmanglij’s Sound of My Voice. Both earned critical acclaim and Marling received Independent Spirit Awards nominations in the categories of Best First Feature, Best First Screenplay for Another Earth, and for Best Supporting Female and Best First Feature for Sound of My Voice. In 2013, Marling reteamed with Batmanglij to co-write and co-produce The East, which she starred in opposite Alexander Skarsgård and Ellen Page. She then went on to partner with Mike Cahill again on I Origins in which she co-starred with Michael Pitt. Marling starred in Daniel Barber’s 2015 The Keeping Room alongside Hailee Steinfeld, Muna Otaru and Sam Worthington. Most recently she partnered with Batmanglij to create, co-write, and produce Netflix’s Original Series, The OA, which she stars in as The OA. Additional credits include AJ Edwards’ The Better Angels opposite Diane Kruger and Jason Clarke; Robert Redford's The Company You Keep, costarring alongside Redford, S
With her own unique flair and infectious sense of humor, Issa Rae's content has garnered over 25 million views online and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress for her hit show, HBO's Insecure. Issa's web series, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, was the recipient of the coveted Shorty Award for Best Web Show and her first book, a collection of essays, is a New York Times Best Seller. Issa has graced the cover and pages of major national media outlets including Essence, The Hollywood Reporter, Vanity Fair, The New York Times, CNN, VOGUE, TIME, with appearances on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Good Morning America, The View, and more.