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MADE MADE FEATURES XXXX you have to be unemployed a lot. The shows I worked on kept getting canceled, so then I would have to go to staffing season every year and staffing season is rough. You have to go and get yourself ready and excited to go and work on different shows to prove that you would be the right hire for those shows. I think everyone goes through staffing season about six times, that’s probably the greatest challenge - being able to do that. world. What’s real is that there are all different types of women. And this is a woman who had a very specific perspective and she was not written to be every Black woman. She isn’t supposed to represent all of us. She’s supposed to be a specific character at specific time with a specific mindset. I think that it’s so frustrating that there’s so few Black female characters that women identify with - that they want them to be everything. MADE: In your opinion (specifically as an African-American woman), do you believe that Black female perspectives are accurately represented and acknowledged in Hollywood? MADE: So you’re working to evolve the different types of stories you tell so all women are represented? CK: I would say that all different kinds of perspectives are not represented fully, but that’s okay. I happen to be a right-handed Black woman from Westport, Connecticut, so that’s what I write (from that perspective). I’m 39 years-old. I’m a Democrat. I am a mom. I write from that perspective, that doesn’t mean that I can’t write other kinds of characters, but I write from that perspective. Not every Black woman works in Hollywood, therefore, not every Black female perspective can be portrayed or represented. I don’t think there is a single female Black perspective. So I don’t know how you can represent that. I ask are there enough Black females making television shows? No! Are there enough Black charac ters for Black female actresses to play? No. But we’re getting there. MADE: How does the concept of diversifying ways of portraying black women show up in the hit STARZ series, Power? CK: A woman had written to me that because Ghost and Angela [characters of Power] were together, that I hated Black women. And, I am one, and I very proud of that fact. But I also think that it is so weird to me that people look at Tasha as a representative of all Black women. If you remember in the first season of Power, Tasha was like, “You can’t quit being a drug dealer, I’m not interested in that! I only want you to deal drugs.” I don’t know a lot of Black women who are like that, but what’s real is that there are people like that in the CK: I think we’re beyond the time - Thank God we’re beyond the time - where every Black character on TV has to be Claire Huxtable. Because we think that it’s cool and badass that Tasha has a gun in the back of her bustier and then Canin comes to the house and she’s like, “Uh, don’t try it”. Also, that doesn’t mean that I’m carrying a loaded weapon in my house with my kids. [Like hello!] Is that the person that you want to be? [laughs] MADE: In what way do your characters hit home on a personal level for you? CK: Every character on the show definitely represents all different parts of me. As a writer, I will tell you - this is a piece of advice every character that you write needs to have something in common with you. Because when it’s three in the morning and you’re doing your rewrite and you’re up against it, you don’t have someone else to talk to - you have yourself and your computer. You have to be able to dig within yourself to find those feelings. So when I write a scene between Angela and Tasha, I’m both of them. We have a rule which is that every character has to be right in a scene. So on Power, both characters are always right. So, what that means is that every scene has natural conflict that the audience is invested in because both characters are right. In a way we always just try to make sure that every character is right. Every scene has natural conflict, as supposed to giving someone a monologue. MADE: What habits or routines do you create made-magazine.com | 44