Living with an Arts wage
Location: Ada Slaight Hall | 585 Dundas St. E., Toronto, ON
We’re all familiar with the financial woes of being a creative, especially as the cost of living increases at an unsustainable rate. Join RPFF and BIPOC TV + Film in a discussion with creatives on how they keep themselves afloat in the arts and culture industry. Find out the different jobs they’ve taken on to sustain themselves and how they manage their time and mental health in order to keep pursuing their art.
Speakers and panelists
Ashutosh Sharma Moderator
Ashutosh Sharma is an Indian-born writer, and media professional currently residing in Toronto, Canada. In his current role as the Community Engagement Manager at BIPOC TV & Film, Ash curates special events, masterclasses, workshops and panels for the BIPOC community. When not working at his day job, he’s always looking for motivation to write.
Betty Xie Panelist
Betty Xie is a filmmaker, podcaster, and career coach. Most recently, she directed the animated series Uprooted: The Plantemic on CBC Gem. Her podcast The Everyday Talent Podcast features freshest insights on managing creative careers and won the 2023 Golden Cranes Award for Best Show for Arts and Creativity.
Yazmeen Kanji Panelist
Yazmeen Kanji is a Muslim Indo-Caribbean documentary and narrative filmmaker, the Advocacy and Outreach Lead at BIPOC TV & Film and the founder of Films With A Cause – an advocacy and consulting startup.
Maryam Remtulla Panelist
Maryam Remtulla is an award-nominated Toronto based filmmaker and producer. She has worked in Canada and internationally over the last six years, working on a diverse set of projects. Maryam began producing full time working on branded content, advertisements and educational videos. In this, her clients were some of the top corporations, including Four Seasons, TEDx, UNICEF and CORUS Entertainment. Her first broadcasted film is titled The Photographer, and is available on CBC gem.