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Storyteller Support in the Age of COVID-19

April 16, 2020

• Brandi Nicole Payne

We are living in “unprecedented times.” That’s the catchphrase of the day since COVID-19 has reared its ugly head into our world. While artists are used to seasons of uncertainty, having to navigate film & TV production’s complete shutdown, theatres going dark and events of all sizes being canceled is challenging at best and frankly terrifying for many who have seen their livelihood dry up overnight. As a company of artists and creators ourselves, some of whom have been impacted by this disease beyond loss of income, we fully understand how scary this time is for our community. And while we don’t profess to have all the answers, we’ve compiled a list of resources for artist relief and community support that we've found.


Creator Resources


Financial Relief


Health & Wellness


Community Building



Brandi Nicole Payne

Brandi Nicole Payne is an actor, writer and “artivist" who splits her time between Memphis and LA. An HBO Writers Program Fellow, Emergence Filmmakers Grant recipient and proud member of RAINN'S Speakers Bureau, her goal as a storyteller is to use her words to create community and facilitate healing.



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