As a multi-hyphenate award-winning writer, producer, director, actress, and activist, Gloria Calderón Kellet gives Latines the representation we deserve.
Gloria Calderón Kellett knows how to leave an impact on and off the screen. As a multi-hyphenate award-winning writer, producer, director, actress, and activist, she has honed in on all her talents to not only make her dreams come true but also her family’s and her community’s. Through all of Gloria’s accomplishments in showbiz, the one common thread amongst all of them that she does with the utmost care and integrity is being a storyteller that gives Latines the representation we’ve been starved of, both in numbers and in how we’re depicted on screen.
As the proud daughter of Cuban immigrants, hard work has been engrained in her blood, garnering her 17 producer credits, 17 writing credits, 18 acting credits, and 11 directing credits on shows like One Day at a Time, With Love, The Horror of Dolores Roach, Jane The Virgin, How I Met Your Mother, and many more. She doesn’t stop there: Gloria is a champion for women, the Latino/a/x/e community, and other disenfranchised voices and advocates through her positions, memberships, and mentorship work at The Television Academy, the UNTITLED LATINX PROJECT, ReFrame, the Latinx House/Adelante, the Latino Film Institute, LACollab, The Youth Cinema Project, Pillars Artist Fellows, The Creative Coalition, Celebrity Ambassador Cabinet for The National Hispanic Media Coalition, Scriptation, and many, many more.
Gloria doesn’t just talk the talk, she walks the walk, even on the picket lines, and we are grateful for the impact that she continues to create for all of us in and out of Hollywood.
How do you define being a Latina of Impact?:
I define it as the acknowledgment that I am embracing my purpose, fearlessly occupying space, and unapologetically shining my light in the hope that it inspires others to do the same.
How does your WHY play a role in your mission, vision, and work you do in this world?
‘My why’ is something I talk about a lot. ‘My why’ is my grandparents, who bravely sent their children to the US to pursue freedom. I am a first-generation US-born Latina, and I owe it to them to thrive.
What is your vision for Latinas in your respective space, and how do you see supporting emerging Latinas who also want to make an impact like yourself?:
My vision is that we continue to take up space. There is still a deep erasure of our community in culture, TV, film, etc. I would love for there to be more of us and for the movement to take hold.
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