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Meet Mahesh Kotagi and Daniel Marcha of No More Tokens! A Podcast on Diversity and Hollywood!

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mahesh Kotagi and Daniel Marcha.

Stand up comedian and actor Mahesh Kotagi and Filmmaker Daniel Marcha met when Mahesh hired Daniel’s company to film his wedding video. The two sharing common interests decided to collaborate on a number of projects, finally landing on creating a podcast called No More Tokens. They wanted to utilize the medium to bring attention to minorities that are currently being underrepresented in Hollywood and explore diversity and inclusion in the ever-changing landscape of the entertainment industry.

Mahesh’s stand up comedy has been featured on Laughs on Fox and has been part of multiple comedy festivals including the upcoming 2019 Burbank Comedy Festival. Daniel has produced series for Yahoo!, Fox Digital, and E!, and is currently helping produce content for YouTube Content Creators.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Great question – this is exactly why we started the podcast! We want to discuss how hard it is for minorities to get into the entertainment industry and all of the hurdles and obstacles we have to face. It’s hard to get started in something where you don’t see someone that looks like you doing that thing. We are slowly changing this and the landscape is becoming more inviting for everyone.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the No More Tokens! A Podcast on Diversity and Hollywood! story. Tell us more about the business.
We are a podcast that explores diversity and Hollywood. We interview and highlight filmmakers, writers, directors, actors, comedians, and producers. The episodes talk about struggles they have overcome to work in entertainment, what keeps them motivated, and where they are headed to next. This is a very positive podcast with the intention to motivate and inspire others involved or wanting to get involved in entertainment.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I think the big thing is to prepare and work hard. Hard work beats luck every time and in this industry, the only thing you can really control is how hard you work, and what you to do help others out.

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