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Meet Yesha Callahan

Today we’d like to introduce you to Yesha Callahan.

Hi Yesha, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I didn’t go the traditional route when it comes to journalism and tv writing. Prior to 2012, I worked in corporate HR but was always a freelance writer and blogging on my own site. In 2012, I got the opportunity to write for a late-night talk show on BET, so I left my HR career. The show was short-lived but I learned a lot from the showrunner Madeleine Smithberg, who co-created the Daily Show. After the show ended, I decided not to return to HR but instead found a staff writer position on a news site. After a couple of years, I was promoted to deputy editor and in 2018, I decided it was time to finally leave the east coast and move to Los Angeles to get back into tv writing.

Although I’m still working a journalist, the flexibility I have has allowed me to pursue other opportunities in the tv and podcasting space. So now I’m focused on pitching shows, both television and audio.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
It definitely hasn’t been smooth, especially over the last year. The media landscape is changing because of the pandemic.

Instead of in person general meetings or pitching, everything is a Zoom, which doesn’t offer the same feel. Also, although Hollywood is allegedly all about diversity nowadays, as a Black creative the hoops you have to jump through are all still there.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I’m a journalist, editor and tv writer who enjoys telling stories that may not make it to mainstream media. In my journalism career, I’m most proud of being able to humanize subjects while still being able to craft a well-told story.

I’m proud that I’ve been able to help other writers, as their editors, to hone their work and talents.

I think what sets me apart from others is that I actually care more about a story than its potential to rack up page views.

What are your plans for the future?
I’m currently in the process of pitching both tv series and podcasts. So hopefully one or both will come to fruition very soon. Besides that, I’m contemplating hitting the road and traveling across the country.

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