While the entertainment industry had been at a virtual standstill until recently due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many artists were looking for ways to expand their skills and broaden their networks during the downtime. Actress and creator, Latisha Di Venuto, used quarantine to do just that. In her free time, she submitted to open calls with casting directors, worked on writing new scripts, and entered virtual contests which helped her catch Hollywood’s attention.
Latisha was selected as one of three grand prize winners for ClipKick TV’s debut Performers Spotlight Contest, standing out from over a thousand submissions. This gave her the opportunity to have virtual meetings with prominent casting directors, filmmakers, and managers in Los Angeles. ClipKick is a revolutionary new app where users can watch, save, and share lineups of videos from various media platforms such as YouTube, Instagram, and Tik Tok. Latisha’s lineups for the contest included her acting demo reels and two self-made music video projects. The industry judges Samantha Garrabant, Lauren Williams, and Walid Chaya were impressed with her ability to fuse humor with music and were entertained with the storylines in her videos. She believes her music videos for “Turn Up Alone” and “The Worst Token Black Chick Anywhere” are what ultimately helped propel her to victory.
Her song “Turn Up Alone” is ironically quite relevant to the times. She filmed the music video prior to the COVID-19 pandemic with some of her best friends in NYC. It tells a story of two people ditching a night out with friends to stay home alone binge watching their favorite shows and movies. It has a catchy chorus and witty lyrics that cite some of the most popular TV shows and streaming services. The lyrics also poke fun at some of the issues one may run into while binge watching TV such as the infamous, “Are you still watching” screen and being distracted by social media. Lyrical highlights include “Spending 30 on one brunch? Nope! Waste of money. 30 dollars gives me two months of premium cable dummy” and “It’s important – Disconnect. Have a date with yourself, it’s about respect. Aretha – R.E.S.P.E.C.T – Start the next episode while you’re taking a pee.”
“The Worst Token Black Chick Anywhere” is a parody of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song. It focuses on Latisha’s upbringing and how she falls short of many of the stereotypes that the media and people project on and assume about Black people. The song is funny and light-hearted but also calls out why stereotypes can be annoying at best and detrimental to society and an individual’s autonomy at worst. She believes that laughter can be a tool that opens people up to important conversations about race and media. Highlights from the video include a twerking 101 class and a basketball tournament called “Cookie Cutter Classic” where her friends proclaim, “Orange is the New Black but Tisha’s not.”
After her ClipKick win, Latisha had the incredible opportunity to have virtual coffee with Liz Thompson, an executive in development at ABC Studios through Hollywood Here Inc’s Raise the Percentage initiative. She believes it’s important for talent to foster relationships and mentorships with seasoned professionals. This gives new talent the opportunity to grow as artists while being surrounded by and learning from a trustworthy support system. As Latisha begins to go into production for her first narrative short film this winter, she is excited that she has new relationships with entertainment professionals who want to support her career as a creator.
Latisha actively works in television and as a voice-over artist. She is best known for her performance as Athena Dante in the final season of HBO’s Girls. She recently booked a role in the upcoming feature film Bobcat Moretti starring Taryn Manning, Vivica A. Fox, and Tim Realbuto. She also recently hosted an episode of Tubi TV’s The Homemade Sketch Show and was promoted to a sketch writer and performer for the upcoming second season. Ultimately, her goal as an artist is to make people laugh and feel loved through telling stories inspired by her life experiences and playing characters with big hearts, open minds, and flavorful swag. You can watch Latisha’s original content and reels on her YouTube page and can keep up with Latisha’s career by following her on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.
Latisha is represented by Innovative Artists, Avalon Management, and CESD Talent.