Amidst the day-to-day grind of trying to make ends meet, actors Coco and J struggle to build a life together. They quickly discover what they’re willing to lose, for the careers they hope to gain. Established sheds light on what we must do to fulfill our dreams and keep love alive.
Keep it Colorful
Inclusion StatementThe overall driving force of this series is its relatability. Established features people of color, the LGBTQ community, varying ages and socioeconomic backgrounds – behind and in front of the camera. We aim to give a voice to those whose stories are often untold in this country.
About The Project
When Coco and J met they knew they found a partner for life. What they didn’t know…is how difficult “making it” together would be. After their car breaks down while moving to Hollywood, they are left with little money to make LA a home. While J takes on multiple dead end jobs, Coco falls back on her degree to keep them afloat. Coco has her sights on becoming a major film action star and J wants to leave a legacy as a performer. As they see friends and colleagues move up the ranks in their careers, they wonder when they’ll see a breakthrough of their own.
Coco has dreams of being a household name on the action movie scene. She wants to wear designer fashion while kicking ass and taking names in summer blockbusters, making her a recognizable face across the globe. With her 30s reaching their midpoint, she feels time is working against her. She wants to have a family AND a successful acting career however Corene isn’t sure both are still in the cards.
James’ ambition tells him that he should be rooting himself in Hollywood but his lack of a sustainable income haunts him. He wants to feel like a provider…like he's holding down their unfurnished studio apartment. However, J’s odd jobs barely pay the bills. He sees how people back home that chose “smart” careers now have 401ks, big TVs, and can buy their special someone whatever they want. James is looking for a change…a chance to prove to everyone that a life in entertainment was the right path for him.
Rudy is a Hollywood agent whose old school style is both charming and relatable. He values face-to-face interactions in order to build lasting relationships, and doesn't believe in sending text messages unless he absolutely has to. When Rudy isn't busy booking Corene for auditions, he enjoys watching boxing matches on his 19" television and reminiscing about his days as a young Marine.
Melody does and says what most people wish they could. The most loyal and best friend to Corene, Melody drives a motorcycle, speaks her mind and owns her sexuality. Despite the confidence she exudes, Melody feels trapped in a job that doesn't utilize her intellect, empathy, or skills as an artist. She knows what she wants and has to do to live her best life, but it's the one risk she is afraid to take.
We wanted to write a story that reflected what we go through every day. Like most people, we wake up, go to work, connect with family and friends and come home to our love nest. Obviously, there is much more that goes into building a life together -- however those are the basics.
70'S VIBES ON LET'S MAKE A DEAL
Established focuses on our struggle to balance it all while trying to “make it”. To most, our dream is an impossible one, which is to make a living and raise a family on acting and acting alone. There…I said it. There is always a hesitancy of putting what you want out into the universe, for fear that someone now has a chance to shoot it down and influence you back into the typical, linear way of living.
CHILLIN' AT THE US OPEN
However, you, like us, should refuse to accept the status quo. Nothing about us has ever been that way…especially not our journey…our love.
OUR LAST DAY IN CHICAGO (2017)
We met in Chicago and found a way to make it to the West Coast after losing our car on the side of the road in Colorado. With no guaranteed work and nowhere to stay, this is where our improvisational skills came into play. Our first few nights were spent in hotels, plotting our next move and trying to find a sense of peace.
HOT DOG LOVIN' (CARNEY'S SHERMAN OAKS)
After a few short months we found jobs, made friends, and started to create something that felt like a fresh start. We made it! Well, we made it work at least. At the end of the day that is all that really matters.
LONGING FOR YOU (2017)
This is the heart of our show. Established wants to highlight what people do to make it work. Whether it’s powering through a thankless job or putting dreams on hold to survive in this collapsing economy, people find a way to thrive through it all.
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About This Team
Jalen Eason is an actor, writer, director, photographer and avid basketball player. Originally from Michigan, he received a BA in Theater from Roosevelt University in Chicago. Some of his stage productions include Fences, You Can’t Take It With You and Gunpowder. His most recent film role was in an independent project called Bernadette, which went on to the Cleveland International Film Festival in 2018. Jalen is currently signed with Rockstar Entertainment and Creative Talent Management in Los Angeles. Some of his influences are his father, Darryl Eason, actor Denzel Washington and director/screenwriter Ryan Coogler.
Cori Munro is a Chicago native and daughter of Rudolf and Beverly Munro, creators and performers of Earth Theater. She is an actress, singer, writer, director, avid seamstress and trained former ballet dancer. After receiving an MFA from Columbia College, much of her theatrical training came from Second City. Here, she studied improv and sketch comedy, and performed in their training center and various theaters throughout the Chicagoland area. She has had a role on Chicago Fire, several commercials, web series and independent projects, and been a top 60 Finalist on American Idol, Season One. Since moving to LA she has signed with Rockstar Entertainment and studies at Seven Pillars Acting Studio in Hollywood. She is also a member of SAG-AFTRA.