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Emerging Talent to Watch: Summer 2020

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Emerging Talent to Watch: Summer 2020

By: Jill Robben, Client Manager, and Dylan Froom, Manager, Celebrity and Influencer

In today’s social media and streaming environment, it only takes one big role for up-and-comers to become overnight sensations.

For Millennials and Gen Zers, this sudden ascent includes watching their social following quickly grow from a few thousand to millions of people anticipating their next posts. TMA tracks social trends, film releases, and buzzy shows to predict which new talent will become big names.

Check out some of the people and shows on our radar.


Taylor Perez is an American actor who has been seen in Embes and High Expectatasians.  His breakout role was the highly acclaimed film Kissing Booth 2 alongside Joey king and Jacob Elordi. With the premier of Kissing Booth 2, Perez has become the latest Gen Z “heartthrob,” with his Instagram following quickly rising to over 3.8M followers in a matter of days.


Maisie Richardson-Sellers is an English actor best known for her role in DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. Richardson-Sellers starred in the Netflix film Kissing Booth 2, the sequel to the popular Gen Z favorite rom-com. With the release of the film, her fame is expected to skyrocket.


Toni Watson, better known by her stage name Tones & I, is an Australian singer and song-writer best known for her song “Dance Monkey,” which spent 24 consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the ARIA Singles Chart, and “Never Seen the Rain.” In August of 2019, she released her debut extended play with rave review.


Sam Feldt is a Dutch DJ, record producer and entrepreneur, best known for his hit remake of Robin S.’s song “Show Me Love,” which peaked at No. 4 on the UK Singles Chart, as well as charting globally. In 2017, he was ranked on DJ Mag’s “Top 100 DJs.”


Alexxis Lemire is an American actor best known for Netflix’s hit film The Half of It, which was widely received among young audiences. With the release of The Half of It, her Instagram following grew over nine times in three months. With the popularity of this film, her celebrity is expected to grow in the coming year.


Shira Haas is an Israeli actor best known for the Netflix drama Unorthodox, which received rave critic and audience reviews and earned Haas an Emmy nomination for her role. Haas has starred in a number of Israeli films and is expected to make her mark on the American film industry. Haas has recently appeared in several high-profile magazines such as Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. With the release of Unorthodox, her social following nearly doubled.


Finn Cole is an English actor best known for his role in the fan and critic favorite BBC series Peaky Blinders, which will return for its 6th season later this year. He currently stars in TNT’s Animal Kingdom which is also slated to premier it’s fifth season this year.


Laura Harrier is an American actor who has recently rose to stardom with projects including Ryan Murphy’s Hollywood, Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman, and Spider-Man: Homecoming. In the upcoming year, Harrier will star alongside Daveed Diggs and Meslissa McCarthy in The Starling.


Chloe Fineman is an American comedian and actress currently starring on Saturday Night Live. Fineman has become widely-known for her spot-on impersonations of celebrities including Carole Baskin, Timothee Chalamet, and Britney Spears, among many others


Andy Allo is an Cameroonian-American actress and singer best known for Pitch Perfect 3 and Dear White People. She currently stars on the Amazon Prime series Upload. Allo has released 5 albums since 2009 and continues to work on new music.


Never Have I Ever is one of Netflix’s newest series releases by actress and comedian Mindy Kaling. The show is a coming of age comedy-drama based on the real experience of Mindy Kaling’s young life. It follows an Indian-American girl, ‘Devi Vishwakumar’ (played by breakout star Maitreyi Ramakrishnan), and her high-school experience following the death of her father. The show has been praised for it’s diverse cast and being one of the first shows focused on young Indian-Americans. Never Have I Ever has received a plethora of media attention as an example of great inclusive storytelling and Ramakrishnan has become a role mode for young women of color. The show’s first season was well received, and Netflix has already renewed it for a second season.

We’ll be watching as this list of people and shows continues to gain notoriety and acclaim. Be on the lookout for updates and more up-and-coming faces to watch.