Name: Patrika Darbo
Peer Group: Performers
New or Returning Governor? Returning
Describe your day job: Auditioning or working as an actor. Mentoring other performers and working with a number of charitable organizations.
Credits of which you're most proud: Winning the first Best Actress Emmy in the Short Form category for Acting Dead.
Why did you want to be a Television Academy governor? To learn more about the organization and to work for other performers.
What do you hope to accomplish as a governor? As a whole, performers who are not stars are not treated well, and most bring it on themselves.
I would like to change that and garner more respect for my fellow performers, but that starts with educating the performers themselves first.
I hope to be able to have my fellow performers see that if they are respectful, they will garner respect too. As performers, we all had to meet certain qualifications to be in this organization.
These qualifications are the same ones your fellow performers had to meet. We are all on the same plane. The difference is that some of our fellow performers have moved up the ladder of success more quickly to become the stars they are.
The Television Academy is an organization of professionals, no matter the celebrity. We earned the right to be here. Know your worth, honor your worth, be respectful, be professional.
Why is the Academy important to the industry? We honor excellence in our industry. We are professionals judging other professionals who work to make the television industry the best it can be. The Academy shines a light for the world to see on just how fabulous television is now and how great it will be in the future.