Quinta Brunson

While Quinta Brunson’s true fans already know how she became the amazingly talented actress and creative she is today, others probably think her fame came quickly. Well, I'm here to tell you that things weren't just handed to Brunson. It took years of hard work and effort for her to get to where she is now. Initially starting her career by posting comedic videos to her Instagram, Brunson went on to work as a video producer for BuzzFeed. She even sold two of her web series to the company, one called Broke, which streamed on YouTube Premium (formerly YouTube Red), and the other called Up for Adoption, which was on the go90 video platform. Unfortunately, Brunson hit a roadblock in her career path in 2018 when two TV pilots she shot didn't end up being picked up. But that didn't slow her down. She went on to star in TV shows like iZombie, A Black Lady Sketch Show, and Miracle Workers. Her big break came when ABC picked up her workplace comedy series Abbott Elementary. Among other awards, Brunson won the 2023 Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for Abbott Elementary. While I don't necessarily want to be an actress, her winning this prestigious award was still inspiring to me. It had been over 40 years since a Black woman won this award, so seeing her make history like that was just amazing. With this win, she's opening doors for more women of color in the entertainment industry, and I couldn't be happier.
- Crystal George
Netflix Life Staff Writer

By the numbers

Brunson has come a long way from posting funny skits on her Instagram. With her massively successful workplace comedy Abbott Elementary, she has achieved a lot in a short period. Since its premiere in December 2021, the show has won four Emmys and three Golden Globes, and I'm confident the future will only bring more wins. I honestly can see Abbott Elementary going on for many years, similar to sitcoms like The Office, and even securing the title of one of the greatest television shows of all time. I mean, Brunson is a creative genius, and she always comes up with fresh, new material with every new season. Viewers will always be entertained watching this show, and that's one major factor that will keep a show on the air.

Why you should be paying attention to this person in 2024

While it's unclear what new projects Brunson will work on beyond the third season of Abbott Elementary now airing, I still recommend keeping an eye on her. She has a multi-year overall deal with Warner Bros. TV, where she'll be creating original content for multiple platforms for the studio. Who knows, maybe a new project of hers will be announced soon.