Celebrating Disability Pride: Meet Gail Williamson, Agent for Actors with Disabilities

As part of Including You’s celebration of Disability Pride Month, I interviewed preeminent talent agent Gail Williamson, Diversity Department Head and Agent at Kazarian/Measures/Ruskin & Associates (KMR). Gail is one of the most notable talent agents in the United States to specialize in actors and models with diverse disabilities for film, television, commercials, theatre, print and live appearances.

Gail’s journey began when she was seeking roles for her son, Blair, who has Down Syndrome, and found that there were few opportunities when he started out over 30 years ago. Since then, she has helped open doors for Blair and so many other people with disabilities – many of them who are now stars! And through it all, she learned lessons that she passed on in our interview. Read on to learn more about Gail and Blair’s professional journeys, how seeing people with disabilities onscreen has promoted inclusivity offscreen, and Gail’s tips for following your creative passions!

Daisy and Gail had a great interview to celebrate Disability Pride.

Daisy: So can you tell us a little bit about your path to becoming head of the Diversity Department at KMR?