( ENSPIRE Entertainment ) Six Creatives Break Onto NYC’s Art Scene In “The Come Up”
ENSPIRE Contributor: Gabel Strickland
The eight-episode first season of Freeform’s latest series “The Come Up” is newly available to stream on Hulu. The documentary series gives us a glimpse into the lives of Claude Schwartz, Taofeek Abjako, Ebon Gore, Sophia Wilson, Ben Hard, and Fernando Casablancas as these six young creatives shake up their respective art scenes in New York City.
Megan Sanchez-Warner is the show’s Executive Producer/Showrunner, who you may know for “The Real Housewives of Orange County, “Love and Hip Hop Hollywood,” and other shows. The series is directed and executively produced by Jessica Chermayeff and Ana Veselic. Anne Alexander co-serves as executive producer.
The show’s six central characters are all navigating different careers, social scenes, and relationships.
- There’s Claude Schwartz, an actress and model striving to go from walking New York Fashion Week to starring in an off-broadway play
- Taofeek Abijako is the youngest fashion designer ever to showcase at New York Fashion Week and a Forbes 30 under 30
- Ebon Gore is a socialite daring to throw the most spectacular party NYC has ever seen
- Sophia Wilson is a photographer whose work can be found in Vogue, Elle, New York Magazine, i-D, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Hypebeast, Highsnobiety, Nylon and more.
- Ben Hard is a triple threat – an actor, comedian, and dancer – trying to show the city his skills
- Fernando Casablancas is a non-binary model who’s brought gender-bending fashion to the cover of Vogue Czechoslovakia – and now to NYC
“The Come Up” is a celebration of New York City’s glitzy, innovative arts scene and the Gen Zers challenging its norms and striving to make a name for themselves. It revels in its star-struck romanticism of NYC’s dazzling creative landscape, but still strives to have serious conversations about LGBT+ representation in media and the mental health issues artists can face in this environment.
Over the course of the show these talented professionals land roles, form romances, party extravagantly, and face professional obstacles, inviting the audience to marvel at all their highs and lows. If you want to watch these young artists journey up the social and professional ladder, be sure to stream on Freeform or Hulu right now.