TOP 25 EMERGING TALENT
Collective Hub has teamed up with Lexus to showcase (in no particular order) 25 UP-AND-COMERS to watch. We CELEBRATE the current crop of leaders making waves, side-stepping the status quo and inspiring POSITIVE CHANGE across the globe.
Why Lexus? Through their Next initiative, Lexus believe that to keep art forms progressing, new voices and ideas sometimes need a helping hand to break through.
We talk to the Aussie model, actress and businesswoman on building a legacy, leaning into fear, rejection and the lessons learnt from those who aren’t what they seem. By Rebecca Hanley.
“I’ve always felt different,” says Jess Gomes as she kicks off her black boots and sinks into the couch. “That’s always been the challenge for me. But now I really embrace it.”
We are perched in a suite at the QT hotel at Sydney’s Bondi Beach, Jess’ temporary home. The 31-year-old, who grew up in Perth, the daughter of a Chinese mother and a Portuguese father, is now based in LA where she’s been testing the waters of the US film scene.
“It is important to lean into fear, get out of your comfort zone. It’s good to lean into what you’re scared of,” says Jess. “My mum sent me this photo of my Year Five yearbook, and next to ‘ambition’ and I wrote ‘actress’.” >
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