Quinta Brunson is seeking to redefine what it means to be self-made.

Brunson – a native of Philadelphia – began her career creating content on Instagram and achieved internet fame with her series The Girl Who Has Never Been on a Nice Date in 2014. Instead of remaining stagnant, she built upon her newfound fanbase by producing videos for BuzzFeed and eventually writing, producing, and starring in Broke for YouTube Red; for which she received a Streamy Award nomination in 2017 for Best Acting in a Comedy.

After appearing in recurring roles for some network television shows, Brunson got her big break as a writer and comedian in Robin Thede’s A Black Lady Sketch Show – and she hasn’t looked back since. Today, she has become a power player in the television industry, coming off the success of her breakout comedy hit, Abbott Elementary on ABC.

Her contributions to entertainment, as well as the culture, led to her being honored at this year’s ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Awards.

Take a look at the 13 reasons why Quinta Brunson’s rise is no surprise to anyone who’s really been paying attention.

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