Musicians and Actors adjust to pandemic setbacks


Art by Marion Krowczyk

The music and film industry has positively adapted to new regulations during the pandemic. Whether hosted on Instagram Live or a Zoom Webinar, many solo and group artists have expressed their music through a screen. Many artists have had to cancel their events due to COVID-19, so artists and actors have resorted to meet and greets over zoom that are accessible to people in even more parts of the world. TV channels have also organized televised concerts such as the Disney Sing Along that featured artists at home.

New music has been released during quarantine which gave hope to the fans who missed out on the concert experience. Fortunately, popular musicians have had more time to write music for their upcoming albums and organize safe events. Also, upcoming artists have premiered their music on social media platforms like YouTube or Tiktok. While recording music at studios and filming music videos with a crew has been delayed with the addition of necessary testing and distancing, artists have had the time to fine tune their skills and come up with the best music for their fans. 

With the lack of ability to socially distance and wear masks during a movie, you may believe that filming a movie during the current COVID-19 pandemic would be near impossible unless it was, well, about the pandemic. The film Malcom & Marie, directed by the Euphoria creator Sam Levinson, stars John David Washington and Zendaya. Ashley Levinson, an accomplished director and Sam’s wife, worked with doctors and lawyers to make sure the filming abided with new laws and also ensured the safety of the cast and crew. The movie was filmed in Monterey, California at the Caterpillar House, which was made up with glass windows that allowed for great circulation. Before filming, the cast and crew were required to go under a two-week quarantine in Monterey and to complete multiple COVID tests. Once the two weeks were completed no more than 12 people were allowed on set at any given time. Temperature checks were done twice daily and all equipment was sanitized regularly. In addition to this, the actors had to dress themselves and put their own mics on to minimize crews. With these intense yet successful protocols in mind, following the lead of Malcolm & Marie might be the best way to reopen Hollywood.