Diversity in the Entertainment Industry

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Diversity in the Entertainment Industry is this years hot topic. Countless bloggers and industry observers have pointed out the lack of black faces at this years movie and tv award ceremonies, but that’s just the beginning of the story. When did you last see a black cameraman, lighting technician, stage manager? There are huge questions here.

Should the established industry be doing more to engage with ethnic groups? Maybe they don’t want to talk to us? Why is that?

And what about Bollywood? Is it an argument that British born Asians are availing themselves of technical training and work experience opportunities here in the UK then transporting themselves and their skills back to the East? Is this true? What do we think about this?

Crewclass believes that it is a matter of fact that ethnic equality has been achieved, both onstage and in the studio, in the music industry. But in the staging and event production industry, at “ground level”, we have a long way to go.

Is the UK backstage production industry perceived as institutionally racist?

What are your thoughts?

 

2 Responses

  1. Jayan
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    For sure, the cultural perspectives that get shared through art and skill should be renowned more. Engineers understanding the artistic expression, emotion and how that’s sonically conveyed have different approaches and sharing that will improve dynamism.
    Indian classical music, to Nordic Vocal expression to Westen Pop/ Classical… Self balance, instrument tonality, tech approaches to convey specific emotions in capture come about through varying forms of sonic art. (Y)

    • Admin
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      Thanks for the comment, Jayan. So is it fair to say that the ball is in the court of the industry? If we talk more about the positives of an ethnically diverse technical workforce we’ll get a greater engagement with it? I take your point that a sound engineer, for example, that has an understanding of Eastern music in his or her DNA – so to speak – will probably get a better result, quicker, than one who does not. Would it be right to say that these people are willing to share the knowledge, if only they were asked?

      What about live sound? Is there, for example, a thriving community of live sound engineers and event production companies that are possibly operating “under the radar” of the wider industry? Do you, or your colleagues, have stories to tell about their experiences in this area?

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