No names. Nothing held back. Just honest stories. That’s the premise behind Naked Stories by Soho Media Club.
“Diversity is being invited to the party, inclusion is being asked to dance.”
This metaphor is often used in the diversity and inclusion space, but what does it really feel like when your so-called friends haven't invited you to the party? Or, you've joined the party only to be refused a drink or a dance? How would you react?
In each episode, we'll speak to an anonymous guest to uncover their true experiences of diversity and inclusion in the media industry. Stripped down and fully transparent, our guests will share stories which previously may have been too risky, painful, or controversial to talk about openly.
During the series, we'll focus in on different aspects of diversity, including:
- Gender diversity
- Sexual orientation
- Racial diversity
- Cultural diversity
These are stories of setbacks, resilience and perseverance that deserve to be heard, revealing the truth about media culture and highlighting what needs to change.
Our podcast host Roses Okhipo takes the hot seat to be interviewed about her experiences of being a female black woman with an invisible disability and trying to carve a career for herself in film and TV production.
Meet Redwood, an experienced Creative Director and TV Exec. Redwood shares his crushing stories of the systemic racism that has been perpetuated in the fabric of British media culture for generations.
Executive Producer, Dahlia has often found that her sexuality has arrived before her as an individual. Internally damaged by the bullying and constant media shaming of lesbianism in the 80’s, Dahlia now confronts her past.
Meet Lotus, a VfX producer turned mental health trainer. Anxiety, depression and bullying behaviour in the workplace drove her decision to leave the craft and now helps others.
Wheelchair user Hawthorn is a broadcaster, actor, journalist and self proclaimed punk who has no qualms about calling a spade a spade and is adamant to ensure that disability is not at the bottom of the diversity agenda.
French script supervisor, Iris is a little sass and a lot of badass. She shares her experiences of misogyny, sexism and chauvinistic behaviour in the UK and across the Channel.