Why The Other Box?
We founded The Other Box because we were tired of being invisible. Diversity panels with no women of colour. Creative teams made up entirely of white men. We know there are hard-working people in the industry like us – and, importantly, different to us – who have interesting stories to share. We’re here to show them off and celebrate them!
About Leyya, Co-Founder
I have always been a creative person and knew that it was this industry I wanted ‘grow up’ and be in (helped by my obsession of being the next Wilhelmina Slater from Ugly Betty). While my mum was always encouraging of this, my Grandad’s response when I chose my A-Levels was: ‘No science? No maths?’. I know I wasn’t alone in that absence of support from my elders.
Fast forward seven years, a graphic design degree under my belt, my dream job in the industry, and this growing need to make a difference...I’ve noticed that ‘diversity’ is talked about a lot, but often only in relation to gender. There’s still something missing on panels – women of colour. We need to work harder to achieve true equality and diversity in the work place, because we all benefit from it.
With an interest in the creative industry, business and equality/diversity in the workplace, I'm a busy bee - proved by my current roles...
About Roshni, Co-Founder
As a freelancer, I’ve walked through the doors of countless agencies to discover I’m the only person of colour on the creative team, and sometimes in the entire office. When I started digging deeper, I found that judging panels for big-time industry awards, and line-ups for premium ticketed events were also lacking something. They were all white and all somehow still okay with that.
In a city like London, celebrated for its diversity, creative teams are still excluding people like me, people of colour. This lack of visibility and representation is a self-perpetuating problem.
It's high time we broke that cycle.
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Header image courtesy of: @BombayNotMumbai