Evaluating Material from Survivors
Hire Survivors Hollywood shares recommendations on how to support survivors, and their stories, when evaluating material.
- Make sure your readers, department heads, or other folks with hiring power evaluate material based on the quality of the idea, writing, and potential, and not solely on past successes, credits, or name recognition (this is particularly important because so many survivors and Silence Breakers have faced retaliation and other career delays or lack of opportunities that make it more difficult for them to have already acquired “impressive” credits).
- Make sure you have folks who are trauma informed and familiar with issues surrounding survivors and survivor stories evaluating the materials. It is essential that stories- whether they are specifically about abuse or not- begin to be told through the lens of those who have not had as many opportunities to have their stories told, allowing for stories to move away from damaging stereotypes and tropes.
- Put out a press release indicating your partnership with Hire Survivors Hollywood with a call to action encouraging survivors and Silence Breakers to actively submit to your company and projects.
- Send out a similar notice to all appropriate professionals such as agents, managers, casting directors, and unions to encourage them to submit their clients, and inform their members of the your new efforts.