I’ve worked in the Creative Industry for most of my career and it’s an industry I love, like a best friend. As an industry it never ceases to amaze me with its talent and the way in which it responds and evolves almost overnight, and especially in times of trouble.
Like all industries it has its issues and perhaps in this case the issues come from the speed in which it has grown and responded to the external needs, rather than taking time to address what’s going on internally. And perhaps the sudden growth in which it’s seen in recent years has also co-incided with the growth of the HR industry and so the two haven’t twained comfortably because one is there as a reaction to the other.
But as with all things golden there is a moment when we have to catch our breath and say we can be better. It is this moment that is beginning to rise and I have to say I have never felt so excited, professionally, as I do now! What a time to be in the industry.
With issues such as Mental Health and Well-being, Diversity & Inclusion and the Me Too movement, the industry is looking down the barrel at some gritty, hard to tackle issues. But in order for it to continue to develop the incredible work it does, for the audiences that are more and more savvy and aware, it must be bold enough to take actions to address these issues. For the industry to be taken seriously, for it to grow and avoid imploding internally it must begin to tackle these issues at a grass roots level. This is more than big guns policy and showcase events but addressing that with growth comes acceptance, and asking for help is imperative.
I have seen in my 20+ years in the industry some great supporters come and go. Organisations that are there to support the industry, from recruiters to apprenticeship providers, to accountants and HR. What I’d like to see is a focus from the industry on using these operational suppliers to support them. For those of us, like me, who have grown up with the industry it is as important to us, as it is to you, that we keep the essence of the industry but help you grow effectively.
It is our time to rise, together, so lets embrace what we can.