Diversity, now there’s a hot topic! Have a seat. I’ll tell you what I believe.
I was raised in a military family and anyone who has been knows inherently that you tow the mark or pay the consequences. My parents always taught me as a matter of honor, integrity and respect that people are people, regardless of their skin color, religious beliefs, political beliefs, sexual preferences, or anything else for that matter.
If they exhibit honorable intentions, have integrity, respect others and are genuinely good people, there’s no reason for a bunch of drama. It’s called diversity and equality. In general, you stand with your fellow human, in good times and bad, ups and downs, and offer a leg up whenever possible. Frankly, that was (is) considered pretty forward thinking from people that were born in 1920.
The point here being - why is there such discord among us with regard to equitable pay for women, positions for people of color (because we are all “of color”) and general discord in the population? Particularly in the film industry. If someone works hard, does a good job, has a good attitude and is a genuinely good person (hmm…this sounds familiar), they should be considered as eligible as the next person for anything; again, regardless of all of the labels we have assigned throughout our community.
There’s absolutely no reason for discord and shenanigans on set, at the Oscars, in the office or anywhere else. Pardon me for saying so, but it’s all crap. We have not achieved true equality until it no longer has to be a conversation. Its real when its inherently how we behave. Diversity in the workplace, or anywhere else, should be a given, a standard, not an afterthought. It makes sense to me and it is how I build the community for my team.
On the set during an Anvil Springs production, we are fair and direct at all times, have an open door policy (not just lip service) and address issues as they come up with all parties involved. We understand that everyone has a right to the opportunity to find mutual resolution so that we can make continuous movement forward. There is zero tolerance with regard to substance abuse, racism, abuse of anyone or anything - which includes animals - and we believe in honesty, integrity, and respect for one another.
Bottom line…we understand that harnessing the uniqueness of each individual is what makes us stronger and whole as we work together. There is no room for narrow mindedness, unfairness or prejudice - anywhere or anytime. We don’t know the battles anyone is facing, so be kind…always. There’s no time for anything else. Enough said.
CEO - Anvil Springs Entertainment