Inclusion starts before production does
Taking an inclusive approach in your storytelling requires two key components: authenticity and character depth. That’s what helps us break past stereotypes.
“The Compton Cowboys” (2020) features the story of Keiara Wade, the solo cowgirl of the horse rescue and youth advocacy group founded by Black people in Compton, California.
Background elements are as important as what’s in the foreground.
If you aren’t intentional with your creative choices, you run the risk of excluding people or playing into stereotypes. Think about how different groups of people - especially along socioeconomic status, race, and disability status lines - are excluded or included when deciding:
Casting, roles, and character development
Inclusive character development and casting come from intentionally inclusive scripts and strategy. Here’s how to maintain these priorities throughout the process:
Understanding identity through an intersectional lens (e.g., how age, gender, socioeconomic status, race, and other individual characteristics combine to affect an individual’s experiences) will help you cast roles for your story with intention.
Diversity involves many intersecting facets of identity, including socioeconomic status, race, family structure, mindset, and more.
Strive to represent people with intersecting identities. That means not just white women but businesswomen of color; not just Black people, but married trans Black women.
“Black Girl Magic: A Moment in Search” (2019) challenged stereotypes by seeking footage and shared Google Trends of Black women pushing boundaries outside of athleticism and entertainment.