As part of our campaign to #BuildBackFairer, we’re shining a spotlight on some of the movers and shakers working in the creative and cultural sector and asking them to share their insight and advice for those at the start of their careers.
Tajpal Rathore is an actor, writer, producer, presenter and dramaturg who previously worked in TV and film for ten years before moving into theatre in 2013, when he founded Tribe Arts, an award-winning, philosophically inspired, radical-political, actor-led theatre and media production company based in Leeds. Tajpal features in episode four of our #BuildBackFairer podcast exploring diversity in the cultural sector.
Tell us one thing about your job that we probably don’t know about?
I'm an actor first and foremost, yet so many people forget this when you're the artistic director of a theatre company!
What’s the biggest challenge facing your sector right now?
Everyone acknowledges that greater diversity and representation is a challenge, but the lack of infrastructure and powerbases to support this diversity, and building/establishing these, is no joke.
If you could give your 16-year-old self some career advice, what would it be?
Never allow anyone to define what you can do, and never acquiesce to power.
What’s been the most surprising moment of your career journey so far?
Looking back and realising that I'm doing it - but always being exhaustively surprised that I have a long, long way to go.
Who’s your professional hero?
All the fearless people who have come before me in eradicating racism and achieving greater equality and recognition of the contribution of people of colour, in all its forms.
Find out more about Tribe Arts on their website.