Equity launches Hair & Make-Up Survey for Black and Minority Ethnic Members
Koral Neil is an actress born in Chester but grew up in Middlesex, Greater London. She trained at the Identity Drama School of Acting. To date, she has starred in feature films and plays. Since transitioning to natural back in 2008, Koral has held a passion for natural hair care but found throughout her career, she struggled to receive the same level of support for her afro hair styling needs as other hair textures, on professional acting jobs.
So in 2020, Koral released a video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqufjAW8LKs&feature=youtu.be that discusses one of her personal hair experiences on a professional job as and her views on this topic, in the hopes of raising awareness of the knowledge gap that resides within her industry for her and so many of her natural-haired male and female colleagues. The video is also, a call to action for all actors, actresses, hairstylists, training institutions, and unions, to help solve this knowledge gap around afro hair styling. It is her belief that, TOGETHER, we can all make the entertainment industry a more diverse workplace not just in terms of the faces in front of the cameras but in terms of the essential skills needed behind the camera as well.
Koral is currently working in partnership with Equity Union, who invited her to become the face of their campaign which looks to address the long-standing issue of poor-quality hair and make-up support for black and minority ethnic (BME) performers and members of the union in the entertainment industry. Equity seeks to survey all UK BME performers to determine the scale and nature of this issue and to utilise the data gathered to ensure permanent, positive change for BME members. In this short video, Koral introduces the survey and campaign by talking about her personal experience of poor hair and make-up support.
For all BME UK performers, you can find the survey here, it is open until Friday 26th June 2020. You can complete the survey on an anonymous basis.