‘It almost creates a feeling of not belonging. We’re born British but we see certain things on the TV and think, where do we fit in?â€™ – Khadeeja Amaru
Khadeeja Amaru (28) from Liverpool, feels that individuals from a Black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) background are not presently been given equal opportunities in the creative industries andÂ wants to see a transformation, in front of and behind the camera.
In the UK, there is a very diverse population filled with various different cultures and races, however Khadeeja does not think this is sufficiently reflected in our media. As only 5.4%Â of workers in creative media industries are from ethnic minorities, in which she does not feel is enough.Â She says, ‘Friends of mine, who want to become actors, hold themselves back because theyâ€™ve been made to believe it wonâ€™t happen.’
Miss Amaru shares her experiences which were broadcasted on ITV on Wednesday 28th October. â€˜I always wanted to be an actress. I was in a major television series when I was 10â€¦ But after that, I found there werenâ€™t roles for people who look like me.â€™ Khadeeja says.
Khadeeja set upÂ aÂ Fixers Campaign, producing a spoken word film intended for media supervisors and demands for change for BAME individuals communities to be betterÂ represented in TV and film.
Khadeeja adds: â€˜I feel like Iâ€™ve achieved a lot.â€¨â€¨â€˜Hopefully Iâ€™ll have opened a door for someone 10 to 15 years down the line and it wonâ€™t be as hard for them.’
â€˜We canâ€™t give up.â€™
â€˜The key message Khadeeja is emphasising is that scriptwriters, directors and producers to put on our nationsÂ TV, a representation of our country, which is demonstrates â€˜just real Britain.â€™