“Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could all be a little more gentle with each other, and a little more loving, have a little more empathy, and maybe we’d like each other a little bit more.” – Judy Garland
We have always valued the collective sum of individual differences, life experiences, and self-expression. Part of our ethos at Juice Film is to ensure an inclusive environment regardless of one’s sexual orientation, gender identity, race, age, religion or disability.
Throughout the month of September we’ll be exploring themes of inclusivity and transformation, celebrating love, equality, freedom and diversity. We are one small part of creating a greater awareness around the need for tolerance which can only be achieved through acceptance, respect and kindness.
In our first installation, we meet one of our industry’s power couples affectionately known as The Kims. Kim Forbes (owner of Forbes Talent Boutique) and Kim Fowler (Freelance Production Manager) embody the idea of diversity as an inter-racial same sex couple. The two Kims have been together for 9 years and are currently engaged to be married in November.
FREE TO BE: A MODERN DAY LOVE STORY…
Kim Fowler: We both have different answers. I would say we met in June of 2012 and Forbsie would say 2 months before, but she can’t remember the date or month and I only remember meeting her in June.
What’s the title of the current chapter of your life?
Wedding Bells & All Thing Wild
Have you ever felt prejudiced against being an inter-racial, gay (lesbian) couple?
We haven’t felt prejudiced in the sense of us being an inter-racial couple. We have in the terms of being a same sex couple. In recent years we have felt more inclusive in the grand arena of the world but we think we will always come across closed minded people that have a predisposition to our same sex relationship.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? Or can you tell us your words of wisdom you live by?
Fowler: The best piece of advice I’ve ever received is ‘know your worth’. The words I live by would probably be “tomorrow is not promised so do everything you want to do in this life and don’t put anything off for one day.”
Forbes: Forbsie’s words of wisdom to live by is “Mom knows everything and they are always right!”
What has been your biggest career challenge to date?
Forbes: My biggest career challenge is believing in myself for every big step I take in my career.
Fowler: If you asked me a few years ago I would have said the leap from being a production coordinator to becoming a production manager. I was in a comfort zone and the fear of not being ready or experienced enough held me back for perhaps a year or two. However now I would say my biggest career challenge is currently unfolding as I look to the future to find what my next steps are in terms of growth.
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
Forbes: The highlight of my career is finding out that I can be good at something even while complaining and swearing on the sidelines.
Fowler: The highlight of my career are the connections and relationships that are built with the people that I work with.
Do you think that there has been progress in our industry with regards to diversity and inclusion?
We think there has been progress with regards to inclusion. With regards to diversity there has been more need or want to have more diverse crew and talent, however we think more could be done to empower, teach and assist people with lesser opportunities.