The Open Up Podcast

Elliot Knight & Studio Hendricks

The Open Up Podcast pulls back the curtain on diversity in the entertainment industry through candid conversations with diverse creatives, hosted by actor Elliot Knight. Find us on socials @theopenuppod and say hi at hello@theopenuppodcast.com - New episodes Sundays!

Joshua Katcher on Femme in Fashion and the Reality of TV | "We're perpetuating harmful systems"
Aug 7 2022
Joshua Katcher on Femme in Fashion and the Reality of TV | "We're perpetuating harmful systems"
Entrepreneur, activist and educator Joshua Katcher opens up the world's of TV and Fashion to take us behind the scenes of his own journey navigating masculinity and femininity in an industry of historical "fashion gay" cliches, the exclusion of exclusivity, and his belief that "gender neutral fashion is the future" in the compassion fashion revolution. Also, Joshua shares his thoughts on the world of Reality TV, where it thrives and falls, and what the ultimate point of it is if not to drive us forward.Joshua Katcher is a fashion entrepreneur, author, educator and vegan cheesemonger who has taught at Parsons The New School and LIM college, and has lectured internationally and lobbied in the United States for sustainable and ethical fashion. In 2019 he published Fashion Animals, the first book dedicated to understanding how and why animals are exploited in the fashion industry.Katcher was named one of the Top 20 Most Influential Vegans of 2019 by Veg News Magazine. He launched the first vegan, ethically-made menswear fashion brand, Brave GentleMan in 2010 after launching the first men's vegan lifestyle website The Discerning Brute in 2008. VOGUE says that, "The full scope of Katcher’s ethical commitment is rather head-spinning, just as it is to gape about his Williamsburg shop, with its complete future-is-now men’s range". Katcher was awarded "Menswear Brand of the Year, 2016" and "Most Influential Designer of 2015" by PETA. He is a contributor to Business of Fashion, CFDA News and Plant Based News and has been interviewed on major networks, such as PBS News Hour as a fashion expert.In 2017, Katcher cofounded RIND, a French-style, plant-based cheese company, and in 2020 he launched CIRCUMFAUNA, a data and research-driven platform to bypass animal inputs in fashion.CIRCUMFAUNABrave Gentleman
Candice Patton on quiet abuse in TV & Film | "I could get eaten alive out here"
Jul 3 2022
Candice Patton on quiet abuse in TV & Film | "I could get eaten alive out here"
TW // Racism, misogyny. Actor Candice Patton (The Flash) opens up about her experiences as the Black Female lead of the hit genre show, navigating depression and fighting to survive a set that drove her "so down [she had] no place left to go but up."Candice's work as an actress has proven her to be a versatile and dynamic talent in the entertainment industry. She currently plays the role of ‘Iris West-Allen’ on The CW’s hit superhero series, The Flash, based on a costumed crime-fighter with the power to move at superhuman speeds. Premiering in October 2014, the pilot became the second-most watched premiere in the history of The CW and the show won the People’s Choice Award for “Favorite New TV Drama” that same year. Patton’s work on The Flash has earned her three Teen Choice Awards nominations in the categories of “Choice TV: Breakout Star” and “Choice Action TV Actress.” She also won the Saturn Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in 2017 for her work on the series. Her other television credits include CBS’ The Game, NBC’s About a Boy and ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy. Candice is a passionate advocate for racial justice, and through her work with the WILD ELEMENTS Foundation, in which she has just Co-Directed her first project, she is excited to bring her expertise to the conservation space and help increase awareness and action surrounding environmental justice issues.Thanks for listening to the episode! If you enjoyed, remember to rate and review - the podcast runs on 5 stars! You can find us at:@theopenuppod - Instagram, TikTokhello@theopenuppodcast.com - EmailArt by Nien-Ken Alec Lu - @nkalecluTheme Music by Ad$0me - @ads0meMusic by J Abhol - @jabholProduced by Jemma Hendricks - @studio.hendricksHosted & Created by Elliot Knight - @itselliotknight