Get to Know Chantelle Dusette
Tell us a bit a bit you - your values, what you’re passionate about?
I am a self-confessed introvert, which will not match with what I'm about to say next, I'm also a writer and performer (yes, performers can also be introverts) and I'm passionate about storytelling whether on stage or screen. I want my work to change the frequency on any given subject and to help challenge and change perceptions.
Telling stories is everything, its how we survived as homosapiens (I've read the Yuval Noah Harari book) and it helps create empathy and bring people together. It was astonishing to see the impact that shows such as "I May Destroy You" by Michaela Coel and "It's A Sin" by Russell T Davies, during lockdowns, was having on audiences, helping to educate us on sensitive topics.
I believe in justice for all and feel that everyone has a right to feel seen and heard (to the degree that is comfortable for each individual).
What has been your biggest achievement so far?
Co-producing a five star an autobiographical show that I wrote called "Cancel the Sunshine" which discusses mental health, from the perspective of a young woman, against the backdrop of London.
The play was raw, fresh and energetic. I'm incredibly proud of that production and delighted I got to work with some of the most talented people. The play also helped to create a dialogue across NHS hospitals (through Sajjad Iqbal) with health professionals and service users alike. It was the first time I got to see up close the power of art and how it can make real change.
What attracted you to join TCfIL?
The desire to elevate the lived experience in the work space and to help people realise their potential and for them to thrive really excites me. It is incredible to know that in some way I could help contribute to another's success.
What has been the best lesson you have learned in your career?
Honesty goes a long way. Don't be afraid to ask questions and don't be afraid to ask for help. If you make a mistake, (which you will) we all do, own it. Learn the lesson and grow from it. And above all listen. That is so key, there is something so honouring about listening well to another person. Treat people well, let them play to their strengths and allow people to shine.
What do you hope to achieve with TCfIL?
I want to help give people back to themselves. The work I do currently at TCfIL has as strong focus on belonging, psychological safety and authenticity, which goes some way I believe to help people on that journey. We are constantly evolving and having more and more discussions about the things that matter to us as humans and I will do everything I can to help be a part of positive change.