Film and Television productions exist in 16 hour days, eating on the go, time away from family, navigating dozens of timelines, personalities, and many other professional and personal stressors. The New York Times reported in 2017 that the average life expectancy for an associate director in television and film was only 56 years old. It is overdue that we make more space in this industry for mental health support and self care.
In production, scenes may involve kink, sex, nudity, physical touch, kissing, LGBTQ layers, or any other intimate topics. Securing an Intimacy Coordinator for your set will help secure the safety of your actors while also aiding in the creative by ensuring the integrity of the director’s vision.
My work is two-fold. Let’s work together to increase the overall health of productions with both on-set certified therapists and intimacy coordinators.
NOTE: An intimacy coordinator and a therapist are two very different skill sets and responsibilities on a set. An advantage of hiring Zuri as an Intimacy Coordinator is that she also comes with the skill set of a therapist.