Scarlette Douglas Interview
BoxHuman Meets : Scarlette Douglas
Introducing, Scarlette one of the most warmest presenters for Channel 4’s ‘A Place in the Sun’, as well as a reporter for BBC’s The One Show and Points of View.
This incredibly talented woman has not only graced our screens, and made us want to move abroad. She is an amazing performer appearing in musicals all over the world, with one being the X Factor West End Musical ‘I Can’t Sing’ produced by SYCO.
We had the honour to meet Scarlette and find out about her, and the cause that is close to her heart. So without further ado, we are excited to meet our next BoxHuman Inspire guest Scarlette Douglas…
Hi Scarlette, thank you for taking the time to speak with us. Let’s start by getting to know you in your own words. Can you please tell me a little bit about you?
Hi, I’m Scarlette Douglas, a TV Presenter that is most famous for my role on Channel 4’s, A Place in the Sun. I also report for The One Show, I’m the presenter of a new Channel 4 prime time show called Last Minute Holiday Secrets, the voice of Capital Xtra and I am the voice of MTV Movies.
That’s very impressive! Can you please tell us – How and why did you get into TV presenting – What inspired you to do this and why?
I used to do musicals and did them for eight years. The last show I performed in was called I Can’t Sing! the X Factor musical. It closed early unfortunately, but that spurred me on to focus on a new found love of mine at the time, presenting.
I went on tour with Ant and Dec on their Saturday Night Takeaway Arena Tour, and being with them confirmed presenting was exactly what I wanted to do. I quit musicals and put all of my energy into building this new career.
As a property developer, I used my expertise to help me get on screen and I’ve never looked back!
“Lead with love and love will follow. If we approached every situation with love and not hate, the results would be mind blowing. So, that’s my challenge for all of you, lead with love and watch the love you’ll get in return.” – Scarlette Douglas
That’s very interesting! Tell me, what is your proudest achievement so far within your career and why?
My proudest achievement to date would have to be winning two awards for best TV Presenter. Both were hugely unexpected, especially as I was up against some great names.
If anyone wants to get into television, go for it. There are so many outlets nowadays and ways to put content in front of the right people, so have faith, believe in yourself and don’t give up.
Find your USP (Unique Selling Point) and use that as your expertise.
Congratulations and wow so good to know! Based on that inspiring information, it would be perfect to now talk about the cause that’s close to your heart. Can you please tell us about how and why you started to learn how to sign. How long did it take you to learn sign language?
When I was 18, I did a beauty pageant and there was a Deaf girl that everyone ignored. I stayed with her and managed to communicate via gesturing and vowed from that point, when I had the time, I would learn to sign so no Deaf person would ever feel ostracised.
Once I finished musicals, I had time in between filming A Place in the Sun to be able to study BSL and it was the best thing I ever did! I’ve been signing for about 3.5 years now and I am skilled enough to be an interpreter!! BSL is a British language; we learn so many other languages in schools here, yet not one that belongs to our own country.
What an inspiring story! What do you feel that you have learned about sign language? Would you encourage others to learn to sign? If yes, why?
I’ve learnt that it opens so many doors and because of knowing BSL, Deaf people feel more included. I believe BSL should be taught in school and everyone should at least learn the basics.
— Royal Deaf (@royaldeaf) January 19, 2020
Wow, you’ve certainly inspired me, and I’m sure all the people who read this will feel the same! Thank you Scarlette. So how and why did you start getting involved and working with deaf-related charities?
This was all from learning. You’re taught to integrate into the Deaf Community and so I joined my local Deaf Social Club. The more I immersed myself, the more I wanted to get involved and help. Now I work alongside the Royal Association for the Deaf and am an ambassador for Action on Hearing Loss.
There is an amazing charity event coming up, which you’re the host of. Can you tell us what the event is about and how can people get involved?
RADLive is an evening of music, dance, comedy and magic! I’ll be hosting the event and it’ll be full of Deaf performers. It’s on Sunday the 19th January 2020 at the Rose Theatre in Kingston and it starts at 7pm. I promise it’ll be a night not to be missed!
Sounds great, we can’t wait! Okay so, we at BoxHuman follow this motto “We believe that sharing inspiring words can inspire others” So, what inspires you on a daily basis and why? And if you were to say something to uplift someone else what would it be?
Lead with love and love will follow. This is my quote that I live by. If we all loved each other, the world wouldn’t be in the state it’s currently in. If we all loved what we did, we’d all be happier. If we approached every situation with love and not hate, the results would be mind blowing. So, that’s my challenge for all of you, lead with love and watch the love you’ll get in return.
A BoxHuman is an empowered individual. They will not be defined by society’s labels. They show the better qualities of humankind, such as strength, kindness and inspiration. Can you please tell us what makes you a BoxHuman?
Always living outside of the box. Not conforming to stereotypes or people’s ideologies and always striving for better. I love to inspire people of any age and encourage them to follow their dreams and to never give up until they reach them. To be giving, honest, loyal and driven and always supportive of anyone that needs a helping hand.