Meet Craig, our very own Top 10 LGBT+ Corporate Rising Star
"When you join a corporate workplace there is an immense amount of pressure to “go back in the closet”, but I think it’s important to let people know that being LGBT at Sky is accepted and respected, and won’t harm your ability to make friends and progress your career."
Name: Craig Dillon
Job title: Social Manager
What area of Sky do you work in? NOW TV
What does a typical day working here look like for you? Looking through the interview opportunities sent to us from the PR agencies and studios, figuring out what video idea would work best with the different talent, from playing “Hungry Hippos” with the England Rugby Team, to asking the cast of Suicide Squad what was the “worst thing they’ve ever done”.
What’s been your proudest moment since working here? During the US Election I interviewed Daniel Radcliffe and asked him if he thought “Donald Trump was worse than Lord Voldemort” He said yes, and explained, in detail, why. Sky News posted the video and it was reported all over the world, Graham Norton even asked him about it on his show!
How are you supported to be yourself at work? I’ve always felt comfortable to be myself here, admittedly it was intimidating when I first joined, especially when I was sharing an office with the Sky Sports guys, but once I got to know them all I realised any fear was just my own, and nobody had an issue, or even cared!
What’s the most enjoyable thing about your job? The opportunity to have fun and create shareable videos that people really engage with and are entertained by.
What does supporting LGBT@Sky mean to you? When you leave university, and join a corporate work place there is an immense amount of pressure to “go back in the closet”, just because it’s easier to fit in with colleagues and make friends, but I think it’s important to let people know that being LGBT at Sky is accepted and respected, and won’t harm your ability to make friends and progress your career.
What advice would you give to others trying to develop their career? Find something that you truly enjoy and just keep doing it. Don’t chase money or prestige, do something you truly love and the rest will fall into place.
An interesting fact/something no one else knows about you? At age 16 I started my own YouTube channel and eventually had over 1.5 million people watching my videos (which were all very teenage angst-y and embarrassing and have been long deleted!)