Stacey Dooley was first seen on TV in the Blood Sweat and T-Shirt program, since then she has become a worldwide presenter on issues within the third world. She grabbed people emotionally by her own documentaries.
The popularity of her within the Blood Sweat and T-shirt program was only the tipping point of her fulfilling her career. When returning back to the UK, she grabbed peoples attention by campaigning against child labour by setting up events to raise money for charities and appearing on BBC News night to raise awareness. She is now one of the most popular presenters on BBC Three .
Stacey Dooley Interviewed By Leon McAnally
Following a recent interview with Stacey Dooley, she still is the person she once was and is still ready to face issues and make a change for the better.
Stacey said that it is important that the whole of society are discussing all forms of exploitation, this is because millions and millions of people and mostly children are effected.
With Stacey’s documentaries it has got many people talking about exploitation around the world., due to her determination to digs deep into each issue and not worried about showing her emotions on TV.
Stacey said that she cared about these issues because each county does face different situations and issues. She has been emotionally effected by facing issues of brutality with some Hondurans and Mexicans, as well as the idea of having to be involved in prostitution from such an early age. But in most of countries she has visited, poverty , desperation and vulnerability is very noticeable.
With making these issues aware to society the more we can understand and discuss these topics and where potential movement can happen.
I asked Stacey what would you say if people would like to do the same as you? She has this to say “I’m always asked how I got into doing hard core documentaries. The truth is I completely fell into it. I love my job and am so lucky to have seen so much and travelled so extensively. I’ve met the most unbelievably fascinating people. It can be a challenging, emotionally draining but hugely rewarding. I’m very lucky.”
Its clear that she loves her job by coming back with more and more documentaries.
After asking Stacey what is her most memorable experience she had this to say “I can’t pick one single moment or person as being memorable. Everyone and everything stays with you. But perhaps the hardest thing at the beginning was when I first saw a dead body. I’ve never forgot. It was overwhelming but heartbreakingly, the reality”.
Stacey’s thoughts on tourism “for me is a double edged sword. Undoubtedly there are negatives to come from tourism, there are often locals who don’t benefit in the same way that others seemingly do. They may lose their home or land to property developers, their experiences with travelers may be horrific.
On the other side, so many have benefited hugely, thanks to their country becoming desirable.
Maids are able to feed their kids, entire forces and organisations have had to be invented solely to deal with tourists. Meaning there are suddenly thousands of jobs that wouldn’t have existed otherwise.”
Her New Documentary
What she had to say about her new documentary “My new series is incredibly moving. I’m very proud. We met females who are trying to grow up and live in extremely hostile, difficult situations. They’re a tough watch. Paedophile’s and violent murderers are just some of the people these girls have to be aware of. On a daily basis. Their reality and my reality are different worlds”.
There is one thing guaranteed that Stacey will still be making documentaries that will keep us glued to the TV and make us think twice on what effect we are having on a country when visiting.
By Leon McAnally 05.09.2015