In our latest video interview, we speak to journalist Mik Scarlet, best known for his bold looks, dynamic presenting-style and openness about sex and disability. From his time at school to getting into TV, Mik gives us the low down on his life and career to date. Plus, with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, find out how you can access Mik’s top sex and relationship tips.
I’ve met Mik a few times over the years, but it was great to catch up properly – and we certainly did. We covered almost everything, from battling through his school days with squeaky callipers and their bolts falling off, to becoming a wheelchair user at 15 and how his new goth-style didn’t quite marry with the look of the old-style wheelchairs.
After secondary school, Mik formed a band and started touring the UK, with high hopes of being a pop star. But his career path went off on an unexpected tangent. At one of his gigs, he was spotted by a TV producer, who offered him the chance to do a screen test. After passing with flying colours, he started presenting shows for ITV and Channel 4.
He’d initially hoped this would garner him a record deal and pop stardom. But, instead, his career lead him to challenging perceptions around the representation of disability on TV, and breaking down the barriers of talking about disabled people and sexuality.
He discovered that, no matter what their disability, many people are treated the same when it comes to sex – asexual. His aim: to fight this fallacy and ensure disabled people are seen in the same way as everyone else – as sexual beings with desires and needs.