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Mike Benson's job as Director includes making sure everyone is working to their full capacity. Image: Mike Benson, Bede's World.

Mike Benson, museum director

Starting his career in the steel works, Mike Benson shares his journey into heritage management and gives his top 5 tips for becoming a director.


Building audiences in craft

Julia Rowntree and Duncan Hooson run Clayground Collective, an organisation which inspires people to dig for clay and create crafts. After winning a Craft Skills Award, they were able to fund their future work.


Some of Shakespeare's theatres are unknown to the public, but Peter Sillitoe uncovers the details about these mysterious locations. Image: P

Peter Sillitoe, researcher

Peter Sillitoe is the Research Associate for the Shalt Project (Shakespearean London Theatres). He explains how he got into research and the path he chose.


Lucy Quartermaine, designer

Lucy set up her designer silver jewellery company, Lucy Q Designs, after a degree in jewellery design. She now sells her pieces to stockists in the UK and hosts a show on The Jewellery Channel.


Zoe Jones, circus performer

Former gymnast Zoe Jones studied at London's Circus Space, working other jobs to pay the bills in between performing opportunities.


Phil Gee, Royal Opera House admin support intern

Having previously worked in the construction industry, Phil hadn’t considered working in arts and culture. But since doing an admin support internship at the Royal Opera House through the Creative Employment Programme, he now can’t see himself doing anything else.


Surround yourself with creativity

Graham Gilhooly, Senior Designer

Graham Gilhooly is a Senior Designer for 20/20 Productions. He started off by studying graphic design at college and loves having the opportunity to be creative every day.


Ed Cooper, electrician

Ed Cooper, from London, is a stage electrician. Trained in stage management, he has worked on several West End musical theatre shows.


James Parrott, Digital Marketing Apprentice

James is a Digital Marketing Apprentice at RentalCars.com, a role he found through the Juice Academy in Manchester. He spoke to Creative Choices about his experience and why he's proud to be an apprentice.


Joe Barbe now works at Atlantic Records as an A/R Assistant.

Joe Barbe, Columbia Records apprentice

Music-loving Joe started out as an apprentice at Columbia Records. He discusses what he learned and gives his thoughts on apprenticeships.


Nikki helps understand the needs of the client and works with the designers to deliver the right solution.

Nikki Barker, client services director

Nikki started off in branding and print design. After realising her skills were more people- and process-focused, she moved over into client services.


Graham Coatman, musical director

Graham Coatman works as a composer, musical director and pianist. He also lectures and is artistic director of a music festival.


Deptford John, guitar technician and lecturer

Deptford John has been a guitar technician for over 30 years, looking after bands' gear and instruments and teaching others how to run a tour.


Simon designs book covers, comic layouts, and other print media.

Simon Parr, graphic designer

Simon is Head of Design on the comic 2000AD and at Rebellion Publishing, who also publish sci-fi/horror fiction.


Katie Goodfellow, Public Relations and Digital Account Manager

Katie Goodfellow is a Public Relations and Digital Account Manager at Represent in Scotland. She works with clients to understand their goals and challenges, and put in place a communications strategy which works for them.


Catherine Haines, head of HR

Catherine Haines is the Head of HR for nine cultural institutions in Birmingham. She shares what she does in her job and how to get started in HR.


Amelia took on internships and freelance work before launching her own magazine.

Amelia Gregory, magazine art director

Amelia is the art director and founder of Amelia's Magazine, which posts on art, design, music and fashion. She commissions work from illustrators and is in charge of the magazine's look and feel.


Fiona Green, Arts Administration Apprentice

Fiona found her Arts Administration apprenticeship through Creative Choices, and just a few months later she agreed to speak to us about how things are going!


Elspeth Murray, Poet and Wordsmith

Poem: This Is Bad Enough

Elspeth Murray recites her poem that was included at the International Initiative in Mental Health Leadership Conference in Edinburgh, where she conducted poetry workshops.


Annie Rigby, resident director

Annie Rigby is resident director at Northern Stage. After studying English, she spent time temping in an arts centre finance department before getting her big break.


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