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Kathrin DeBoer is the singer of Belleruche.

Touring music band

Belleruche is a band that performs 'Turntable Soul' music. Comprised of Kathrin DeBoer, Ricky Fabulous and DJ Modest, they have several albums with independent label Tru Thoughts.


How to design a product

Director of Bigsmall Stephen McGilloway explains how to design a product. He also explains more about what product design is and how to get into this career.


Retail assistant Samantha is also an illustrative artist.

Managing the day job

Succeeding in a creative career can be a struggle. For some, the only way to achieve their ambitions is by combining their passion for creativity with a second job.


Brian Harvey combined his interests in psychology and DJing to start his own company

Being an arts entrepreneur

Brian Harvey launched Open Ear in Glasgow in 2007, which designs musical identities and environments for businesses. Open Ear works closely with the independent music industry in order to licence music to use in bars, cafes, shops and showrooms.


You will need vinyl for dance, hip hop or drum & bass.

How to press vinyl

Many DJs use CDs or MP3s for promotion, but there's a cachet about vinyl in the clubbing world. If you want to put out your own tunes for release then you're going to need the black stuff.


Advice from the film industry

How do you get into the film industry? First Light asked young filmmakers how they got started, and spoke to film producer Colin Burrows about what he looks for in his trainees.


Antony Harwood runs his own literary agency from offices in Oxford.

Being a literary agent

Antony Harwood runs his own literary agency from Oxford. Among his clients are Booker Prize-winning novelist Alan Hollinghurst, Ethan Coen and George Monbiot.


Ifeoma was inspired to write a book about Africa.

Writing children’s books

Ifeoma Onyefulu is a children's author, novelist and photographer. She spoke about her inspiration, an unusual path to find a publisher, and why writers shouldn't be discouraged.


About a quarter of the UK’s music industry workforce works in education and training. Photo: Ollie Crooke

Getting into music education

Many of today’s musicians, producers and DJs build a varied ‘portfolio’ career combining performance, teaching, and a range of other music and non-music activities.


Described as the World Museum, the British Museum shows this diversity in their people. Image: The Trustees of the British Museum.

Working in heritage research

Jeremy Hill is the Research Manager for The British Museum and led the 'History of the World through 100 objects' project. He shares his journey and 7 tips for a being a good recruit.


Building networks for artists

Chris Brown, Development Officer at Cardiff's g39 gallery, spoke about how their drop-in sessions for artists are helping creatives to find work and develop business skills.


Despite advances in theatre technology, brushes and a basic spray gun remain tools of choice for a scenic artist.

Theatre scenic artist

Scenic artists are responsible for painting sets, scenery backdrops and large props, bringing colour to a theatre production. Leila Kalbassi is the Design Assistant/Scenic Artist for the Dundee Repertory Theatre.


Zoe Murphy is a young designer enjoying great success.

Starting out in product design

Zoe Murphy is a young designer enjoying great success. Since graduating from university, she started her own studio and her distinctive, colourful and decorative furniture is now in great demand .


Nikki works freehand and direct with the wire mesh, with no moulding or casting.

A career in figure sculpture

Nikki Taylor is a sculptor, creating beautiful and expressive sculptures of the human form. She works mostly with woven wire mesh, and also in bronze, from her Surrey-based studio.


Branding consultant, Damian Cranney started up his own design business.

Five tips for design students

Branding consultant Damian Cranney started up his own design business, Frank Design. He gave five pieces of advice for anyone starting out.


Look after your financial security while you're freelancing.

Keeping your career afloat

Running a business or working freelance can seem risky. What if something happens to threaten your financial stability? Shannon Norman, of 1st Contact Accounting, shared 5 pieces of advice for staying secure while freelancing.


How to record a podcast

Radio presenter and producer Keith Law explains how to record a podcast. He also explains what a typical working day for him looks like and offers tips for getting into radio.


Scottish music producers Tigerstyle, Raj and Pops. Photo: Manik Singh

Helping young music producers

Scottish music producers Tigerstyle talk about their course where young people learn basic music production skills, and why living in Glasgow makes them better artists.


Pauline Hadaway enjoys the challenges of leading an arts organisation.

Artist and arts manager

Pauline Hadaway is an arts manager Starting out as a working artist, she moved into management and is currently the director of the Belfast Exposed art gallery.


Jethro Macey's ‘Curiosity Cabinet’ showcased the secret collections of everyday people.

A career as a product designer

Jethro Macey made his mark in 2005, transforming humble concrete into covetable decorative flooring. His work caught the attention the New Designers Showcase in London and developed into continued success.


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