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Diane Lees is the Director-General of the Imperial War Museum.

Diane Lees, museum director

Diane Lees is the Director-General of the Imperial War Museum. Before that, she was the director of the V&A Museum of Childhood. She spoke about her diverse working days, exhibition ideas, and leadership challenges.


When the company that released one of his albums collapsed, David was able to work in different genre. Photo: Will Hutchinson

Growing your music career

David McAlmont released a hit single and two albums with guitarist Bernard Butler. During his career he has moved through a succession of musical genres and performance styles.


If you're thinking of taking unpaid work, know your rights, and the responsibilities of your employer.

Internships: know your rights

Increasingly, young and unemployed people are turning to unpaid internships to gain career experience. Nick Branch, of Contact Law, gave advice for unpaid workers and employers.


Richard Croxford, artistic director of the Lyric Theatre in Belfast, with children from Braniel Primary School.

Being a theatre director

Richard Croxford is the artistic director of the Lyric Theatre in Belfast. He describes how he discovered his true vocation, and what skills are needed to be a successful theatre director.


In 2012, Bruno won the Olivier Award for Best Lighting Design for his work on Frankenstein at the National Theatre.

Working as a lighting designer

Bruno Poet is an award-winning lighting designer who has worked extensively with theatre and opera companies all over the world.


Work experience with a digital agency

Adam Bradley, a computer science student vlogs about his work experience with digital agency 31 interactive


Hackney WickED allows local artists to show their work alongside international names.

Directing an art festival

How do you end up running a festival? Anna Maloney talks about her journey, from working on Liverpool 08 to unveiling Hackney's art scene for the Hackney WickED Art Festival.


Joanna Terry started with a Saturday job at Wolverhampton Central library. Image by Staffordshire Archives and Heritage.

Head of an archives service

Joanna Terry has strategic management of the Joint Archive Service for Staffordshire County Council and Stoke-on-Trent City Council.


Katrina Gilroy is Production Manager at the National Theatre.

Theatre production manager

Katrina Gilroy is Production Manager at the National Theatre. She describes the theatre production process and the role of production manager.


Who are the people working to support the carer of a music artist?

A guide to the music industry

Who are the different people that make a signed act work? This is an overview of the various roles that work with music artists – understand what they do and where you can fit in.


Nic Harrison is a potter and describes the challenges he faced when starting out.

A career in ceramics

Nic Harrison is a potter. He describes the challenges he faced when starting out, and the stumbling blocks for the ceramicists of tomorrow.


Becoming a music producer

Music producer Eric Lau started out studying business. When a personal tragedy changed his outlook on life, he found his passion in music. Read about how he ended up excelling in the music industry.


Richard set up the only neon art courses in the UK

Neon Workshops

Richard Wheater runs Neon Workshops, which makes signs for the creative sector and sculpture for artists. He told Creative Choices that, although commercial neon may be in decline, it is still in demand as an artistic product.


Getting taken on by a gallery happens through networking, word of mouth, introduction, or having seen the work of an artist.

How to get your art exhibited

There are many avenues for an artist to pursue in order to get work exhibited. Much depends on your career to-date, the nature of the work you make, and the area in which you live.


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.


Arran began his career with amateur operatic society shows. Currently, he is is one of the understudies for Bernadette in 'Priscilla'

Self-taught musical theatre

Phillip Arran has performed in the West End musical ‘Priscilla, Queen of the Desert'. Though he lacked professional training, his love of the stage and dedication brought success.


Paul Alborough performs as Professor Elemental, delivering his hip-hop in a comedic way.

Finding your performance niche

Paul Alborough performs as Professor Elemental, a steampunk and 'chap hop' performer. He describes leaving full-time work to pursue his creative career, with advice for performers on developing a niche.


Guy spent five years preparing to be an agent.

Being an actors’ agent

Guy Kean is an actors’ agent at Mrs Jordan Associates. He spoke about how he got started and the daily trials of his business.


Wendy has won many awards and is also Director of Training for the Association of Master Upholsterers and Soft Furnishers.

A career in furnishings

Is it important to pass on craft skills? Wendy Shorter, founder of an upholstery and soft furnishing training centre, says it's imperative. She explains how she came to teach and why.


Ben Giles is a Creative Apprentice at the Royal West England Academy of Art.

Getting ahead in heritage

Ben Giles, a Creative Apprentice at the Royal West England Academy of Art, describes how he learns on the job while doing a qualification in Cultural and Heritage Venue Operations.


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