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Metalwork requires an advanced level of practical knowledge. Photo courtesy of Lorna Yabsley.

Mastering crafts

Momtaz Begum-Hossain reveals what it was like to be a trainee on the BBC series Mastercrafts.


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.


David Beastall is a Digital Executive for Renfrew Group International.

Getting started in web design

As a graduate or school leaver, how do you get that first job in web design? David Beastall, Digital Executive for Renfrew Group International, shared his thoughts and experiences about a web career.


There are many different ways to get into UX research

User experience research

Hedgehog lab is a global software consultancy that specializes in multi-platform software and connected device innovation. We spoke to Laura, Emily and Caitlin in the User Experience Research (UX Research) team about how they got into the industry and their work on the team.


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.


Although so much work is online, more traditional employers will still want to see a physical portfolio. (Image: Alex Rumford).

10 top tips for landing a creative job

The creative industries are booming and there are more jobs than ever, but competition is fierce. Give yourself the best chance of landing that dream job with these top ten tips from Pip Jamieson, founder of professional networking platform for the creative industries The Dots.


Fay Fullerton is Head of Production Costume at the Royal Opera House

Building a costume career

Fay Fullerton is Head of Production Costume at The Royal Opera House. She describes how she got into the industry, with advice for people wanting to get into costume careers.


Build up your skills as much as possible while you look for opportunities. Image: Matt Smith, Royal Opera House

7 tips for a fashion career

The fashion industry is highly competitive, and it can be hard to succeed without determination and forward-planning.


Artichoke is a creative company that works on large-scale outdoor events, like the 'Sultan's Elephant'.

Producing art events

Hannah Standen is an Associate Producer for Artichoke, a creative company that stages arts spectacles and live events. She talks about working with Antony Gormley's ‘One And Other’ artwork, and how she became interested in producing art events.


“Creative thinking is central

Developing your career journey

As well as being a visual artist, Alison Sharkey has worked as a professional development guide and outreach officer. She talks about the importance of developing and maintaining skills.


5 practical tips for an aspiring actor

Don’t gamble with your career. The acting profession is hugely competitive, but there are ways to give yourself a better chance of success – and it’s not only down to your acting ability.


 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.


Consider offers of free 'exposure' carefully before accepting, and decide whether the work will be enjoyable before agreeing.

When should you work for free?

When would you work for free? It's a topic of heated debate among freelancers and artists. Author and copywriter Chris Farnell discusses four scenarios where creatives decide to work for free.


Henry Wyndham has worked at Sotheby's art auction house for 15 years, and has been in the art world for 35 years.

Art auction career

Henry Wyndham has worked at Sotheby's art auction house for 15 years, and has been in the art world for 35 years.


Brenda's work with children takes her into schools, heritage sites and museums.

Running art workshops

Brenda Burgess is an artist and sculptor who runs art workshops for children at Leeds Castle and various schools in Kent. She spoke about her career journey and shared advice for earning an income from art.


I teach songs, arrange vocal harmonies, conduct cast and band for a musical.

A musical director career

Philip Bateman is a musical director and singing coach. He has worked on West End shows like Billy Elliot and Our House. He spoke about how he built his career in musical theatre.


Diane Prentice is Deputy Technical Head of the Wales Millennium Centre.

Getting into backstage theatre

Diane Prentice, of the Wales Millennium Centre, spoke about how she got into technical theatre. Two of her Creative Apprentices described their new pathways into backstage work.


George Burton went from working at advertising agencies to Creative Manager at boohoo.com.

Getting a job in fashion

George Burton is Creative Manager at online fashion retail brand boohoo.com, He shared six pieces of advice for fashion and design careers.


Mark Gurney, Music4all, Brixton.

Marketing your band online

Bands and musicians need to market themselves, but creating an online fan base can be time-consuming. Start with these five simple stages to online marketing.


Journey into the design industry

What steps do you need to take for a design career? This infographic created by Fifteen Design tracks the journey, from leaving education to finding a first job in the design industry.


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