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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.


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.


The Little Mermaid was one of The Rep's theatre productions.

Lighting up the stage

Lighting technicians set up and operate lighting equipment during theatre productions. Both creative and technical, they can use lights to achieve a variety of effects to dramatically alter the mood and shape of a performance.


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.


'Shoes' was shown in the West End.

Making musical comedy

Richard Thomas co-wrote ‘Jerry Springer: The Opera’, 'Shoes' and 'Anna Nicole'. Despite death threats and a high-profile blasphemy case, he is passionate about his creative career.


Jimmy Milliken is the volunteer co-ordinator at the National Trust.

Working at Giant’s Causeway

National Trust volunteer co-ordinator Jimmy Milliken talks about his job, and reveals the mythical origin of a heritage site in Northern Ireland.


'Diversification is necessary for survival'

How to diversify your writing

In a world where nothing seems certain, diversification is necessary for survival. And in the creative industries, ‘slashers’ are rife: actor/writer, producer/director, teacher/playwright.


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.


Director of an acting studio

Bruce Alexander’s long acting career saw him star in theatre, film and TV productions, including Neighbours and SeaChange. He discusses giving up the spotlight to teach at Melbourne Acting Studio.


Iwona Blazwick is Director of the Whitechapel Art Gallery.

Iwona Blazwick, arts leadership

Iwona Blazwick is Director of the Whitechapel Art Gallery. Before this, she was Head of Exhibitions and Displays at Tate Modern and Director of Exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Arts.


British Grove won the 2009 Music Producers Guild ‘Best Studio’ award.

Work in the recording industry

Working in a recording studio is a popular career choice. But what skills do you need to break into this highly competitive industry? We spoke to David Stewart, Studio Manager of British Grove Studios.


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.


Volunteers are becoming increasingly important in the provision of library services.

6 paths for library volunteers

For many people volunteering is a natural extension of their involvement in their local library. Volunteers enhance the work of libraries by extending the number and range of services.


Activities in libraries vary as much as the communities they serve.

Libraries in the community

"Libraries have always been places where people come to find information. We see ourselves as being at the heart of local communities." Mark Peasley, Area Manager with Devon Libraries.


After learning the record aged 7, Arun soon discovered the clarinet. Photo: William Ellis

Earning a living from jazz

After discovering the recorder at school, Arun Ghosh became a jazz clarinettist, theatre composer, and music teacher. He spoke about his career, and the challenge of earning a living from several jobs.


Take note every month of what you’ve done, what you’ve learnt and what’s been successful.

10 ways to boost your career

Whether it’s getting a payrise, taking on more responsibility or landing a new job, this checklist will help you to boost your career.


It’s tough to edit your own portfolio, as you may have emotional ties to images that don't add anything to your final selection.

7 tips for a photography career

How does a photographer make the leap from hobbyist to professional? Helen Thompson from photographers' agents Vue Represents has picked seven key tips for a fruitful photography career.


Classical music is a very competitive area of work. Photo: Korean Cultural Centre UK

Freelancing in classical music

Working as a freelance musician allows you to play the music you want, with the people you want, when you want. You can structure your days and take on as much work that suits you.


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.


Grok Institute provides a platform for talented digital artists.

Curating a digital exhibition

To provide a platform for talented digital artists, Jean-Robert Saintil and Andrew McPhee set up Grok Institute. They gave advice on curating a digital art event.


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