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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.


Authors are becoming known as 'story architects' and 'experience designers'.

New skills for writers

In an age of iPads, video games and on-demand TV, what is the future for writing and reading? We took a look at 'transmedia storytelling'.


Some of Charlie's works include award-winning sketch group 'Lady Garden'.

A comedy producer’s career

Charlie Hanson is an award-winning comedy producer whose work includes Birds of a Feather, Desmonds, The Harry Hill Show and Extras. He spoke about following a career in production.


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.


Steve Mayo is the head of sound for Barbican Theatres.

Working as a sound designer

Steve Mayo is the Head of Sound for Barbican Theatres. He spoke about how he got the training and experience to build his career in theatre, and how he keeps the passion for his work.


The same make-up can look quite different, according to the actor’s face shape.

Make-up artist for theatre

Sara Tyndall is a make-up artist and wigs mistress in London's West End. She has worked for Mamma Mia, Beauty and the Beast, and is now Head of Wigs and Make-Up for The Lion King.


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.


Clare Hey started Shortfire Press, a digital-only short story publishing house.

Starting in digital publishing

Clare Hey was an editor at HarperCollins before starting Shortfire Press, a digital-only short story publishing house. She has five pieces of advice for publishing online.


'The Excellent Audition Guide' is available from Nick Hern Books.

7 tips for drama auditions

Auditioning for drama school can be a nerve-wracking experience. Andy Johnson is an actor, a director, and the author of 'The Excellent Audition Guide'. He shared 7 tips for engaging an audition panel, and keeping yourself engaged too.


Eric Lau has worked with artists such as Lupe Fiasco and has toured with Erykah Badu.

Being a hip hop producer

Hip hop producer Eric Lau started out trying to emulate his musical heroes. Gradually he learned to record his own tracks. From there he got into production. He spoke about his career journey.


Hannah Westland is literary agent at Rogers Coleridge and White agency.

Working as a literary agent

Hannah Westland is literary agent at the Rogers Coleridge and White agency. She talks about how she went from assistant to an agent with her own list of clients.


John Birds is a joiner and cabinet maker at Chatsworth House.

A career in woodwork

John Birds is a joiner and cabinet maker at the Chatsworth House stately home. His job is anything to do with anything to do with woodwork, joinery and cabinet making.


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.


Ceramicist Alice Maplesden exhibits in Brighton's Artists' Open House.

Opening doors to opportunity

Craft makers and artists often work alone. Great for focusing the mind, but you can sometimes lose out on the benefits of working in a team. Working with others allows you to access support, bounce around ideas, and pick up on business opportunities.


Being an Education Projects Coordinator

Hayley Murrow organises and delivers all the educational projects that happen at the Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds. She explains more about her role and journey and offers tips for a creative theatre career.


Aideen Doran is a young Belfast artist.

Surviving as an artist

Aideen Doran works across video sculpture, animation and drawing. She spoke to Choices about how she develops her business skills and finds support from other artists.


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.


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.


A central part of Caroline’s job involves curating exhibitions.

Being an art gallery curator

The Courtauld Gallery houses an internationally important collection of paintings from early Renaissance to modernist works of the twentieth century. We spoke to Dr Caroline Campbell, Curator of Paintings, about her creative career.


Every other year, Chichester Cathedral  organises the Flower Festival.

Heritage careers in cathedrals

With thousand-year histories, British cathedrals are standing records of social and religious history. They are spectacular architectural assets, repositories of famous treasures and burials, and living places of art, education and worship.


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