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Emma Franklin is jewellery designer who runs her own business.

A career in jewellery design

Emma Franklin runs her own jewellery design business from her studio in Clerkenwell, London. She designs and hand-crafts all of her pieces using traditional techniques.


Getting started in the creative and cultural industries

In this animation, see advice from industry professionals being put into action as young people move towards working in the creative and cultural industries.


Being a project musician

Ed teaches people of all ages to sing, describing himself as "wildly passionate" about music. He explains how he became interested in community work as a profession and how Nina Simone was the person who got him into music.


Alvin Hickling runs family history workshops at his local library in Wath Library, Rotherham.

Volunteering in a library

People all over country volunteer in public libraries. They support the work of library staff, helping to extend the range of services available in libraries within their local community.


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.


Borneo Brown is Sound Operations Manager for the National Theatre.

Sound and video technician

Borneo Brown is Sound Operations Manager for the National Theatre. He spoke to Creative Choices about a creative career that requires both theoretical education and practical experience.


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.


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.


Geoff Colman is Head of Acting at Central School of Speech and Drama.

Head of Acting, drama school

Geoff Colman has been Head of Acting at Central School of Speech and Drama in London for eleven years. He has taught in both higher education and conservatoire contexts, and has worked as a freelance director in theatre and opera.


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.


How the arts can help you get into e-learning

Whether you’re fresh out of education or in the workforce, you're likely to have done some online learning. However, organisations are seeing a huge gap between their digital training content needs and in-house capabilities. With an average salary of above £40,000 a year according to the eLearning Guild, is it time to look into an e-learning career?


'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.


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.


The Singh Twins Amrit and Rabindra are internationally acclaimed contemporary British artists.

New ideas for traditional art

The Singh Twins create contemporary images using traditional Indian miniature painting techniques.


'Kursk' is a play inspired by the doomed Russian submarine.

Theatre careers: cast and crew

'Kursk' is a play inspired by the doomed Russian submarine. The cast and crew of the show spoke to Creative Choices about their unusual paths into a theatre career.


Young people with special needs are offered a route in to the theatre experience. (Image: Alex Rumford)

Working in theatre education

Susan Whiddington is the Director of Mousetrap Theatre Projects, which helps young people to access and engage with live theatre. She talks about the programmes she runs, as well as how she got into a career in theatre education.


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.


B3 Designers work on commercial interior design, such as restaurants.

Commercial interior design

Mark Bithrey is director of B3 Designers, an architectural interior design firm. Founded in 2002, B3 work on commercial interior design for restaurants, bars, hotels, retail and exhibition spaces.


Chris Greenwood runs his own festival, Stop Making Sense in Croatia, and his own venue Bedroom Bar in London.

Working as a festival promoter

Chris Greenwood spoke about his career path from DJ to club promoter to marketing and running festivals.


A storyteller is a kind of editor-on-the-hoof. Photo by Scottish Storytelling Centre.

A career in storytelling

Donald Smith is Director of the Scottish Storytelling Centre. He describes the key skills of storytellers, a new qualification for storytelling, and the career of a storyteller.


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