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Geff Francis' career has included roles in The Singing Detective and the sitcom 'Desmonds'.

Getting into acting

TV and theatre actor Geff Francis talks about how acting workshops helped him find success, and what to bear in mind when thinking about going to drama school.


Learning how to sell your work is often as important as learning how to make it.  (Image: London Jewellery School)

Starting off in jewellery

How can you start your career in the jewellery trade? Jessica Rose, founder and director of the London Jewellery School, sets out some ways you can work in the jewellery business.


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.


Ben creates sculptures for public spaces. Lion Scaffolding Sculpture, 2012. Scaffolding construction. Installation view, Bruce Castle Museum

Working as a sculptor

Ben Long has created sculptures for both public spaces and galleries. He spoke about his career journey.


Janine Marsh became a freelance artist and drama practitioner.

Taking the creative plunge

Got the Monday morning blues? Get them every week? Maybe it’s time for a career change? Here’s five tips on how you can make a successful move into the creative sector.


About a quarter of the UK’s music industry workforce works in education and training. Photo: Ollie Crooke

Getting into music education

Many of today’s musicians, producers and DJs build a varied ‘portfolio’ career combining performance, teaching, and a range of other music and non-music activities.


Bridget Nicholls is the Director of Pestival.

Organising Pestival arts event

Bridget Nicholls was awarded the first Zoo Arts Fellowship at ZSL London Zoo. Her large-scale science arts festival, 'Pestival', was recently awarded Conservation Project of the Year by the Observer Ethical Awards.


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.


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.


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.


Vicky Lloyd set up her business, NEDay Crafts, after deciding to find a way to bring craft workshops and tutorials to more people.

Starting a craft business

NEDay Crafts is a craft business in the North East offering workshops, activity kits and online tutorials. NEDay’s Managing Director, Vicky Lloyd, spoke about the challenges of running your own craft business.


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.


Bags of enthusiasm is needed for the job of a Choir Leader . Image:  Rhythms of the World Festival, Laura Spires.

Leading a pop music choir

Choir leader, Lottie Greenhow, shares how modern Rock Choir has changed the traditional idea of a choir. She shares 5 ways to enhance your own singing


Despite advances in theatre technology, brushes and a basic spray gun remain tools of choice for a scenic artist.

Theatre scenic artist

Scenic artists are responsible for painting sets, scenery backdrops and large props, bringing colour to a theatre production. Leila Kalbassi is the Design Assistant/Scenic Artist for the Dundee Repertory Theatre.


Make sure your CV is clearly, concisely and accessibly laid out.

3 tips for a better CV

In a competitive job market, an effective CV can feel like a challenge to get right. Emily Buchanan shares three pieces of advice to help yours succeed as much as possible.


Bev Adams is Artistic Director and CEO of Faceless.

Surviving the funding squeeze

Bev Adams is Artistic Director and CEO of Faceless, a professional arts organisation working to create access to the arts. She spoke to us about setting up Faceless, and her thoughts on the reduction of public spending.


Architectural glass is glass used as an artistic building material.

Finding new creative projects

Binita Walia is an artist who works with architectural glass. When she needed a new project, she developed MyIdeasBook.com, an online sketchbook for creative people.


Salary and progression in graphic design

Interested in a graphic design career? This infographic created by Fifteen Design looks at typical salaries and progression routes, as well as giving key information and outlining desired skills and experience.


Lucy maintains her fitness by working on ropes and silks.

Performing as a circus acrobat

Lucy Francis performs exciting circus aerial and acrobatic acts around the world. She is also Director of AirCraft Circus Academy, based at the Thames-Side Studios in London.


However perfect a mentor looks on paper, you won’t get the most out of mentoring if you don’t have the right chemistry.

How to make the most of a mentor

How do you approach finding a mentor and then making sure you get the most from them? Mark Taylor from education and mentoring charity Brightside outlines what you should do for a successful mentoring relationship.


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