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Marcus Davey is Chief Executive of the Roundhouse. Photo by Steffan Hill.

Concerts and arts management

Since he was a teenager, Marcus Davey has enjoyed 'putting on concerts, making things happen.' This passion has led him to become Arts Manager for Dartington Hall Trust and Chief Executive of the Roundhouse.


Ben Giles is a Creative Apprentice at the Royal West England Academy of Art.

Getting ahead in heritage

Ben Giles, a Creative Apprentice at the Royal West England Academy of Art, describes how he learns on the job while doing a qualification in Cultural and Heritage Venue Operations.


Jess Manley is an agent with Damn Good Voices.

Being a voiceover agent

Jess Manley is an agent with Damn Good Voices, an agency that offers voiceover representation to actors and broadcasters. Finding voice work for others is an interesting challenge.


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.


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.


To become a successful jewellery professional, you need to build your skills in both design and making.

Training in jewellery

Interested in developing the skills for a jewellery career but not sure where to start? Award-winning entrepreneur and London Jewellery School founder Jessica Rose shares three pieces of advice.


If you're thinking of taking unpaid work, know your rights, and the responsibilities of your employer.

Internships: know your rights

Increasingly, young and unemployed people are turning to unpaid internships to gain career experience. Nick Branch, of Contact Law, gave advice for unpaid workers and employers.


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.


Guy Oliver Watts is a professional actor who started his career as a musician.

Dealing with illness on stage

It’s one of the nightmares for many actors: you’re due on stage for a big opening night, but you fall ill. How are you going to get through the show?


During his studies Jack volunteered for galleries to gain experience (© Max McClure).

Running a nomadic art gallery

Jack Gibbon is founder and director of the Antlers Gallery, a 'nomadic' gallery with no permanent residence and produces temporary exhibitions within different spaces across Bristol.


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.


Calligraphy work can involve illumination with gold.

A career in calligraphy

Cherrell Avery is a calligrapher who is passionate about the visual expression of words. She combines teaching, from beginner to expert, with producing private commissions.


Graham Lister is the Production Manager at the Curve theatre.

Designing a modern theatre

Graham Lister, Production Manager, talks about the unique design of the Curve Theatre in Leicester. The exposed nature of the theatre allows the audience to see behind the scenes.


Mark always wanted to pursue a career in art. Stephen Fry illustration by Mark Boardman.

Being a freelance illustrator

Mark Boardman is a successful artist and illustrator, whose painterly style is distinctive and captivating. He creates book covers, posters and other illustration for editorial.


Britannia is responsible for visitor services at the Sadler's Wells building. Photo credit Morley von Sternburg.

Managing front-of-house

Britannia Morton is Director of Visitor Services and Estates at Sadler's Wells. The department manages front-of-house, maintenance, security, health and safety, events and catering.


Brian Mitchell is genealogist for Derry City Council Museum.

Careers in museums

Four people at the Derry City Council Museum Service discuss their careers in management, education, archives and genealogy.


Simon Lovelace founded CrewClass in an effort to provide greater access to backstage training.

Getting into backstage work

Simon Lovelace, founder of technical crew training company Crewclass, has seven tips for finding backstage technical work.


Stage lighting certainly isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ set-up and should be tailored to your performance genre.

Light up the stage with 4 basic principles

Between rigs, fresnels and gobos, stage lighting can seem endlessly complex to those of us starting out. We’d be lying if we said it was simple, but that doesn’t mean you need ‘expert’ status in order to effectively light a dramatic scene or performance.


Sarah James runs a large craft fair to help makers sell their work.

From maker to manager

Sarah James worked as a ceramicist before becoming the director of the Contemporary Craft Fair in Devon. She explains why she contributes more to the craft scene this way, and what new makers need to know when starting their business.


The Cato Academy trains future road crew and connects you with real professionals who work with some of the biggest artists in the world.

How to work backstage at a gig

Have you ever gone to a gig and wished you were working on it? Or maybe you’ve gone to a festival and wondered how it was all put together? Live music is a huge part of the music industry and there are lots of opportunities for getting involved.


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