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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.


Corina peforms, creates and runs workshops with puppets.

Being a puppeteer

Corina Bona is a multi-talented puppeteer, whose career is a successful blend of performance, bespoke puppet-making and workshop facilitation. She spoke about a career in puppetry.


Henry Wyndham has worked at Sotheby's art auction house for 15 years, and has been in the art world for 35 years.

Art auction career

Henry Wyndham has worked at Sotheby's art auction house for 15 years, and has been in the art world for 35 years.


Alison has worked with deaf and hard of hearing theatre practitioners to develop a series of signs for technical theatre terminology.

Sign language for theatre

Alison Pottinger became interested in signing for theatre after stage managing a signed performance. She spoke about the skills it requires, and the opportunities signing opens up for performers and audiences.


Tommy Four Seven has worked as a DJ, both producing his own music and playing in clubs. Photo: Ralf Obergfell

5 tips for a DJ career

Tommy Four Seven got his first club residency at the age of 17 and has worked his way up to launching his own record label. He shared five pieces of advice for succeeding as a DJ.


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.


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.


Alison is the author of 'How to Get a Job in a Museum or Gallery' and co-author of 'How to Get a Job in Publishing'.

10 tips for a creative career

Alison Baverstock has written books on being a writer and how to find a job in both publishing and heritage. Having worked in a variety of creative jobs, she shared 10 pieces of advice for any creative career.


Andrew Simper writes 'plug-ins' for music-composition software.

Writing music software

Andrew Simper's admirers include Steve Duda, of the Nine Inch Nails and dance act Deadmau5, but he's not a performing musician. He writes the music software that these producers use to create hits.


Becoming a technical manager

Rob Lloyd's journey into technical management started with him doing "bottom of the pile" work in theatre, but evolved into roles with much greater responsibility as he rapidly gained new skills. He eventually sidestepped into the music industry. Read more about his career.


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.


Tanya's work mixes heritage conservation with technical skill and artistic creativity.

An archaeological illustrator

As a specialist archaeological illustrator, Tanya Berks creates artistic reconstructions of archaeological sites, but also assists with land surveying, technical drawing, and conservation. She spoke about her career journey.


Claudia designs many of the products she makes herself, while others are created in consultation with commissioning customers.

An artist blacksmith career

Claudia Petley, who designs and creates intricate metal goods with her husband, spoke about her work and career journey.


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.


'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.


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.


What employers are looking for in technical staff

Working in technical theatre and live events is fun, fast-paced and rewarding. If you're curious about careers in this area, there's good news: we need more skilled technicians in lighting, sound and stage, and available routes in are changing for the better. Here are 4 things employers in the industry are actually looking for.


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.


Being a Marketing and Sales Officer

Lauren Forde is the Marketing and Sales Officer at Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds. She explains why her role is important to the theatre, what skills are needed for the work and how you can get into a marketing career.


Loop Ellington combine live trumpet playing with electronic samples generated on a laptop.

Performing electronic music

Andrej Bako is one half of electronic music duo Loop Ellington, which he set up with Andy Diagram. He spoke about how technology has enabled him to create and perform music in an affordable way.


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