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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.


Rob Stuart and Billy Grant co-founded independent recording label 2Point9.

Making independent music

Music mangers Billy Grant and Rob Stuart founded recording label 2Point9, and later Jayded Entertainment Ltd. They’re responsible for the internationally successful artist Jay Sean, who recently had a number one single in America.


Tord Boontje is Professor of the MA Design Products at the Royal College of Art.

Tord Boontje, product design

Tord Boontje is a hugely successful designer with an international reputation. Professor of the MA Design Products at the RCA, he has numerous awards for design work in lighting, glass, furniture and textiles.


Competition for volunteering places can be tough – around 49,000 people volunteer to work with the National Trust each year.

How to volunteer in heritage

In the creative and cultural sectors, volunteers are often the very life-blood of organisations. Without volunteers, many organisations simply could not function.


How to record a podcast

Radio presenter and producer Keith Law explains how to record a podcast. He also explains what a typical working day for him looks like and offers tips for getting into radio.


Theatre companies are exploring pervasive media

Pervasive media

Katie Day spoke to Creative Choices about pervasive media, the current climate for public funding and the arts, and what she'll bring back from her Peach Placement.


The Stylistic Gallery was created to give creatives a place to showcase their work.

Online showcase for designers

For young designers struggling to get a foot on the career ladder, there’s a new creative space to show off their talents. If you're struggling to get noticed, or working where you don’t want to be, try out The Stylistic Gallery as an online resource.


Emma took a BTEC National Diploma in 3D design, before specialising in jewellery.

Making and selling jewellery

Emma Turpin set up her own jewellery business after graduating from Middlesex University. She makes jewellery from silver and gold, drawing inspiration from the Victorian era.


Scottish music producers Tigerstyle, Raj and Pops. Photo: Manik Singh

Helping young music producers

Scottish music producers Tigerstyle talk about their course where young people learn basic music production skills, and why living in Glasgow makes them better artists.


Let the casting director see a clear difference between you and the character you have evolved into. (Image: Suraya Jina and Mansoor Mir)

3 stages of an audition

Starting out as an actor? Martha Shephard of To Be Seen, an online audition resource for actors, discusses how to get the part and avoid common audition mistakes.


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.


Sayan Kent's play 'Another Paradise' was staged by Kali Theatre and taken to the Edinburgh Fringe festival. Image: Kali Theatre

Taking a play to the Fringe

Sayan Kent describes how Kali Theatre Company helped bring her play to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and the support they provide for Asian women playwrights.


 By day, John Lenahan is a comedian and magician.

Marketing your novel online

Comedian and magician John Lenahan generated interest in his novel by podcasting chapters and gaining fans online. He shared three tips for aspiring authors in a digital world.


Casting directors have only become a big part of acting over the last twenty years.

Casting director for theatre

Stuart Burt is associate casting director at The Ambassador Theatre Group, one of the UK’s leading West End theatre producers.


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.


Frank Design is a a Belfast based design consultancy.

Starting a design business

Damian Cranney started up the Belfast consultancy Frank Design on his own. He spoke about what it takes start, and sustain, a creative business.


Following a BA Music degree, Isabel Murphy got involved in English National Opera and then moved to the Welsh National Opera. Image: WNO, Ne

Working in opera management

Isabel Murphy used her passion for opera after university to help artists, members and staff prepare for tours. She spoke about her career and how she shaped Welsh National Opera's artistic direction.


Sue Quinn's handmade bears are sold to collectors around the world.

Selling handmade toys

Sue Quinn makes teddy bears and sells them around the world. She spoke about how meeting a buyer from Japan opened up a whole new market for her work.


Grok Institute provides a platform for talented digital artists.

Curating a digital exhibition

To provide a platform for talented digital artists, Jean-Robert Saintil and Andrew McPhee set up Grok Institute. They gave advice on curating a digital art event.


It can be hard to decide what to wear to an interview when the dress code is

How to dress for an interview

How should you dress for an interview for a job in the creative industries? Sarah Leeds offers suggestions on behalf of fashion website ASOS for different types of interview.


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