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.


Fay Fullerton is Head of Production Costume at the Royal Opera House

Building a costume career

Fay Fullerton is Head of Production Costume at The Royal Opera House. She describes how she got into the industry, with advice for people wanting to get into costume careers.


White Light Ltd have been running their apprentice scheme for years - they say investing in the future is vital for the sector

White Light Ltd, Employer of the Year

White Light Ltd won the Employer of the Year Award at the Creative & Cultural Skills Awards 2019. We spoke to Sandra Tyler, Head of Human Resources and Chris Nicholls, Health and Safety and Workforce Director about the work that they do, and what makes them such great creative employers.


Pauline Brandt is an audio describer in theatre.

Audio description for theatre

Theatre audio describer Pauline Brandt discusses working backstage in 'a cross between poetry and live broadcast'.


Julia's work as Learning Manager helps Birmingham Museums deliver a programme of learning activities for a range of ages.

4 tips for heritage education

What is it like to work in a museum, planning the programme of activities, talks and educational events? Julia Kirby, Learning Manager for Birmingham Museums Trust, shared four pieces of advice for getting into heritage education.


Ian Winterbottom, partner at Our Agency,explains how honesty and research are key fundamentals when pitching to clients.

Prepare for the perfect pitch

Is there such a thing as the 'perfect' pitch'? Ian Winterbottom, partner at Our Agency, gives 6 fundamentals for pitching to clients.


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.


Fay co-founded a business before starting up her own brand design consultancy.

A freelance brand designer

Fay Blakeley is a freelance brand designer and consultant in Cardiff. She discusses the joys of being her own boss, as well as the challenges of being ultimately accountable.


Activities in libraries vary as much as the communities they serve.

Libraries in the community

"Libraries have always been places where people come to find information. We see ourselves as being at the heart of local communities." Mark Peasley, Area Manager with Devon Libraries.


Director of an acting studio

Bruce Alexander’s long acting career saw him star in theatre, film and TV productions, including Neighbours and SeaChange. He discusses giving up the spotlight to teach at Melbourne Acting Studio.


 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Louise Rogers runs 'C Venues', one of the largest Fringe venues in Edinburgh.

Running a Fringe venue

Louise Rogers runs 'C Venues', one of the largest Fringe venues in Edinburgh. She describes her work, and explains how volunteers can develop their interests in the creative industries.


Stuart Neville tried to make it as a rock star, but has now launched a career as a novelist. 'The Twelve'  was a successful debut novel.

Switching careers with success

Armagh-based author Stuart Neville tried and failed to make it as a rock star, but has now launched a career as a novelist. He talks about the differences between a successful writer and a novice, and tools he uses for his own creativity.


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.


Alastair Reid is the Managing director of Red Design.

Working in a design agency

Alastair Reid is Managing Director of Red Design. He discusses what work is done at his design agency, and what quality he looks for in new designers.


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.


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