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.


6 tips for being a gallery curator

Héloïse Parke is the curator of The Aram Gallery, one of London’s only non-commercial contemporary design galleries. She offers six pieces of advice for working as a gallery curator.


North Walsham is a busy branch library, very much part of the local community.

The role of library assistant

Tracey Baldock-Yaxley works in a public library serving the market town of North Walsham, Norfolk. She spends part of her time on a mobile library, visiting small villages and remote areas.


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.


The physical experience of reading your book is important to bear in mind if you are self-publishing. Image: User Design

10 tips for better book designs

There are many parts, processes and people involved in the production of a book. Successful and open-minded relationships between clients, designers and editors are essential. Book designer Thomas Bohm of User Design shared 10 tips for improving your book design.


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.


Suzanne Rolt is the director at St George's Bristol.

Take charge of your career

Staying at the same organisation for a long period of time can result in your skills stagnating. Suzanne Rolt told Creative Choices how she ensures continuing professional development as director of St George's music venue.


If you want to be a writer, you will need to have patience.

The struggle to get published

Keith Gray is an award-winning writer of books for teenagers and the Scottish Book Trust's first Virtual Writer-in-Residence. Keith shared some useful hints for aspiring authors.


The legal profession relies on up-to-date and accurate information to research and prepare cases.

Working as a legal librarian

Helen Marshall works in the knowledge and information team at the law firm Harvey Ingram LLP. 400 staff are spread across the head office in Leicester and the four other offices in the Midlands.


Vocalist Mellow Baku (r) has benefited from her mentoring relationship with Performing artist Carol Leeming (l).

My music mentor

Performing artist Carol Leeming mentors young vocalist Mellow Baku. They spoke to Creative Choices about how the mentoring relationship benefits both of them.


Jodie studied acting at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

Jodie Whittaker, actress

Actress Jodie Whittaker has worked with Peter O'Toole, Viggo Mortensen and Cillian Murphy. Graduating the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, she has worked in cinema, theatre and television.


Marcus Taylor is the founder of The Musician’s Guide website.

How to get signed by a label

How can a musician get signed to a record label? Marcus Taylor, founder of TheMusiciansGuide.co.uk, shares his insight into how you can approach a label.


Dawn Thomas-Mondo has built up a collection of thousands of costumes

Running a costume business

Dawn Thomas-Mondo runs Marigold Costumes in Cardiff, the largest company of its kind in Wales. She told us about how she got started, and running her creative business.


Mark Peasley one of six area managers and is based at library headquarters in Exeter. Photo by Michael Cameron photography.

Senior librarian and manager

Mark Peasley is an area manager with Devon Libraries. There are 50 libraries in the county. Mark manages ten of them spread across south Devon.


There are many different ways to get into UX research

User experience research

Hedgehog lab is a global software consultancy that specializes in multi-platform software and connected device innovation. We spoke to Laura, Emily and Caitlin in the User Experience Research (UX Research) team about how they got into the industry and their work on the team.


Melissa Cole 1 Photo Mark Somerville © 2011

Working as a blacksmith artist

Melissa Cole is an artist blacksmith, who designs and makes products from metal using traditional blacksmithing techniques.


The records profession is changing, becoming more aligned to technical systems.

Managing records in a charity

Mark Thompson is the records manager at the British Red Cross. He is responsible for all records that need to be retained for legal or business reasons.


Jon Burgerman is a professional doodler for big-name brands like Coke, Pepsi and Nike.

Doodling in a digital world

Jon Burgerman is a professional doodler for big-name brands like Coke, Pepsi and Nike. He describes slowly getting noticed and the importance of embracing the digital world even if you work in traditional media.


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.


Gail Kelly designs and produces table linen. Photography/styling by abigail*ryan.

5 tips for trade fairs

Gail Kelly lives in the countryside in Northern Ireland. By choosing the right trade fairs for her print-making business, she has ensured ongoing orders with buyers in the UK and Ireland.


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