The Blue Plaques scheme put up around nine plaques a year. Photograph copyright Charles Walker

Being a Blue Plaques historian

Esther Godfrey works for English Heritage, and spent part of her career there as a Blue Plaques Historian. She explains what the job involves and the impact the blue plaques team make in celebrating London’s past.


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.


Scott Williams is an accounts payable clerk at Live Nation.

How to make a living in music

Digital recording studios, online music stores, on-demand streaming and webcasting. New technologies have greatly reduced the cost barriers to the creation, distribution and sale of music. So how do musicians generate income from these opportunities?


Poet Lemn Sissay and author Tiffany Murray on being creative, the challenges of financing a creative career and advice for aspiring writers.

Advice for aspiring writers

Poet Lemn Sissay and author Tiffany Murray spoke to Creative Choices about being creative, the challenges of financing a creative career and advice for aspiring writers.


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.


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.


'Shoes' was shown in the West End.

Making musical comedy

Richard Thomas co-wrote ‘Jerry Springer: The Opera’, 'Shoes' and 'Anna Nicole'. Despite death threats and a high-profile blasphemy case, he is passionate about his creative career.


Alvin Hickling runs family history workshops at his local library in Wath Library, Rotherham.

Volunteering in a library

People all over country volunteer in public libraries. They support the work of library staff, helping to extend the range of services available in libraries within their local community.


The world of theatre contains a very wide range of careers aside from acting. (Image: Royal Conservatoire of Scotland)

Getting started with theatre

Susan Elkin is the author of 'So You Want To Work In Theatre?’ – a guide for young people who want to work in the theatre world. She shared five pieces of advice about careers in theatre.


Simon Fraulo is Lighting Operations Manager at the National Theatre.

Lighting operations in theatre

Simon Fraulo is a theatre lighting expert. He has seen big changes in technical theatre training and jobs over the years.


Stonemasonry requires a high level of practical artistic skill. Image © Briony Campbell

Working as a stonemason

Trevor Hardy is Master Mason at Hardwick Hall, a National Trust property in Derbyshire. He spoke about his career journey as a stonemason, and the skills needed to start out in stonemasonry.


Neil Pate teaches classes in Hip Hop Yoga in London.

Stand out from the crowd

Being a creative is an exciting and rewarding profession. But when your competition seems to be just as talented and as enthusiastic as you, how do you stand out from the crowd?


Classical music is a very competitive area of work. Photo: Korean Cultural Centre UK

Freelancing in classical music

Working as a freelance musician allows you to play the music you want, with the people you want, when you want. You can structure your days and take on as much work that suits you.


Bridget Nicholls is the Director of Pestival.

Organising Pestival arts event

Bridget Nicholls was awarded the first Zoo Arts Fellowship at ZSL London Zoo. Her large-scale science arts festival, 'Pestival', was recently awarded Conservation Project of the Year by the Observer Ethical Awards.


Most artists balance a variety of part-time roles to provide extra income. Image: Diego Andres Spano, clown.

7 tips for performance careers

Working in performance does not always provide a constant income. Most artists balance a variety of part-time roles and should always consider sources of future income.


Nathan Lee, flute beat-boxer.

Learning to flutebox

Nathan Lee has built a successful musical career with his unique method of playing the flute and beatboxing at the same time. He spoke to Creative Choices about how he got started.


Being a creative brand manager

Jenny Smyth works as Senior Account Manager at Red Cow Creative consultancy. She has delivered creative marketing campaigns for brands like Mr. Men, Little Miss and Where’s Wally?


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.


Matt Selby is a casting director with Belinda Norcliffe Casting, one of London’s busiest casting agencies

How to prepare for auditions

Matt Selby is a casting director with Belinda Norcliffe Casting. He has advice on how to prepare for commercial auditions, with five quick tips to take away.


Advice from the film industry

How do you get into the film industry? First Light asked young filmmakers how they got started, and spoke to film producer Colin Burrows about what he looks for in his trainees.


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