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From artist to entrepreneur

Making the transition from being a student to establishing an arts practice, business, or career within the creative and cultural industries is a challenging but exciting journey.


“Creative thinking is central

Developing your career journey

As well as being a visual artist, Alison Sharkey has worked as a professional development guide and outreach officer. She talks about the importance of developing and maintaining skills.


Tailoring your CV for every job can seem like an arduous task, but Amy Edwards believes it increases your chances of being shortlisted.

Writing an effective CV

When jobs are limited but applications are plentiful, recruiters look for any reason to whittle down the candidates. Amy Edwards, from recruitment website Bubble Jobs, shared advice for keeping your CV out of the rejection pile.


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.


Borneo Brown is Sound Operations Manager for the National Theatre.

Sound and video technician

Borneo Brown is Sound Operations Manager for the National Theatre. He spoke to Creative Choices about a creative career that requires both theoretical education and practical experience.


Building networks for artists

Chris Brown, Development Officer at Cardiff's g39 gallery, spoke about how their drop-in sessions for artists are helping creatives to find work and develop business skills.


Identify the types of galleries you want to approach and why you are approaching them.

How to approach art galleries

Approaching galleries takes time and research. Different types of spaces require slightly different approaches.


Production companies simply don't have the means to fund the launch of new artists.

5 things musicians should know about production deals

Securing a production deal can feel like an exciting next step for any musician, but there are plenty of legal pitfalls that it's important to be aware of. Here are five key points that every musician should consider before they say yes to a production agreement.


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.


Annette Howard’s works at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

From libraries to information

Annette Howard’s role as information executive involves gathering and distributing information.


Hackney WickED allows local artists to show their work alongside international names.

Directing an art festival

How do you end up running a festival? Anna Maloney talks about her journey, from working on Liverpool 08 to unveiling Hackney's art scene for the Hackney WickED Art Festival.


A key challenge is to keep audiences engaged and interested and wanting to come. Image © Chatsworth House Trust.

Working in a stately home

Employees at the Chatsworth stately home describe the challenges of working at a heritage site, and how their modern art collections brings in new audiences.


Claire Cunningham uses her upper-body strength for her performance.

Getting skills for performance

Performer Claire Cunningham describes how using crutches gave her the physical abilities to create a career in dance.


Branding consultant, Damian Cranney started up his own design business.

Five tips for design students

Branding consultant Damian Cranney started up his own design business, Frank Design. He gave five pieces of advice for anyone starting out.


Netsayi says her music uses Zimbabwean rhythyms, but experiments with a wide range of styles. Photo: Joke Schot

Being a singer and songwriter

Singer and songwriter Netsayi began entering singing competitions at the age of 10, but didn’t consider a career in music until later. She spoke about her career journey.


Wendy has won many awards and is also Director of Training for the Association of Master Upholsterers and Soft Furnishers.

A career in furnishings

Is it important to pass on craft skills? Wendy Shorter, founder of an upholstery and soft furnishing training centre, says it's imperative. She explains how she came to teach and why.


Emily Ward has just finished her in-house training to become a reading room advisor.

A career in archives

Emily Ward is an archive assistant at the National Archives in Kew. She is the first point of contact for people who want to use the archives, which hold over 1,000 years of the nation’s records.


With perseverance, a career within the film industry can be very rewarding.

Breaking into the film industry

In the film industry, the problem for most young people is getting their foot in the door and getting noticed. First Light offers 7 pieces of advice for young people starting out.


Local authorities archivist

Ruth MacLeod is the Heritage Officer for the London Borough of Wandsworth. Based at Battersea Library, she looks after the Borough’s archives and local history library. The Heritage Service holds records dating back to 1489.


Tania did much of the promotion for her book, ‘The White Road and Other Stories’

Short story writer

Tania Hershman is a short story writer and author of 'The White Road and Other Stories', which received a commendation from the judges of the 2009 Orange Award for New Writers.


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