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As a successful arts journalist, you would be invited to press nights of many shows. - See more at:

Arts journalist

Every show hopes for good reviews. Journalists get the word out about the show to the public. They make sure people know what shows are on offer and what is happening in the world of theatre.

An author writes fiction or non-fiction books.


An author writes either fiction or non-fiction books. These are sometimes also adapted for other media. This can include television and radio serialisation or a film adaptation.

Backstage crew need to be able to unload scenery, maintain and repair the 'flying' equipment and scenery.

Backstage crew

Building sets, helping create props and operating equipment, the backstage crew support the designers and performers with the running of the show.

Bench jewellers may be employed by a jewellery companies or shops to carry out repairs. Photo: Holts Academy

Bench jeweller

Bench jewellers are skilled craft workers who create and/or repair pieces of jewellery using a variety of materials and techniques.

Working in cinemas, theatres and concert halls.

Box office staff

Box office staff work in cinemas, theatres and concert halls. They are responsible for taking bookings and payments for tickets. Box office staff also arrange for group visits and discounts. They may also advise on seating for people with disabilities or special needs.

The team at branding and graphic design agency Form. (Image: Form UK)

Brand designer

Brand designers work with the client to understand what image or mood they want to project and come up with designs to create a brand identity. They are usually graphic designers who have decided to specialise in this type of work

Brand strategists have to be aware of what is going on in the business world around them.

Brand strategy

Brand strategists raise an organisation's profile by managing the way it interacts with customers and users.

Jewellery buyers select and develop the product ranges that are on sale in retail outlets or online. Keeping abreast of the latest jewellery


Buyers must stay on top of the latest trends in jewellery. They choose what is sold in shops or online, often buying stock from designers.

The size and type of company will determine how involved you become in the production of the jewellery. Photo: Holts Academy

CAD/CAM designer

CAD/CAM designers use CAD (computer-aided design) to produce jewellery designs and CAM (computer-aided manufacture) to create a product.

Kes Hayfer and Simeon Tachev,	carpenters at Shakespeare Globe Theatre.


Carpenters and joiners in the theatre & dance sector and crafts sector work with wood. They work in theatres or in workshops. In the theatre & dance sector, they specifically make, fit or repair scenery and props that are part of a play or show.


A cartoonist draws pictures and cartoons to amuse, educate and influence people. Cartoonists have a variety of avenues to show their work, including:

Casting can be used to make a whole piece of jewellery or component parts. Photo: Holts Academy

Casting Technician

Casting involves pouring molten metal into a mould and allowing it to solidify. Casting technicians work with a range of metals to produce jewellery pieces.

Working with food and drink supplies is one of the tasks that catering includes. Image: RBG Kew.


Catering staff can work in a range of facilities in heritage sites, including restaurants, cafes and kiosks. They may also cater for events and functions.

Chains can be made in a whole range of decorative designs, many of which have several jump rings joined through the same loop. Photo: ACJ

Chain maker

Chain making is a particular technique of metalsmithing. You need to be good with your hands to specialise in chain work.

Get experience of as many different types of dance as possible.


Choreographers create routines and movement sequences for singers and musicians to perform.

Andrés Spanó, clown

Circus performer

Circus performers work to entertain a live audience. They work for traditional touring circuses, at festivals and outdoor events. Increasingly circus performers are involved in staged musical performances in theatres and other arts venues.

Ensemble 360, a Sheffield-based chamber group. Photography by Benjamin Ealovega

Classical musician

Classical musicians perform, compose or conduct music. They are trained to an extremely high standard in one or more instruments. A classical musician primarily plays an instrument or sings live. They may also record classical music, do session work for backing tracks, conduct performances, or write music.

Codwr Arian

Mae codwyr arian yn dod o hyd i ffyrdd o godi arian ar gyfer sefydliadau dielw, megis amgueddfeydd, elusennau neu sefydliadau celfyddydau.

The collections manager oversees the physical condition of the collection. Image: Birmingham Museums and Trust.

Collections manager

A collections manager deals with the physical condition of the collection, making it accessible to as many people as possible.

Community art worker

Community art workers work closely with community groups to engage and involve them in arts projects.

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