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Career guides

We’ve created this section to help you get to grips with the realities of working in the creative industries. We’ve spoken to hundreds of industry experts covering a huge range of specialisms to share their experiences and expertise.

Whether you’re still in education or working in the industry, our career guides can help you with everything from tax to marketing, pricing your work to PR, social media to business planning.

Managing your creative career

The first of our career guides brings you the info you need to keep your creative career on track. We’ve covered everything from freelancing to setting up your own company, CV and interview advice to hitting deadlines and keeping it professional. Want to get ahead? Read on…

Becoming an Actor

This guide brings together all you need to know about how to become an actor. Whether you’re a school leaver, a graduate or just starting out, if you’ve decided that acting is the profession for you but aren’t sure what to do next, we’ve got the answers…

Becoming a Theatre Director

You’ve decided you want to direct, but how do you begin? This career guide brings you the routes into the industry, top tips for aspiring directors and interviews with those in the know…

Becoming a Theatre Producer

Have you got what it takes to produce shows? This guide gives you a full round-up of what it is to be a producer, how to get started, the pitfalls to avoid, how to manage a project, tips on raising money and ways to keep calm under pressure…

Becoming a Theatre Designer

This guide uncovers all the different areas of theatre design. With info on how to get started in set, costume, sound and lighting and advice from industry pros, we’ve got your theatre design questions covered…

Becoming a Photographer

Love your camera – but don't know how to make photography your career? We’ve put together this guide to taking pictures, printing pictures, publishing pictures and much more for those wanting to take the next step in photography…

Becoming a Filmmaker

If you want to make films and need advice, this guide is for you. We’ve brought together interviews with filmmakers, info on the different routes into the industry and great practical tips on the filmmaking process…

Becoming a Playwright

Have you got a story to tell that would work well on stage? We’ve put together this guide to help you transform your ideas into a finished play. That’s not all – there's also lots of advice on getting your play staged. Writers read on…

Becoming a Screenwriter

Are you keen to write for the screen and looking for more info about what it involves? Whether you want to know what a script should look like, need the jargon explained or have a question about pitching an idea, we’ve got the answers…

Becoming a Journalist

If you think you’d like to be a journalist but are not sure where to start, this guide gives you all the info. For advice on routes into the industry, practical writing tips and interviews with the experts, this is a one-stop shop for any aspiring hack…

Images: Actor image by I3aac. Theatre director image by Theater der Künste. Theatre producer image by Benjamin Thompson. Theatre designer image by Larry Mhyre. Photographer image by Ferran. Filmmaker image by Pat Dryburgh. Screenwriter image by Sean Ganann.  Playwright image by kevinthoule,Journalist image by Graham Holliday. All on Creative Commons licenses.

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