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FOCUS :

ARTS &
CULTURE

'Working at Sadler's Wells
has given me the confidence
to host my own live show'
Maya Williams, 21, from London, has just completed
an apprenticeship in Live Events at theatre Sadler's
Wells and has been taken on at the company as a
project assistant
'I started my apprenticeship at
Sadler's Wells last March having
just finished a two-year course at
dance college. Having come from
a dance background I was excited
that there was an entry level way
of working at the theatre and in
particular for Breakin' Convention,
a project which paves the way for
hip hop dancers.
'I'd actually got into a London
university to do a degree in dance
management but dropped this as
I knew working at Sadler's Wells
would give me much more handson experience.
'There are just seven of us in
the team and it is so interesting
to see how much stems from such
a small department. As well as
putting on an international
festival of hip hop dance theatre
show every May bank holiday,
throughout the year there
are professional development
projects for hip hop dancers,
schools workshops and a
UK and international tour of
the Breakin' Convention show.

'What I've enjoyed most during
my apprenticeship is supporting
the development of hip hop
practitioners. They are given the
opportunity to work with
professional mentors and they
create a piece within a week. I
really enjoy working on that,
having artists in the studio and
seeing how the mentors work,
who I have so much respect for.
'I have learned so much,
working in an office in a quite
serious job environment and the
apprenticeship has given me the
confidence to take on roles a lot
higher than I ever expected.
'It has also given me the tools to
have a go at running a live event
myself, an Open Mic night for
Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic
(BAME) and Lesbian, Gay,
Bisexual, Transgender,
Questioning (LGBTQ) people
which was really successful.
Seeing first hand how Breakin'
Convention works set me up
with all the tools to have a go at
running an event myself.'

Film/TV/photography
If images are your thing, then working in
this interesting field could be for you.
Film and TV positions include writers,
directors, producers and editors.
Formal qualifications are not crucial
for entry level positions - enthusiasm and
initiative are. Broadcasters like the BBC,
ITV and Channel 4 offer work experience
placements, graduate schemes and
insight days. You'd start off as a runner
or assistant, earning around £18,000.
One of the best ways to become a
professional photographer is to become

an assistant. Some will take you on
without qualifications, as it's more about
your willingness to learn, but a photo
imaging course or your own portfolio
will help, too.
As an assistant, you'll learn all the
technical and creative aspects of the job,
plus lighting, sets and how to deal with
models, clients and art directors. Salaries
are in the region of £14,000 to £18,000.

Publishing
There are three main opportunities
here - books, magazines and online.
All need writers, assistants, editors
and managers.
For each, you'll need a love of words,
and good qualifications in English
language and/or literature. Proof of
published work is also beneficial, so
write a blog or pitch short stories and
articles to magazines and sites: try small
local charity newsletters, for example.
As with many creative jobs, experience
and contacts are key. You can get your
foot in the door through temping,
interning, or doing work experience.
Entry level salaries can be low, around
£18,000 to £20,000, but rise to
£50,000+ for experienced editors.

Museums/galleries/libraries
Sharing knowledge of incredible works
of art is crucial for society and can provide
a satisfying career. Jobs within these
institutions are highly sought after and
include assistants, curators, and guides.
Higher level, specialist positions
require a degree and post grad
qualification, such as the history of art,
museum studies, or archaeology. But
junior roles can be achieved with a good
standard of general education.
Work experience is essential, helping
you gain experience and build up a
network of useful contacts (see
artscouncil.org.uk for info).
Assistant roles achieve salaries of
£15,000 to £18,000 approximately,
rising with experience. Senior curators
can earn more than £40,000.
FIND OUT MORE
* ccskills.org.uk/careers
* artsprofessional.co.uk
* creativeskillset.org/job_roles

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