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2019 – Ready to Launch!

Did anyone else watch the clock cross its annual threshold and feel a bit underwhelmed? I am surprised that I have come to feel this way, because I am Scottish, and New Year when I was growing up was a very, very big deal. In Scotland, New Year was a much bigger deal...

5 Strategies for Success

On reading accounts of how people became successful, it is clear that there are many different routes. Amongst all the variations though there are some consistent themes, which I will share here. Before we get into strategies, it is important to consider what we mean...

Taking on the learning curve

The one certain thing in a creative freelance life is that we have to be able and willing to deal with uncertainty. Whether it’s where our next job is coming from or what new skills we need to acquire when we get there, we have to be adaptable and quick to learn. And...

Getting to know you

I once worked with a young graduate called Sian, her CV was outstanding, she had a good degree in film making, had been very proactive undertaking multiple creative projects and she had some great work experience. When I read her CV and examples of her cover letters...

Mind what you say!

“STICKS and stones can break my bones, but words can never harm me.” Does anyone still actually think this is true? In my experience words can cause a hurt deeper than any mere stick or stone (clubs and boulders not withstanding)! Words have the power to transform for...

How to land on your feet as a freelance

Getting started in a career in the creative and media industries can be tough. It’s a competitive world and staff jobs are few and far between. Increasingly, new entrants have to break into the arts or journalism as freelances and many will remain so for the rest of...

New Ambassador to represent freelances

In November, the Government announced the appointment of David Morris MP, as the UK’s Self Employed ‘Tsar’, or ambassador, who is going to, “bang the drum for freelances throughout the UK.” The Office of National Statistics says that there are currently over 4.5...

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