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Arts industry figures share their stories about knowing when it's time to seek the next challenge, and how to handle the process of moving on.
Planning isn't the first thing that comes to mind for those who enjoy a spontaneous lifestyle. But for artists and freelances, it can be the key to freedom.
When you are a child actor, chubby means cute. When you hit adolescence, it can be agony. And as an adult...
Using the people around you in your art may test whether you care more about your creative work or your relationships.
Going to work in a prison revived this theatre-maker and reminded him why he makes theatre.
Should being busy really be a badge of honour? The mounting pressure for artists to create more, more, more may prove detrimental to creative output.
As a freelancer you don’t have the power to set the agenda and you can’t afford to argue with those who do. But there are still ways of influencing the outcomes.
Opinions & Analysis
Letting your art speak for itself is a luxury you probably can’t afford. Confident public speaking on and offstage increases your opportunities to work.
Bits & Blogs
If you want to use Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to promote your art or arts organisation, you need to use these tools but avoid the traps.
A well-written bio does more than list your accomplishments. It makes readers curious.
Giving new recruits a login and showing them where the toilets are is not enough to make them productive employees.
Life as a digital nomad takes a little more than a laptop and a Lonely Planet guide.
Writers and artists have always had erratic work. But the casualisation of the workforce means arts managers and curators do too.
If you are not playing by these budgeting rules, don't expect the numbers to add up on an arts income.
Stop using your erratic income as an excuse to avoid taking control of your finances
In the age of the mash-up, adaptations, reappropriations and covers can provide a more viable stream of work than doing your own thing.
Doing too much can give you an adrenaline rush but it comes at a long term cost.
Dreaming of a vital arts sector can be empowering but it can also be depressing.
More than most fields, success in the arts depends on having the confidence to choose your own path and stick to it.
Most jobs require a bunch of competencies that are not part of the core skill set but are essential to a viable career.
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