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Creative and media jobs


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Creative and media jobs

  1. 1. Stage Director A stage director sets up a live theatrical production and collaborates with artists and technicians to create a story for the audience. According to the American Association of Community Theaters, the director "has the challenging task of bringing together the many complex pieces of a production--the script, actors, set, costuming, lighting and sound and music--into a unified whole." Education and Experience There are no official education requirements for being a stage director, but many have a bachelor of fine arts in theater or masters of fine arts in directing. Directors must be very familiar with all aspects of theater, so it is helpful to have acted and also been on the technical crew of a show. Directors must have strong leadership skills and high emotional intelligence so that they can interact with other artists and also bring characters to life through the actors. They must be organized, creative and willing to work long hours. They must also understand budgets and be able to work within them. Misconceptions Some people think that a director is still involved in the production after it has opened. However, a director's job is over once the show has opened. The stage manager ensures that the show remains the same and also leads rehearsals for understudies and replacement actors. The director may visit the show occasionally maybe to give notes to the actors. Tasks A director's work starts long before rehearsals begin. First, they read the script to understand the playwright's vision. Next, they cast characters to each person. Through the rehearsal process, they help the actors understand their characters. They also block the actors, meaning that she tells them where to stand in each scene. As opening night approaches, they then check on music, lights, costumes and sets so that they all work together smoothly.
  2. 2. Radio Presenter Many radio presenters start their careers in local radio, often making drinks or working as receptionists to begin with. Although there is no set route to becoming a radio presenter it is important to have a keen interest in music, a willingness to start at the bottom and to be prepared to initially work unsociable hours. Duties Many radio presenters will work alongside a producer to develop their shows. It is important to work well with others and have lots of ideas. The presenter is responsible for playing the music, talking between the songs and interviewing any guests on the show. The presenter will usually work in the office of the radio station before their show starts in order to prepare any scripts or interviews. Education No formal education is required to become a radio presenter. Some presenters come from media or journalism backgrounds and have taken related courses at school or college. Others may work their way up via different jobs at the station. It is valuable to gain as much presenting experience as possible. Demo To get a job as a radio presenter the station manager will want to hear a demo. This is a CD or MP3 of you presenting a radio show. In the first stages you should record yourself talking about something that you are interested in. This will give the station controller an insight into your personality. This does not have to be professionally made and should simply show your skills and potential. Skills All presenters must have excellent communication skills. A presenter will need to be confident, work well under pressure and have great listening skills. Although some technical skills such as being able to work a sound desk may be useful, many presenters learn this on the job.
  3. 3. Photographer There are many aspects to photography. First, decide what branch you wish to explore. Is it wedding photography? Is it child photography? Is it fashion, or even industrial? They all have much in common but they are all different in the skills and the mind set they need. Photography needs to be approached as a business and with the mind set of a business man. Talent and creativity may help you get far but having an open mind will get you further than you think. Qualifications of being a photographer: A degree is essential in photography as it would increase your chances of getting a job at a well known company and probably increase your salary. For becoming a photographer you need to know how to work a camera and how to take steady pictures of moving objects such as birds without scaring them away, if this is not easy for you then you will find it harder to get a job as a photographer. Skills and Personal Qualities • Be creative, with a good eye. • Be motivated and determined. • Be reliable and able to meet deadline. • Have computer skills, especially with computer programs such as Photoshop. • Have excellent technical and photographic skills. • Have good communication skills. • Be able to focus on getting s good picture no matter what is going on around them. What is work like? Professional photographers take pictures of people, events places and objects. Their work can appear anywhere from newspapers to magazines. They cover a wide range of different tasks. Each job – or shoot will be different, and how individual photographer spend their time might also depend on the area in which they work in.
  4. 4. Fashion Designer Fashion designers design clothes for designer labels or for the mass production clothing industries. They might specialise in leisurewear, beachwear, lingerie or wedding outfits. They may also design accessories, A designer might work as part of a fashion house or as part of an in-house design team employed by a retail chain. Self-employment is also a possibility, sending samples of their design to buyers, shops, agents or trade fairs, and employing workers to put together garments. Work activities such as contributing to deciding trends, testing designs and using mannequins, dealing with problems that may arise with their designs when the clothes go into final production and lots more. Knowledge Knowledge of trends and markets from visiting fashion shows, prediction fairs and exhibitions. Also understanding of pattern cutting the properties of different fabrics and manufacturing techniques. Knowing the history of fashion/ style is essential and colour co-ordination. Skills and Qualities. You need many skills such as communication, personal and negotiation skills. Also technical skills such as drawing, computer based skills; business and marketing skills. A person should be artistic and creative, able to pay attention to colour detail, texture and pattern. All of these are necessary including; • the ability to immerse yourself in the 'clients' world • creating and refining design skills • persuasive presentation skills • pattern-cutting and sewing skills • networking and problem solving skills • costing and budgeting skills • business/marketing skills • time/project management skills. • Stamina and the ability to work under pressure
  5. 5. Choreographer A choreographer is a professional performance artist who designs and communicates sequences of movement through dance, either for a solo dancer, pair of dancers or an entire company of dancers, most often set to music or other forms of rhythm such as drums. A choreographer is referred to as a person who created or staged dances. Job Responsibilities: The choreographer is generally responsible for holding dance auditions for the particular piece of dance they are choreographing. Strong physical stamina is necessary as is the ability to work long hours. Most choreographers are former dancers so the ability to relate to those who are dancing the steps is critical. The primary focus of a choreographer is to tell stories or express a mood or feeling through rhythm and movement. A successful choreographer should be able to create and stage dances for a variety of different spaces such as a large concert hall, opera house, and sometimes outdoor performance spaces. The ability to work with large groups of people, communicate clearly and effectively and collaborate as part of a team is important. Educational Requirements: Although there are no educational requirements to be a choreographer, most successful choreographers have a degree in dance or performance and have been training from a very young age, particularly those who wish to choreograph classical ballet. Qualities Needed: A choreographer should have self-discipline, perseverance and respect. The ability to demonstrate strong leadership and effective results in the dancers' performance is critical.
  6. 6. Art Gallery Curator Art gallery curators are responsible for managing collections of objects of artistic, historical and general interest. In a large gallery they might specialise, perhaps in art history, while in a smaller gallery they would have a broader role. Much of the job involves acquiring objects, researching, and identifying them, often on computer. Curators are also responsible for ensuring the correct storage conditions. As an art gallery curator, your work would include: • Researching, identifying and cataloguing paintings and other items • Making sure paintings and other items are stores in the right conditions • Organising displays • Answering visitors’ questions • Giving talks to groups, schools and other conventions. • Finding ways of attracting visitors to the gallery • Negotiating funding and the loan of paintings and other items You may also be responsible for staffing issues, security and publcity. Skills and Qualifications needed to be an art curator: You normally need a degree in a relevant subject such as art or art history. Minimum requirements for degree courses are five GCSEs (A-C)/S grades (1-3) and two A levels/ Advanced Highers/three Higher grades, or their equivalent such as AS levels, a BTEC/SQA national diploma/certificate, or AVCEs. Some courses specify particular subjects and grades.. To become a curator, you are also likely to need a postgraduate qualification, which usually takes one year to complete You will also need some voluntary work experience in a gallery environment.. Some galleries recruit from outside the profession, including people experienced in accountancy, administration or marketing.