Creative Careers: Expert Insights

Find the career that will make you excited to wake up on Monday mornings

Join us for interviews with experts and live Q&As every Tuesday at 19:30 from 03/11/20

Wondering what’s next for you? Don’t want a normal 9-5, but you DO want to be creative and earn good money?

This is your chance to chat with the pros and get a head start in creative careers. Our Atlantic Youth Creative Hubs project brings you interviews and live Q&As with experts in a variety of creative roles, including film composers, creative directors, music artist managers, designers and more. Whatever your creative superpower, join our YouTube Lives and Discord Q&As, taking place weekly throughout the winter. You’ll find out what these roles are like – what you do in them, the good, bad and benefits and how to get into similar jobs.

All the YouTube Live interviews will be hosted on this page on Tuesdays at 19:30, and live Q&As will kick off on dedicated Discord Servers at 20:30, right after the interviews. All you have to do is come back to this page when the interviews are happening. Find out more about the speakers below.

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Creative Director – Ellie Wilding
Tuesday 24th November at 19:30

How do you turn your daydreams into cash money? Creative director could be the career for you. Whether you’re an artist, into graphic design, or have storytelling superpowers, creative directors turn imagination into reality and bring in big money for charities, retail, events, brands and more. Join us in an interview and live Q&A with creative director Ellie Wilding who can answer all your questions on making it big in creative industries.

Ellie started her career designing sets for film and theatre, where she found her passion for using creative thinking to solve big problems. This led her to start working for agencies where she could do just that. As a Creative Director, Ellie works with famous brands to develop creative ways for them to meet their goals. This means managing the creative process (how the project gets done – from suppliers to designers) , creative direction (the ‘big picture’) and also her team.

Ellie has worked leading brands, including KLM, Heathrow Airport, eOne and Ministry of Sound.

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Come back and check as new speakers are added to the line up for early 2021!

Previous speakers

Rewatch the interview with John over on our YouTube channel.

Love music? Want to be part of something big? If you think you could find the next Beyonce, Stormzy or Billie Eilish, being a music artist manager could be perfect for you. They’re essential to the music industry and even head up major roles in companies like Spotify. Join Jon Turner, music artist manager, in an interview where we’ll break down how to get into the industry and a live Q&A where you can quiz the pro.

Jon Turner is a music artist manager currently representing Palmaria and Tom Pointer. His artist management company, Big House Music, is celebrating five years in business, having worked with acclaimed artists like Tom Grennan and Dermot Kennedy.

Starting in merchandising and retail operations in Toronto, Jon moved to London to pursue his passion for music. In London, he completed an MA in Music Business Management at the University of Westminster.

Whilst setting up his management company, Jon also landed a role in a creative agency specialising in music and entertainment, making him the perfect person to talk to about how to break into creative careers.

Rewatch Robin’s interview on our YouTube channel.

Have you ever watched a horror film without the music? It’s just not scary. You can create worlds with music; influence, inspire, delight and terrify – you can also make a living. Join Robin Christopher Heering to hear how music composing has taken Robin around the world – and how it could transform your life. Do you need to be a musician, how do you make demos that get noticed, how do you meet the right people if you’re not in the right place?

Robin is a Film and TV composer specialising in orchestral music and electronic soundscapes, collaborating with producers, artists, and musicians of all genres. Robin’s career has seen him score a number of award-winning films and short films internationally including “Pretending to Forget”, “Recall”, “Rewritten”, “The Art of Clowning”, and “Yellow Brick Road”. His collaborations include working with producers and directors, who have gone on to work Universal Studios, Walt Disney Studios, and Netflix, amongst others.

Robin started his career through self-tuition and by proactively building a strong global network of talented professionals and mentors before going to study music composition and orchestration in Malaysia and then New Zealand. Robin recently completed a Masters in Music Business Management at Westminster University.

Love a puzzle? Like helping people? Got big ideas? You could be a creative strategist – that’s the brains behind an Apple ad campaign or charity fundraiser. This career takes your creativity, and adds the skills to manage people and projects for big success. It even gives you the flexibility to be self employed. Ask Tamara Askew more when she joins us for an interview and live Q&A about how YOU can get started as a creative strategist, and why you’d want to.

Tamara has over 10 years’ experience in the fast paced, fun, creative world of digital marketing. She started off in smaller agencies where she built up her skills, and now works with international brands including Honda, KLM and Intel.

As a creative strategist, Tamara works closely with creative teams (who design marketing or products) and account teams (who look after clients). She sees the ‘big picture’ and drives the strategy that makes everything work – from market insights to audience profiling – and is ready for your questions!

To find out more about our work with Atlantic Youth Creative Hubs head over to the main project page.

Atlantic Youth Creative Hub (AYCH) are a European project which has established a network of 4 Atlantic coastal countries, involving 17 partners and 14 delivery partners. AYCH is dedicated to youth up to 30 years old seeking a career or self-employment in the creative sector. Find out more on their website or our main AYCH project page.

Interreg Europe helps regional and local governments across Europe to develop and deliver better policy. They aim to make sure that government investment, innovation and implementation efforts all lead to integrated and sustainable impact for people and place. Find out more on their website.