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Next Generation: Creative How To 

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mac birmingham in partnership with Amy Martin (Bearheart) present

The Creative How To Series

Begins Tue 14 Oct | 6-8pm | Hexagon Theatre | Free

Creative career navigation for young people aged 16-24

The Creative How To sessions aim to demystify the creative and cultural sector helping to find a route in, whether as an employee, freelancer or as an entrepreneur. Fresh faces seeking career navigation within the arts, look no further than the FREE Creative How To sessions at mac birmingham.

Upcoming sessions:

Tue 17 Mar, 6-8pm | How to Get Big on the Internet at BOM (Birmingham Open Media)
with Amy Martin, Chris Unitt of One Further digital consultancy, Allison Sadler, owner of People, and Choncey Boddington (vlogger The Petite Britette)
What's to gain from having bags of subscribers to your YouTube channel or thousands of followers on Instagram? In this session we'll hear from arty types who are big on The Internet, discuss the benefits of having an online following and figure out how you build an online fan base.

Please note this final session of the series (How to Get Big on the Internet) takes places off site at BOM, 1 Dudley Street, Birmingham, B5 4EG and is part of BBC Digital Week

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Past Session Resources:

Tue 14 Oct | How to fail
with Amy Martin and Matt Nation, creator of Provide
Steve Jobs was a loser, well he lost a company and countless opportunities before gaining big time as the boss of Apple. In this session we'll look at the positives behind failure and how to pick yourself up after a bump in the road.

Click here for online resources from How to Fail.

Tue 28 Oct | How to Make a Decision
with Laura McDermott & Harun Morrison, Artistic Directors of Fierce Festival

Toast or cereal toast or cereal... Do you ever find it hard to make a decision? Maybe you're not sure if you should go to uni or perhaps you're flummoxed by another of life's options. This session will help you develop the where-with-alls to make a decision and the conviction to stick to it.

Click here for online resources from How to Make a Decision.

Tue 11 Nov | How to Lead a Workshop
with Amy Martin and Janice Connolly (Barbara Nice)
Being able to lead a workshop is a brilliant skill to add to your metaphorical tool box. In this session we'll look at the art of creative facilitation and how you can develop workshops from your creative passion.

Click here for online resources from How to Lead a Workshop.

Tue 25 Nov | How to Budget & Manage a Project 
with Amy Martin and Peta Murphy Burke from Arts Council
In this session we look at the deadly important skills of project management and how to wrestle a budget into submission. Knowing these skills will raise you head & shoulders above the competition. Peta gives an introduction to G4A funding based on a £5k budget, highlighting the need for artists to hone their skills in producing / project management.

Click here for online resources from How to Budget & Manage a Project.

Tue 9 Dec | How to Change the World
with Yinka Danmole, designer & creator of The Loft, Mohammad Ali (Aerosol Arabic) and Immy Kaur co-founder of Impact Hub Birmingham / curator of TEDxBrum
Without creativity - creative problem solving, creative thinking - we don't have a hope of making a positive difference in the world. We need to think outside of the box to come up with real, innovative, workable solutions to the problems that face us. In this session you'll meet artists who are making positive changes in society and explore how you can too.

Click here for online resources from How to Change the World.

Tue 20 Jan | How to Find the Time
with Amy Martin and Wanjiku Nyachae
Your time is being zapped up by The Internet and the zillions of other distractions in life so how do you make the time to do the important stuff? This session looks at the practical skills of time management and reveals that there IS enough hours in the day! 

Click here for online resources from How to Find the Time.

Tue 3 Feb | How to Tell Your Story
with Bearheart (Amy Martin and Polarbear aka Steven Camden)
We want to know the story behind why you do what you do. Whether you have artwork to sell or an audience to entertain, people are far more likely to engage and connect if you deliver a well-crafted story with an emotional core. This session will help you to craft that story so people will listen.

Tue 17 Feb | How to Get Set Up as a Freelancer / Start a Business
with Amy Martin and Lara Ratnaraja
Creatives don't have a right to make money just an opportunity. In this session we explore the business of creativity and the practical knowledge of tax, insurance, self employment and getting legally set up as a new business.

Click here for online resources from How to Get Set Up...

Tue 3 Mar, 6-8pm | How to Get a Job
with Capsule's Creative Director Lisa Meyer and Alison Solomon, Casting Coordinator at The REP
Are CVs old hat? In this session top employers from arts & cultural organisations share their experience of hiring and firing creative talent and what they're really looking for in an employee.

Click here for online resources from How to Get a Job.