Expert Opinion

You are now in our Expert Opinion section. Below you will find interviews we have conducted with experts in all kinds of professions and jobs from journalists to people who are in charge of choosing the next Butlins Redcoats. If there is an expert in an industry we haven’t talked to yet that you would like to hear from go to our contacts page and get in touch.

 


Interview with Helen Gilchrist editor and publisher of Stranger Magazine

How did the concept for Stranger Magazine come about? I’d been working as a freelance journalist in London for around 3 years, and had loads of ideas for articles that didn’t really fit into any existing publications. Also, I couldn’t find many magazines on the shelves that I enjoyed reading: they all seemed to be pigeonholed into either stereotypical male or female interests, or all about city life, shopping, style and consumption. The idea for Stranger came out of wanting to combine my and my friends/ contemporaries’ interests into one publication: lifestyle, music, surf, the environment, current affairs, film, graphics etc. The lifestyle in Cornwall, where I grew up, was the key inspiration and influence for the editorial ideas – I thought it would be good to create a publication that didn’t just revolve around the nation’s capital, something that people in Cornwall and other regional areas would identify with. Last but by no means least, I wanted to move back to Cornwall and live by the sea! What were you doing before you started the publication? I was a freelance journalist working for Time Out, The Independent, The Observer, and various contract publishers, as well as being ...
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Interview with Fashion and Costume Designer Andrea Galer

Have you always been interested in fashion or costume designing? Are you currently on a course or pursuing a career in fashion or costume? If any of these are true then you need to read our interview with Andrea Galer a high-profile film costume and fashion designer with numerous credits to her name including 'Bleak House', 'Persuasion' and 'Jane Eyre'. How did you first get started in costume design? In the 60's I was designing and making my ideas for various artists, musicians and a lot for Julie Christie for her personal wardrobe plus making for theatre productions, Glyndebourne, ballet etc, I didn't go to college and was and always have been passionate about making, techniques etc and there is no point having ideas if you actually do not understand how to make up your ideas. How hard has it been to break in to the business? The progress is ongoing, challenging and at this point of time there are far to many students who are highly creative and when they leave college cannot easily reach their dreams, so when I select post graduates to become involved with my projects, knowing that as a freelancer looking for work and getting ...
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Interview with Elliot Chalmers from Independent Music Law Advice

Musiclawadvice.co.uk supplies advice and representation to a wide range of artists, bands and music related companies. With the rise of talented young musicians, bands and artists all vying for a record deal I thought it was about time we sat down and talked with Elliot Chalmers from Independent Music Law Advice to find out how easy or hard it is to get a contract and what the pitfalls to look out for on the way are. Can you start by telling us how your Independent Music Law Advice Service came about and tell us a bit about the services you provide? Well about 5 years ago I looked at the state of the music industry and the law firms operating in it and saw a potential for a service that was reasonable and more accessible to new labels and artists. I decided to write some articles and gage the response. I immediately realised there was scope for the service and began by analysing contracts clause by clause giving the artist the information needed to understand fully what the contract meant. I have since expanded the service and supply advice and representation to a wide range of artists, bands and music related ...
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Interview with Eira Gibson from The Circus Space

Have you ever wanted to run away with the circus? Are you always clowning around? Then you need to read our interview with Eira Gibson from The Circus Space an organisation dedicated to helping young people develop their circus skills. What is your involvement in the development of the Circus and Circus skills? I work at The Circus Space which is a leading centre for circus arts in the UK.  Here we have a degree course in circus arts, an artist and company development centre where professional circus artists train, classes for adults and an extensive youth circus programme for young people aged 11 - 18. How long have you been working in or around the Circus business? Personally I have worked here for 3 years, but have been working in the physical performing arts for 6 years and running classes with young people for about 10 years. How popular is the Circus with young people? Really popular!  Circus is cool as so many different things come under the umbrella - juggling, acrobatics, trapeze, wire walking all appeal to very different people.  Also, I think circus appeals to young people as a lot of circus skills are things that young ...
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Interview with David Wheeler from StartinTV.com

StartinTV.com is the ultimate one stop shop for anybody looking to break in to TV. The website has built a great reputation by helping thousands of people break in to the world of TV. If you are looking to get in to TV but don't know how to go about it be sure to read on as we speak to David Wheeler Founder and MD of StartinTV.com. What is StartinTV.com all about? The website came about to provide answers to the many questions asked by young people aspiring to a TV/Film/Radio career, i.e., How do you get in? Where can you get work experience? What do the different jobs involve? Etc. We provide a REAL and up-to-date info source with insider info coming from people actually doing the jobs, and who have the connections to help newcomers.  So the site has a wealth of career advice, CV guidance and interview tips. We also offer personalised CV review and will help you with covering letters and pending interviews with personalised support through email or telephone contact, depending on your level of membership. How do people break in to TV? Additionally, and crucially, StartinTV.com actually helps people break in. We do this ...
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