BVE North; lots on offer to staff and freelances in film and tv.
5 November 2011
If you work in the North and you have registered for BVE North (16-17 November at Manchester Central) don't miss BECTU's seminar How to be a Successful Freelance.
Launch statement: How to Be a Successful Freelance
The inevitable uncertainty that this creates is not helped by the current economic climate which is affecting us all and is further complicated by the influx of new media production graduates entering the marketplace each year.
Tackling the freelance jungle
There’s no doubt that the creative industries are oversupplied with many thousands of freelances all competing for work. Some might say it was always thus, but these days the freelance jungle is denser and more difficult to navigate.
So how do you stand out from the crowd?
How do you make sure that you're someone who gets hired again and again; aiming to be the very best, so you not only attract new clients and at the same time retain existing ones?
To provide some answers, BECTU, the media and entertainment union, has persuaded three of its successful northern based freelance members to ‘spill the beans’ and tell how they survive and thrive.
Covering a range of production and post production sectors, Christine Pyke, Faisal Qureshi and Mike Thornton will tell their individual stories of how they first broke into the creative industries, established themselves professionally and most importantly, how they stay in work and in demand.
John Crumpton will chair the panel to coax out ‘top tips’ from the assembled panelists.
Mike Thornton is a Pro Tools genius and an award winning ‘audiomeister’, defined as ‘a person of great skill and authority in sound’. His vast array of credits include music (from classical to rock), drama and documentaries across all the BBC Radio networks, as well as audio post production for video and TV, ‘new media’, live sound, commercial CDs, DVDs and podcasts, helping clients tell their stories with sound. He has been described as “an oasis of calm in a stormy creative world“; “quick, creative & easy to work with“; “always going the extra mile“; and “invests himself in the success of your project“
Faisal A. Qureshi has worked as a writer and editor for nearly ten years, working on Film/TV projects for the BBC and a variety of production companies. Most recently he was Associate Producer on the award winning UK feature film Four Lions and he has also produced the short film Khalil the Great for FACT Liverpool.
He is a visiting lecturer at the Northern Film School in Leeds and the EICTV in Cuba.
John Crumpton has worked in the film and television industry for over thirty years as an editor, producer and director. He has been nominated three times for BAFTA awards, winning one for his sound editing work on Hillsborough.
For the last five years John has worked for BECTU, the media and entertainment union, as their Northern Learning Organiser. When time permits John continues to produce his own projects, I Married a Cult Figure from Salford being his latest production.