Come and learn from an early career artist how they moulded their creative skills into being a freelancer.

This session will give you the confidence and understanding you need to set yourself up as self-employed from someone who really understands the pressures of being a young creative in 2021.

Millie Wood-Downie is a freelance Poet, Producer, Performer and Facilitator, graduating with a First Class Honours Degree in Drama with Creative Writing from UWE Bristol in 2018. She is currently based between Bristol and London, whilst working closely with her hometown, Brighton.

She was Artistic Producer and Co-Founder of award winner theatre company, Penultimate, and in 2019 started the highly commended emerging artists exhibition, Place, at the Station, Bristol.

She is currently a commissioned artist for the BBC New Creatives with a spoken word audio piece, I Want To Be Good, and is an Arts Council Supported Artist with her debut one-woman show, There Was A Little Girl.

All her work, whether it be a poetry commission, a Young Persons Workshop or Producing within grass root social enterprise, is centred on challenging assumptions, being bold and supporting those who are marginalised in society, the arts or both.

Involved in the session:

  • How to set yourself up: logistics and legalities
  • What has and hasn’t worked for me
  • Pro’s and con’s
  • Things I know now, that I wish I’d known then!
  • Things I’ve learnt about working in the creative industry and as a freelancer
  • Networking and email introduction exercise ie. finding yourself work!
  • Q&A

What you will take away

  • A fuller understanding of what could be in store if you go self-employed
  • A more guided way of networking and finding work
  • Confidence that you have it in you to be freelance
  • A full list of South-West creatives and organisations to get you on your way

24th March | 5.30 - 7.30pm | Ages 18-30 | On Zoom


If you would like to attend the event please sign up to the waiting list. 

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