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Creatives share their own experiences of working within the creative industry.

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How burnout changes your approach: The Other Box’s Leyya Sattar

Interview by Indi Davies and
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How Disney supervising director Ben Juwono overcame his creative guilt

Written by Ben Juwono
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Hot off the press! Why these students chose newsprint for their favourite projects

Written by Anoushka Khandwala
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Success, money, age and Instagram: Five creatives on how to stop pressuring yourself

Written by Anoushka Khandwala
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Freelance designer Callum Stephenson on letting criticism make you, not break you

Written by Callum Stephenson
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How do you take your degree show on tour? UCA grads tell us how it’s done

Written by Rory Stiff
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When do competitions become free labour? Five creatives on their enticing and exploitative nature

Written by Creative Lives in Progress
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What I’ve learnt about money: Comuzi co-founder Alex Fefegha

Interview by Indi Davies and
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Age is not a timeline for success: Tori West on making money and battling self-pressure

Interview by Indi Davies and
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D’oh! How to laugh at and learn from creative mistakes

Written by Fiona Martin
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Allow yourself some downtime! Conor Nolan on battling creative frustration

Written by Conor Nolan
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What illustrator Michael Driver learnt from a rollercoaster ride with money

Interview by Indi Davies and
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What it means to be a photographer today: Gem Fletcher on the ‘messy truth’ of the industry

Written by Gem Fletcher
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Following design activism from Holland to the Maldives: Charlotte Allen’s first year out of uni

Written by Charlotte Allen
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Bad reviews are like heartbreaks: Illustrator Roman Muradov on receiving criticism

Written by Roman Muradov
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Student collective Nuff Said on why it’s time to stop talking about diversity

Written by Isaac Izekor
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Designer Matt Gardner on overcoming the pressure to be a ‘creative’ creative

Written by Matt Gardner
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Written by Nils Westerlund
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An honest account of the financial reality of quitting a side job that takes over

Interview by Creative Lives in Progress
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You’re Doing Great: The DIY career support group that anyone can run

Written by Anna Goss
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Nine creatives reflect on the perks and pitfalls of using Instagram for their work

Written by Creative Lives in Progress
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2 years on: What we’ve learnt from our most popular articles

Written by Indi Davies
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We need to talk about Instagram: Illustration agency Handsome Frank on algorithm anxiety

Written by Jon Cockley
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How music ends up in film, TV, games and more: An introduction to music licensing

Written by Rebecca Irvin