6 April, 2021






A beginners guide to being a freelancer

The first in our Creative Futures series – a programme of workshops, talks, webinars and facilitated conversations programmed by Culture Weston. The programme aims to support creatives and freelance practitioners, at any career stage, helping them build skills and develop their practice to develop as creative entrepreneurs.

Date: 6 April 2021

Time: 3.30pm

About this Event

Come and learn from an early career artist how they moulded their creative skills into being a freelancer. This 1.5 hour 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.

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
  • Hopefully some laughs along the way

About Millie Wood-Downie

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. She recently received Arts Council funding to complete her debut one-woman play, There Was A Little Girl, which will be performed in Bristol and Brighton in May 2021. 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.

This is a free event but please sign up in advance by clicking HERE

A Zoom link will be sent via email once you have completed the sign up.