Creative Pros Forums

Creative Opportunities for Young People aged 15 to 26 years

Creative Pros is a careers focused industry forum for young people to take control of their creative future. Find out industry hints and tips, network and get into action! Each forum features speakers from a different creative industry in an interactive lecture. Successful industry leaders are invited to share their experience and journey with you, giving you insight and trade secrets to each creative industry. Please see below for upcoming forums.

UPCOMING CREATIVE PROS. EVENTS

SPEED NETWORKING FOR YOUNG ARTISTS Thursday 10 April, 6pm – 9pm @ Brand X Studios, Chippendale

Creative Pros is a career focused speed networking session for young artists. We have assembled a diverse panel of professional artists, arts workers, gallerists, curators and creative mentors for you to meet with.

Creative Pros is a great opportunity to show your work to a range of professionals in the industry, get feedback & hints on how to break into your chosen field. Come armed with images or your art works, your CV, and a set of questions to ask the Creative Pros mentors. The session is designed to assist you to take control of your creative future, find out arts industry hints and tips, network and get into action! Keep reading to find out more about your panel of mentors.

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For more information on Creative Pros Forums please email Christie or call 9245 1520

Past Creative Pros Forums

Event #21: Word Nerds – Launch yourself into Creative Writing!

young writerBe the first to get creative writing trade secrets at this free Youth Forum! Word Nerds features professional speakers in an interactive seminar with discussion time, so you can get answers to all those burning questions about breaking into a career in writing! Find out how these writers rose to their success.

Wednesday 27 June 2012, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Customs House Library, Level 2, 31 Alfred Street, Circular Quay

 

ANTHONY KLAN
Anthony is an investigative journalist with The Australian. He joined the national investigations team after returning from a six-month secondment with The Wall Street Journal in New York. Klan is a Walkley Award-winning journalist and the holder of News Limited’s top honour, the Sir Keith Murdoch Award for Excellence in Journalism. Most recently, Klan was short-listed for the nation’s top journalism prize, the Graham Perkin Australian Journalist of the Year.
LACHLAN WILLIAMS
Lachlan is a writer, journalist, comedian and copywriter from Sydney. He spent two years working on ZOO Weekly, Australia’s highest-selling blokes’ magazine. Before this he was a researcher and production manager at The Media Research Group – the media monitoring and analysis section of AAP. He’s written features for CLEO and AUSTAR magazines, and penned ads for MOTHER, Carlton Dry and EA Games. He’s a regular on the Sydney comedy circuit, and has performed at festivals around Australia as a comic, poet and member of The Bracket Creeps, Australia’s only poetry boy band. Yes, seriously.
ALLI SEBASTIAN WOLF
Alli is a young playwright and artist based in Sydney. She graduated from NIDA, SCA, AFTRS and NSCAD (Canada). She is captain of Deep Sea Astronauts, a theatre troupe who performed across festivals all over 2009/10 with their productions of The Hideous Demise of Detective Slate and Revenge of the Space Gypsies. Alli is also a short fiction writer and was published in the Best Australia Stories 2004/5.
ROSE POWELL
Rose is communications coordinator at the Sydney Writers’ Centre. With a background in social enterprise network management and freelance copywriting, she coordinates the SWC blog, Facebook, Twitter and works on customer liaison and marketing. She has a Bachelor of Communications (Creative Writing and Cultural Studies) from the University of Technology Sydney and loves reading, writing and everything to do with words. Rose recently launched and coordinated the Best Australian Blogs Competition for the Sydney Writers’ Centre.


Event #20: Perspectives on Events – Launch yourself Into the Events Industry!

Be the first to get Events Industry trade secrets at this free Youth Forum! Speakers will answer your questions about breaking into the Events Industry.

Tuesday 5 July 2011, 6.00pm – 8.00pm
Customs House Library, Level 2, 31 Alfred Street, Circular Quay

ALASTAIR LYLE
Alastair has managed government, sporting, charitable, community and corporate events in the US, the UK and Australia over the last 20 years. He is currently working for the Community Engagement and Events Division within the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet, as project manager of major community and ceremonial events.
VICTORIA WAGHORN
Victoria is the founding member and director of Punk Monk Propaganda: an active mutating experimental film tribe + socio-political art collective spawned from Sydney’s industrial fringe. In her role at Punk Monk, Victoria has been one of the key collaborators behind some fantastic events across the city including Jurassic Lounge at the Australian Museum, Wormwood at UTS & Punk Monk’s own crowd-sourced film festival [15Mb of FAME] in the geodesic dome at Peat’s Ridge Festival. Hear about her experiences working on grass roots events, guerrilla films, art meets & happenings. http://www.punk-monk.com/
JOAN LOEWENSOHN
Joan has been involved in the events arena for a little over 20 years. She has worked in various capacities and with many different organisations on major events including Australia Day, FIFA World Cup, Breakfast on the Bridge & Parramatta Movie Marathon to name a few. She currently runs her own events management business, Hospitality Solutions and works as an event management tutor at Ryde TAFE College.


Event #19: Let It Roll – Be the first to get Film Industry trade secrets!

Tuesday 23 November 2010, 6.00pm – 8.00pm
Customs House Library, Level 2 31 Alfred Street, Circular Quay


RUTH CULLEN
Ruth is one of Australia’s most experienced directors who is best known for her intimate character based documentaries. She has worked in both Australia and New York where she lived for over 10 years, and has credits on over 40 films including the film festival hits: Becoming Julia and The Tightrope Dancer. Her films have screened at film festivals around the world including IDFA (Amsterdam) Sydney, Melbourne, Montreal and Los Angeles International Film Festivals. Recently, she directed the 3 hour series About Men which aired on SBS in 2009, and produced the documentary You Only Live Twice – the incredibly true story of the Hughes family which screened on the ABC in 2010 and is currently nominated for “Best Documentary” in the 2010 AFI Awards. She is a board member of the Australian Director’s Guild (ADG) and a committee member of OZDOX. Ruth is currently Head of Documentary at Australia’s premier film school AFTRS. www.ruthcullen.com
JAMES FINDLAY
James has worked in film and television for the past 9 years. During this time he has worked for Film Australia, ScreenWorld, ABC Television and the BBC in London in various production roles. In 2006 he wrote and directed the short film Vend which was a finalist at the 2006 IF Awards for best short and has screened in festivals worldwide. He is currently working as an Associate Producer for Beyond Productions developing documentary series for the ABC and SBS.
KATE TAYLOR
Kate is currently Network Events, E-Learning + Innovations Coordinator at Metro Screen Australia. Kate is also one of the key creative’s at Punk Monk Propaganda, a film making and projection bombing tribe come art collective and event installation machine. Her work, including short film The Sleeper has been shown at festivals both internationally and locally. An advocate for Sydney’s alternative screen culture, Kate is a regular contributor to the Kino Sydney community and recently organised the Kino Kabaret Film Festival. Kate is currently producing a short-form contemporary dance film project, a virtual world e-learning game for young screen practitioners and organising a seminar on Creative Producing for Metro Screen’s Open Day (Sat Nov 27).


Event #18: Kick Start Your Art – Launch yourself into the Fine Arts industry!

Wednesday 22 September 2010, 6.00pm – 8.00pm
Level 2, Customs House Library 31 Alfred Street, Circular Quay

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LEW PALAITIS
Lew is the founder, director and head curator of Hardware Gallery, Sydney. Having worked in the arts Industry since 1993 and as the director of one of Sydney’s Inner West largest art spaces, Lew Palaitis is an energetic supporter of young and emerging artists as both Gallery curator and employer.
REBECCA BAIRD
Rebecca is a printmaker working and exhibiting nationally & internationally. She has over 20 years teaching experience and has been a printmaking tutor at Pine Street Creative Arts Centre for the past 11 years.
HUGH NICHOLS
Hugh Nichols is the Cultural Development Officer at the City of Sydney, where he is involved in creative and cultural projects as well as the City’s grants programs.

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Event #17: Perspectives on Events in Sydney – Launch Yourself into Events!

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Join us at Customs House Library for a Youth Forum about planning and producing festivals and events from grass roots, localised events to large scale events spreading across multiple locations – such as the City of Sydney’s annual Youth Week, smARTarts Festival, Breakfast on the Bridge, and Sydney Festival.

Tuesday 1 December 2009, 6.00pm – 8.00pm
Level 2, Customs House Library, 31 Alfred Street, Circular Quay

Andrian Black – Mascon Festival, Alastair Lyall – Breakfast on the Bridge, Sue Anderson – Surry Hills Festival, Tiani Chillemi – Anode Festival, Joelle Adams – The City of Sydney’s Youth Week, Tamara Killick – smARTarts Youth Festival and smaller grass roots events.


Event #16: DIY Mania!

Tuesday 22 September 2009, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Level 2, Customs House Library, 31 Alfred Street, Circular Quay
In Association with Mission Australia ’s Creative Youth Initiatives www.missionaustralia.com.au

Launch yourself into DIY at this free youth forum! Whether you are into ‘Do it Yourself’ events, publications or art projects, DIY mania will have something for you. Writers, street artists, events managers, ‘zinesters’ and experienced local DIY legends will come together to discuss their success stories.


Event #15: Word Nerds – Launch Yourself into Creative Writing!

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Tuesday 2nd June 2009, 6.00pm – 8.00pm
Level 2, Customs House Library, 31 Alfred Street, Circular Quay

JAN CORNELL
Jan is a writer, performer, teacher and facilitator based in Sydney, Australia. She has written over fifteen produced plays, musicals, a feature film, a novel and three CDs of songs. Jan has taught extensively at writer’s centres, community colleges, universities and festivals in Australia and Indonesia. Read about Jan’s workshops and creativity retreats at: www.writersjourney.com.au
JESS COOK AKA COOK’N’KITCH
Jess is a poet, writer & performer. A seasoned performance poet, Jess’ poetry was published by Affirm Press’s ‘Lines of Wisdom’ in 2008. Jess is founder & director of Token Imagination, a management and promotion company for word/performance art & events, including the monthly event, WOVEN NERVE held at the Fair Trade Cafe in Glebe (www.tokenimagination.com). Hear about ProjectALICE, Jess’ most recent production. Jess is writer & star of ProjectALICE, which is showing at Carriageworks over the month of May. http://www.carriageworks.com.au
HANNAH BELNICK
Hannah runs the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) Writer’s Society. Hannah will speak about bringing ‘the industry’ into your own community, and about some upcoming UTS Writers Society events focused on linking environmental activism with writing.


EVENT #14: Festivals and Events  – Launch yourself into the Events Industry!

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Thursday 19th March 2008, 6.00pm – 8.00pm
Level 2, Customs House Library 31 Alfred Street, Circular Quay

ALASTAIR LYALL
Alastair has managed sporting, charitable, community and corporate events in the US, the UK and Australia over the last 18 years. He is currently working for the Office of Protocol and Special Events within the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet, as project manager of major community and ceremonial events.
SALLY CASTLE
Sally has worked on events ranging from the Sydney to Wollongong bike ride to private fundraising luncheons with Nobel laureates in a career spanning 11 years. Sally is currently the Fundraising & Marketing Manager at the Centenary Institute in Sydney.
JO DANIELL
Jo is currently Youth Arts Coordinator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, where she coordinates programs & events for youth including Generationext. Jo also has a number of years experience working on various arts, youth & community events.
CHRISTIE TORRINGTON
Christie is director of the City Of Sydney’s smARTarts festival, held annually as part of Youth Week. She has also managed several art events & group exhibitions including ST2K: 2008 Sydney Street Art Festival. Christie is based at Pine Street Creative Arts Centre, as Coordinator of youth arts & cultural programs.


 Event #13: Kick Start Your Art – Launch yourself into Fine Arts!

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Tuesday 2nd December 2008, 6.00pm – 8.00pm
Level 2, Customs House Library 31 Alfred Street, Circular Quay

SANDRO NOCENTINI
Born in Rome, Italy (1966), painter & sculptor Sandro Nocentini now lives & works in Sydney. Since emigrating from Italy, Sandro has participated in a great number of exhibitions in Australia and overseas. Sandro was the winner of the 2005 Sulman Prize for his painting, My son has two mothers. Sandro also finds time to teach figurative sculpture at Pine Street Creative Arts Centre, for more info please visit: http://www.nocentini.com
BRENDAN PENZER
Brendan is a social ecological artist working in the expanded field of installation art practice. Brendan is an award winning sculptor & curator, winner the 2008 Riverworks Environmental Sculpture Competition. Brendan is founding director & curator of At The Vanishing Point Contemporary Art Gallery in Newtown: www.atthevanishingpoint.com.au.
JANE GILLINGS
Jane is an independent Sydney based visual artist who works in the realm of sculpture & installation. Jane has exhibited nationally & internationally in her career spanning over 20 years. Jane is currently exhibiting her latest work ‘Found Feathered Friends’, at NG Gallery, Chippendale. Jane also teaches painting & Drawing to young people at Mission Australia’s Creative Youth Initiatives.


Event #12: Let it Roll! Launch yourself into the Film Industry!

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Tuesday 5th August 2008, 6pm – 8pm
Level 2 Customs House, 31 Alfred Street, Circular Quay, NSW 2000

ANDREW TRAUCKI
Director, writer & producer with over 20 years experience in the film Industry. Andrew’s recent full length feature film Black Water, was released this year to critical acclaim in Australia and has sold to 76 countries around the world. Inspired by real life events, Black Water is a terrifying tale of survival in the mangrove swamps of Northern Australia.
SONIA BIBLE
Sonia has more than fifteen years post-production experience, producing and editing film trailers for theatrical release. Sonia has also worked as a sound engineer and has won multiple best sound awards in Australia and Europe for her work at the ABC, on feature films, documentaries and animation. She has recently won 2 Golden Trailer awards in New York as well as a Gold Promax Award in London for her work on film trailers. Sonia is co-owner / director of Sydney based video production company, Black Jelly Films. www.blackjellyfilms.com
SASCHA ETTINGER–EPSTEIN
Sascha is an award winning writer and director who is dedicated to documentary making. Her first documentary, Painting with Light in a Dark World (2002) won multiple awards including best short documentary at the San Francisco International Film Festival 2003, two AFI’s, IF & ATOM Awards. Her most recent film Project, The Oasis documents the plight of homeless youth assisted by the Oasis Youth service in Surry Hills. The Oasis was recently screened on SBS & sparked a national debate on youth homelessness.
JAMES FINDLAY
James has worked in film and TV for the past 7 years, recently finishing work for in-house children’s drama at the BBC in London. In 2006 he wrote and directed the short film Vend which won Best Film at the St Kilda Film Festival. Vend was also winner of the Golden Star for Best Film at the VSM Short Film Festival in Hollywood and was a finalist at the 2006 IF Awards. He currently works in the Commissioned Production Branch of Screen Australia.


Event #11: Flaunt it! Step into Fashion – Get Fashion Industry trade secrets!

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Tuesday 1st July 2008, 6.00pm – 8.00pm
Level 2, Customs House Library 31 Alfred Street, Circular Quay

PETER DWYER
Peter presented his first collection of designer garments at the 2000 Sydney Fashion Week. Peter has worked as a design assistant for Nicola Finetti and Carla Zampatti and in 2001 became head of the Fashion Design and Art and Design Departments at the KVB Institute of Technology. He currently works on a wide range of freelance fashion and styling projects while heading up the school of fashion styling at White House School of Design.
KAREN FERRY
Karen is the brainchild behind emerging accessories label Karen is a Fox. An established brand since 2005, Karen has sparked excitement with her innovative & unusual designs. Get the inside story on Karen ‘s success at CREATIVE PROS Fashion Forum. Visit the Karen is a Fox online store www.karenisafox.com, for more info.


Event #10: Festival and Events – get trade secrets in the Event Industry!

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Tuesday 4th March 2008, 6.00pm – 8.00pm
Level 2, Customs House Library 31 Alfred Street, Circular Quay

REBECCA CONROY
Rebecca is an interdisciplinary artist working across the fields of devising and writing for live performance, practice based research, community cultural development and event management. Since 2004 she has combined this with collaborative projects in Indonesia in particular with artist run spaces and independent arts collectives & events in Sydney and Indonesia. Rebecca is co-director of Gang Festival and also runs the Creative Industry Studios “Bill and George” based in Redfern. In 2006 Rebecca was awarded a PhD for her research on contemporary performance practice in Indonesia.
AMANDA BUCKLAND
Amanda is a lecturer in Events Management at Ultimo TAFE, where she is also coordinator of Outreach Programs.


Event #9: Tap into Music – Launch yourself into the Music Industry!

LIZ MARTIN
A singer, musician & songwriter, Liz has performed across Australia, alongside the likes of Sigur Ros, Silverchair & The Black Keys. Liz recently toured throughout France, Berlin, Hamburg and Hollywood with long-time collaborator, Michael Bridges. Liz released her debut album Beneath the Stars in 2006, to much critical acclaim throughout Australia. Liz also holds a gold record for her collaborative work with Paul Mac & members of Silverchair. Liz is Co-ordinator of the music program Sounds of the Street, part of Mission Australia’s Creative Youth Initiatives. www.lizmartin.com.au
DANNY KEENAN
Danny is A&R Manager for Albert Music. In that capacity he actively looks for new artists to sign for Albert Productions and new writers for Albert Music Publishing. He also manages the existing roster of recording artists and published writers within the Albert Music group. Albert Music is home to AC/DC, Dallas Crane, The Beasts Of Bourbon and the Skybombers. Prior to this he worked as Artist Development Manager at Warner Music. Over fifteen years he has also worked in many other facets of the music business including music television journalist, magazine editor, band manager and retail manager.
PAUL ANDREWS
Paul Andrews is a songwriter and singer with Sydney band, Lazy Susan. Described by Noel Mengel in the Brisbane Courier-Mail as “one of the best songwriters in Australia”, since 1999 Paul and Lazy Susan have toured extensively throughout Australia and released three albums and five eps – with Paul’s songs receiving both critical and broad acclaim. In addition to regular airplay on Triple J, Paul’s songs have also appeared on some of Australia’s best known television programs, including Home & Away, Neighbours and The Secret Life of Us. Paul also contributed songs for the Channel 7/Yoram Gross/Henson children’s television show, Bambaloo. www.lazy-susan.net


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Event #8: Maximum Exposure – Launch yourself into Photography!

CHRIS GLEISNER
An award winning social documentary, landscape & portrait photographer with a background in photojournalism, Christine has travelled the world with her craft. Christine’s work is regularly published in the Sydney Morning Herald, Sun Herald & Australian Financial Review. Freelance for the past 5 years, Christine also teaches at Mission Australia’s Creative Youth Initiatives. A feature artist ofCity of Sydney’s Art & About 2007, Christine has numerous group and solo shows to her credit, showing at State Library of NSW, Australian Centre for Photography & the Museum of Sydney. www.chrisgleisner.com
CYBELE MALINOWSKI
Cybele is director & principal photographer at Blue Murder Studios, Chippendale. Blue Murder Studios specialises in music, fashion & event photography for big clients including Sony BMG, MTV Australia & 3 Mobile. Cybele’s work captures Sydney’s nightlife; documenting gigs, concerts & events such as Splendour in the Grass & MTV Awards. Cybele’s photographs are published across a wide range of media, including music magazines, street press & music websites. www.bluemurderstudios.com.au
MAYU KANAMORI
Mayu was raised in Roppongi, Tokyo where her family still lives. She migrated to Australia in 1981 and studied philosophy and writing at Toorak College in Melbourne. Mayu started her career in journalism in 1992 as a researcher and photographer for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age newspapers’ Tokyo Bureau. For the past ten years, Mayu has been working as a freelance photo journalist, writer, radio broadcaster and photo media artist based in Sydney. As an artist, Mayu employs her experience as a journalist to create multi media art documentaries, working in collaboration with artists from other disciplines, including theatre and installation works. She exhibits her work in galleries and in theatre venues, often as part of arts festivals in Australia and overseas. She is also the recipient of the 2001 Broome NAIDOC Non Indigenous Reconciliation Award for the sound and slide documentary performance The Heart of the Journey. Her radio feature Chika was finalist for 2004 Walkeley Awards for Excellence in Journalism In 2005, Mayu’s digital and photographic works have been chosen as finalist for 2005 Harries National Digital Awards, 2005 Olive Cotton National Photographic Portrait Awards and 2005 Conrad Jupiters National Art Prize. As a photo journalist, Mayu has contributed to a wide range of publications including magazines, newspapers, and news services both Australian and international. Mayu has taken the photographs for four books.
IAN LEVER
“My career in photography started at 19, after leaving school the year before, and having no idea of where I was going or what I wanted to do for a living. I wasn’t academic at school, but I fancied myself as being artistic. I stumbled into the photographic world by accident, after a friend of mine’s father had a photographic lab, and I started as a cleaner there, with the hope of learning the trade. Within a year I was managing the place, and stayed four years. For the next four years I travelled and worked in Commercial Labs in Toronto, Canada, then London, UK. After returning to Sydney in ’74 I opened my own Lab and ran it until recently for almost 30 years. On the art side, I took to exhibiting almost twenty years ago to fulfill my artistic side and have been quite successful in that area, having had over forty five exhibitions.” – Ian Lever


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Event #7: Tech Head – Get tips from industry professionals in New Media

JOSEPHINE STARRS
Josephine is a senior lecturer in Film & Digital Arts at Sydney College of the Arts (University of Sydney), Rozelle. Josephine has 2 decades of experience as a media artist; researching, managing, creating and exhibiting projects, and speaking at international conferences on the subject of new technologies and culture. Josephine’s art practice focuses primarily on the relationship between society, the machine and the individual, often using play as a strategy for engaging with the social and political contradictions inherent in contemporary life. In 2003 she curated the international Dlux Media Arts event in Sydney, Plaything. The event focused on current and future trends in the field of digital games, featuring key Australian and international game designers, theorists and artists.
JENNIFER WILSON
A member of the National Executive Board of the Australian Interactive Media Industry Association, Jennifer is a regular contributor, speaker and writer on mobile, mobile marketing, convergent media, Generation C, social networking, affinity and community engagement. Until very recently, Jennifer was Managing Director of HWW, provider of the yourTime™ products (yourMovies, yourTV) on both mobile and online. Jennifer has also worked on cross-media content, HWW being a major developer of mobile sites, providing mobile publishing tools for hard-to-source content as well as building third-party mobile sites and web sites.


Event #6: Word Nerds – Launch yourself into Creative Writing!

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MILES MERRILL
Originally from Chicago, Miles has been writing and performing his monologues, slam poetry, hip-hop and stories, touring packed theatres and schools across the US and Australia. Guest of the Sydney Writers’ Festival for the past three years, his show “Slamming” was the hit of the Sydney International Arts Festival in 2005. Miles performed his one-man show “Lamp Post Incantations” at the Sydney Opera House (2006). He is the creator/coordinator of the State Library’s Australian Poetry Slam 2007. His work can be found on www.wordtravels.info
BONNY CASSIDY
Bonny is completing a PhD research thesis on the ethics of reading and writing Jennifer Maiden and Jennifer Rankin’s poetries, in the Department of English, University of Sydney. She has worked in the department as a tutor and is currently chief researcher for The Red Room Company. Her poetry has appeared in various journals and anthologies, including in translation for the Serbian journal, Trci Trg. Bonny is co-editor of ‘The Salon Anthology: New Writing + Art 2005 – 2007’, and has recently completed a libretto for Sydney composer Jeff Galea.
VALERIE KHOO
Valerie is an award-winning feature writer whose articles appear every week in The Sydney Morning Herald. Before becoming a freelance writer six years ago, she was features director of CLEO. She has worked at the three publishing giants – ACP Magazine, Pacific Magazines and EMAP – and currently works as a freelance editor for several consumer and corporate publications. Her work has also appeared in publications such as Vogue, SHE, Australian Financial Review magazine, and The Age. Valerie is also the author of five books.


 Event #5: Kickstart Your Art! Get the low down on the Fine Arts Industry

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LINDY LEE
A prominent Sydney based visual artist, Lindy is a senior lecturer at Sydney College of the Arts, who works in the mediums of painting & mixed media. Her work is featured in most major Australian collections. Some exhibitions include the Biennale of Sydney, Museum of Contemporary Art and the Art Gallery of New South Wales as well as recent showings at Roslyn Oxley 9 Gallery (Sydney) & Sutton Gallery (Melbourne).
JANE GILLINGS
Independent Sydney based visual artist and tutor at Mission Australia’s Creative Youth Initiatives. Jane has exhibited widely and is currently working on an installation for Sculpture by the Sea 2007.
LIAM KENNEDY
Owner/Director of New View Gallery (Newtown).


Event #4: Sell It! Launch yourself into the Advertising Industry

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JUSTIN DRAPE
Get the lowdown from Justin Drape, ex Saatchi & Saatchi creative & founding partner of Three Drunk Monkeys. With high profile advertising clients including FOXTEL Digital, The History Channel, Pepsi Co NZ, Vitaplex, Inspire, L’Occitane, Ideal Introductions and Hopscotch Films. Justin’s advertising campaigns have been awarded both locally and internationally. He has directed television commercials for leading international brands including Mountain Dew, Pepsi Max, Lynx and FOXTEL. In 2006, along with Scott Nowell, he wrote and directed Losing Face, an award winning short film that premiered at The Melbourne International Comedy Festival and was later aired on The Comedy Channel. His second short film, Being Boston, was a 2007 Sony Tropfest finalist, and has recently screened on Channel Nine.
NICK STRINE
Get industry tips from Nick Strine of Strine Design. An established freelance designer with experience in modern cultural & youth trends, Nicks unique vision and understanding of the market has enabled him to work with a diverse and exciting range of clients within the entertainment and music industries. Through a strong business network, Strine Design has partnered with marketing and advertising experts and gives a well rounded look at the industry and marketplace.
ANH DANG
Learn the truth about public relations from Mission Australia’s Media and Events Officer, Anh Dang – it’s nothing like what you see on Sex in the City! After six years in PR, Anh’s trekked the outback with the Royal Flying Doctor Service and met the most interesting people, from people who are homeless to rock stars. She’s also done PR for several large corporations such as MLC, Tenix and Pfizer.


Event #3: Let it Roll! Launch yourself into the Film Industry!

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SASCHA ETTINGER–EPSTEIN
Sascha is an award winning writer and director dedicated to guerilla documentary making. Notorious for her penchant for the underbelly, Her first documentary Painting with Light in a Dark World (2002), about eccentric photographer Peter Darren Moyle was screened worldwide. It won multiple awards including best short documentary at the San Francisco International Film Festival 2003, two AFI’s, IF & ATOM Awards.She has also directed Sentences (2003) about an art program within maximum security at Long Bay Gaol and Change of Heart about the mystique of the human heart and heart transplantation.
ANDREW TRAUCKI
Writer / Director with over twenty years experience in film, post production new media
MAX BOURKE
Max has worked in more than a dozen countries filming documentaries, music videos, TV commercials & drama, specialising in remote locations. His cinematography has appeared on ABC, SBS, BBC, Channel 4 (UK) and in cinemas.

Event #2: Dress It Up! Launch yourself into the Fashion Industry

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PETER DWYER
Presented his first collection of designer garments at the 2000 Sydney Fashion Week. Peter has worked as a design assistant for Nicola Finetti and Carla Zampatti and in 2001 Peter became head of the Fashion Design and Art and Design Departments at the KVB Institue of Technology. He currently works on a wide range of freelance fashion and styling projects as well as heads up the school of fashion styling at White House School of Design.
JACQUI MURRAY
Former Georgio Armarni Buyer/Manager, now freelance buyer.
SUSAN GOODWIN
Founder and designer of Rocket Fuel streetwear clothing.


Event #1: Tap Into Music! Launch yourself into the Music Industry

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LINDY MORRISON
Lindy was the drummer for the Go-betweens from 1980 to 1990 which toured extensively through the USA, Europe and Australia. Since 1992 Lindy has worked as the artistic director at South Sydney Youth Services recording and producing songs written by young aspiring musicians in the area. Lindy is now the National Coordinator of Support Act Ltd (the registered benevolent society for musicians in need).
NICK CHUGG
Music promoter with Chugg Entertainment
SHAUN DANIELS
Founder of Nurcha Records