Arts Smarts

Now is the time to make smart decisions and be agile. Photo: David Iskander on Unsplash
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Being good at what you do might not be enough any more. Business advisors give us key tips to make freelancing sustainable in COVID-19 era.
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Steff Green
'Owls Do Cry'  is among many productions forced to cancel performances. Photo: Red Leap Theatre
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The Big Idea speaks to Creative New Zealand about their timeline for COVID-19 support - with a checklist of what to do next and where to find the info.
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Steff Green
Is it time to make your art into a business? Image: Shutterstock
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Can your arts skills pay the bills? The questions to ask to find out whether you can turn a hobby into a career.
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The Big Idea Editor
Works by Mike Langford (left) and Jackie Ranken (right) capture Jackson Bay Wharf, from their Symbiosis II exhibition.
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Mary de Ruyter talks to two artists and asks them how they made it to the point of an enviable creative life.
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Mary de Ruyter
Callum Campbell (right) is the founder of Discholars, which offers music lessons using digital and electronic instruments in a new way.
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Got a brilliant idea for a creative product or service, but need help taking it to the next level? Massey’s Master of Creative Enterprise could be for you.
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The Big Idea Editor
Caleb Jones on Unsplash.
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There can be internal or external pressure to "pick one thing" in our careers, but several arts professionals share how they embraced multiple passions, paths and creative pursuits.
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The Big Idea Editor
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Passionate about a creative pursuit, but too scared to turn it into a full-time career? Here’s some expert advice to help you make the leap.
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Kate Powell
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Its the time of the year that we review what's working. Arts industry figures share their stories about knowing when it's time to seek the next challenge, and how to handle the process of moving on.
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The Big Idea Editor
Jon Toogood. Supplied.
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Thinking about returning to university after a long gap, or for the first time as an adult student? Shihad’s Jon Toogood has been there, done that, and has some advice.
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Steff Green
Photo by Jordan McDonald on Unsplash
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If you work in the arts, at some point you’re bound to experience the dreaded rut. Kathryn Burnett has some top tips for moving forward the next time your creative juices stop flowing.
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The Big Idea Editor