How To Get Ready For The Self Assessment Deadline

No-one really enjoys filing their Self Assessment. It’s that unwanted chore that you put off until the last minute, before flying into a mad January panic when you realise time’s almost up. Our friends at Crunch, the online accounting specialists, take us through a few hints to help freelancers get through it.

It might not surprise you to know that, historically, Self Assessment deadline day (31st January each year) is an extremely busy day at the offices of HMRC. It also might not come as a surprise that they rake in millions from late-filing penalties every year.

Getting your documents together and filing early are the safest ways to avoid a Self Assessment headache. With that in mind, here are three ways you can get yourself ready for the Self Assessment deadline.

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How To Become A Rigger

What does a rigger do?
A rigger is the individual in charge of assembling gear such as; scaffolding, cables and ropes on set. Riggers manufacture and disassemble essential access and bolster platforms, for example,  as well as scaffold towers, cantilever frameworks, and asphalt and rooftop platforms. They should likewise position and remove specific gear for getting to the rig, for example, vertical steps, roof ladders and rope ladders.

Skills, qualifications and training:
Riggers need an accredited qualification, such as the Advanced Rigging/Scaffolding qualifications in JIGS or NVQs/ SVQs, followed by at least two or three years with a good scaffolding company to gain valuable experience and training. You will be on the road a lot of the time, so you need to ensure that you have a full UK/EU driving licence. There is no specific degree required to get into this role however knowledge in architecture, production design, mechanics, lighting, and engineering are helpful.

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How To Become a Publicist

What They Do
A publicist is someone that is hired to represent and manage all media relationships for their client. They essentially as act as a barrier between the public, and the media. In order to be a successful candidate, you must have strong writing skills as you’ll be writing press kits, press releases, and emailing media professionals to secure interview time for your Artist, Politician, Actor, or Public Figure. In the production sector, you’ll usually be working to promote a particular film or TV project, or alternatively the on-screen talent. You will often create media campaigns and be supervising clients social media pages to make sure everything runs effortlessly, so digital experience on social media would be beneficial.

Formal Education
Those who go into the field of publicity usually have a BA degree in communications like Journalism, Marketing and Advertising, or Public Relations. Having knowledge of communications between the mass media and the public is essential to understanding how the industry works, and how you can successfully navigate using these to work in your favour. Being confident and having great social skills will be key when making those crucial professional relationships. You will also need to be flexible and well read, as you’ll be dealing with a wide variety of clients.

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How To Become a Videographer

A Videographer is the person behind the camera, shooting all types of productions and events such as; corporate videos, B-roll footage for film and TV productions, weddings, business meetings, music videos and even Bar Mitzvas. Usually, the videographer will both shoot and edit the film, taking the project through to completion themselves.

High-end production equipment is no longer a necessity for Videographers because viral content doesn’t always need to be highly polished, and even entry-level kit can output professional HD quality footage. The only the thing that matters is what you’re shooting and how you frame it.

Thankfully due to the ever-increasing digital environment and cheaper editing software’s – becoming a Videographer is now more accessible to the masses. People are consuming more video than ever before, so there is a growing demand for content and an expanding industry for visual story tellers.

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Network Across Rather Than Up

Network. Network. Network.
A word that has been drilled into our heads our entire careers. Here are some tips for anyone starting out in the creative industries.

When it comes to networking; actress, writer, director, and producer of the HBO hit series Insecure, Issa Rae offers a simple but effective solution for aspiring creatives.

“Who’s next to you? Who’s struggling? Who’s in the trenches with you? Who’s just as hungry as you are? Those are the people that you need to build with.”

Issa says she did not see herself being accurately portrayed in mainstream media, so she set out to fill the gap herself. She gained a massive following online through her mini-series The Misadventures of an Awkward Black Girl on YouTube, which garnered almost 20 million views.

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How To Become a Producer

How To Become a Producer

What is a Producer?
A Producer is the individual that starts the entire production process of a TV series, play or film – they are the person responsible for finding a story a home and seeking out investors willing to fund the entire process, which will be crucial to the development of the story.

Things You’ll Need To Consider
First things first, you need to conduct a lot of research into finding a story that you think is worth producing. There are many forms that this can take, whether it is an original screenplay, a book, or just simply an idea that sounds incredible but hasn’t yet made its way on to paper (a lot of creative vision is essential to this process).

Secondly, a lot of time will be spent trying to get the rights to produce the story. Patience is needed for this, as it can months or years to secure the rights, and you are at the forefront of all the negotiations to bring the story to the screen.

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How To Become a Location Scout

How To Become a Location Scout

What Is a Location Scout?
A location scout is essentially the director’s eyes and ears, and helps to develop the narrative by seeking out the perfect location. This is accomplished through finding a place that seamlessly follows the story at hand. The locations may vary from local suburban areas, to tropical islands in a foreign country.

The crucial thing to always keep in mind is the director’s intentions for the film, and the producer’s budget. If you sway too far out of the guidelines set by the producer then you risk bankrupting the film, or being told you aren’t fit to scout for that particular company. As a scout it is your responsibility to ensure that you are making the suitable decisions needed to help in the development process for the film, and to avoid pushing for a location that you have taken a particular liking to, despite it not having much relevance to the plot.

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A Basic Guide To Editing Software

A Basic Guide To Editing Software

Software for professional editing: the pros, the cons and where to start from.
There are many alternatives on the market, but just a few are used by professionals and learning all the tricks of the trade takes time and experience. So what are your options?

Avid Media Composer
The undisputed industry standard for feature films and big productions, which is equipped with the most stable platform for the most complex workflows. Plus, with a complete set of tools to make the most of shared storage and multiple operators working on the same project, it is the go-to choice for post-production companies and editing studios dealing with large teams and complicated setups.

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