In 2011 our director Monica delivered a guest lecture about freelancing to the graduating class of actors at Australia’s premier dramatic academy. Now, Monica and the team at Creative Plus Business write and deliver a sixteen part program of Professional Practice lectures. Our students are the graduating classes of the Acting, Costume, Design for Performance, Properties and Objects, Technical Theatre and Stage Management. The lectures cover all aspects of creative self-employment, including practical information about best small business practice and planning, marketing, finance, and more.
Graduates of the NIDA Professional Practice program are now emerging leaders in the performing arts industry, including award-winning performers Chika Ikogwe and Joel Jackson. Both report that Creative Plus Business has helped them to set up freelance businesses, embark on producing careers, and have better partnerships with their agencies. They have also continued to access our support as clients on their own right.
“Monica is one of the most inspirational, motivational and thorough lecturers I have in the course of study at NIDA… this results in a student who is self-motivated and encouraged to be bold, strategic and then audacious in pursuit of their creative life.”
Di Drew – Former Head of Film and Television, NIDA (2015)