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We once again sponsored the “How to freelance” session at this year’s London BAFTA Guru Live at 195 Piccadilly and it was yet another amazing day, as it always is.  

BAFTA Guru live is a 2-day event with industry masterclasses, panels and Q&As for aspiring creatives – the London leg of the festival took place last weekend and was an outstanding success, yet again, with over 100 audience members in attendance at our session.

Searchlight sponsored the packed session “How to be a freelancer” and Cathy Alford, Searchlight’s Managing Director, introduced Sara Putt who provided valuable tips on how to represent yourself effectively and manage a freelance career.

Sara continued by stating that as a freelancer you need to build your brand as an individual company, and that etiquette on social media can play a big part in whether you get a job or not.

Personal relationships and their impact on future placements was also heavily focused on, with personal relationships being labelled as “career currency”.

Sara ended her talk by stating that, wherever you go, you should also try and double your network, getting your name out there ensuring that the work doesn’t stop.

The audience were then invited to partake in a Q&A with both Cathy and Sara.

Our consultants were on hand afterwards to host a CV surgery. Suzanne was there to provide guidance on putting together a great CV and possible career-paths. Whilst Ian, our freelance consultant, helped budding creatives refine and perfect their show-reels which are gospel when it comes to finding work.

Many thanks to BAFTA and the Partnerships team for inviting us back and helping with the organisation of the session and the surgery – it wouldn’t have been such a success without you!

And may thanks to Sara Putt for hosting a brilliantly insightful session!

Thanks for a great day – and if you were there, thanks for coming!