The Guild of Television Cameramen's business skills roadshow is heading to Manchester. The 'How to Survive as a Freelance!' team will be at Big Shed Studios, Old Trafford, on Saturday September 25. Similar events have already been held in Uxbridge and Birmingham and were very well received. After the Uxbridge day, one attendee commented that this day alone was "worth the year's GTC subs".
The packed day will include tips and information on how to market yourself, crucial information on tax and insurance, and advice on how to finance kit purchases. The full schedule comprises:
Survival Skills for Freelances, Christina Fox
Paying for Your Gear, Duncan Payne, Fineline Media Finance
Keeping the Books Straight, Selwyn Foreman, Bradley Foreman Accountants
The Risk Business, Simon Shaw, Performance Insurance
Vision + Media, northern crew database
Big Shed, a tour of the facilities and studios
...plus free lunch and refreshments.
Feedback from earlier days can be seen on the 'Wish you were there?' section of the GTC website at http://www.gtc.org.uk/calendar/workshops/wish-you-were-there/how-to-survive-as-a-freelance.aspx
GTC workshops are free to GTC members. Non-members are welcome, space permitting, but will be subject to an entrance fee. Membership details can be seen at www.gtc.org.uk
Members of the press wishing to attend should contact GTC Workshops Coordinator, Clive North, on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Formed in 1972, the Guild of Television Cameramen has over 1,000 members in countries as far afield as Australia, Russia, Singapore, South Africa and the USA. The majority work in aspects of television ranging from corporate video production through news and current-affairs, sports and light entertainment, to documentary and drama. The GTC is a non-profit-making organisation run by a council of volunteer television professionals. It is financed by subscription from its members as well as sponsorship from equipment manufacturers and suppliers. As a result, the GTC offers a channel for manufacturers to consult with working cameramen when designing new equipment. The GTC is an authoritative source of advice and information on all matters concerning television content production. Its aim is to preserve the professional status of television cameramen and to advance standards and expertise within the profession. Membership is open to anyone employed as a television camera operator or in any associated occupation.