IPSE x BBC2 Bring the Drama Festival

Supporting freelancers in the creative industries


Ready to take center stage in your freelance career?

BBC2's Bring the Drama Festival is your spotlight moment, with IPSE here to guide the way.

IPSE is delighted to be supporting this festival, which aims to bring together stage and screen and open up the doors to the next generation of behind-the-scenes talent. Across six weeks in Spring 2024, you’ll be able to find an event showcasing everything from stage-managing to wig-making, lighting to line producing, set design to make-up design. 

You can find all of the events happening throughout the festival as well as upcoming opportunities on the ERIC app.

With 16% of all freelancers now in creative industries (artistic, literary and media occupations), lifting up this sector is more vital than ever! Join IPSE to navigate this thriving landscape and turn your freelance spark into a full-blown success story.

Keep scrolling to dive into the secrets of self-employed success. Explore our festival events, download exclusive guides, and connect with IPSE experts - your freelance story starts here.


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Spring Budget 2024: How does it impact you and your business?

12:30PM - 1:30PM, 7 Mar 2024

The Chancellor will soon deliver what could be his last fiscal statement before the next general election. He is under pressure to cut taxes and increase the VAT threshold; but will he meet the calls of business groups – including IPSE, as well as many of his own backbenchers for measures to boost economic growth?

Join IPSE’s policy team the following day for their reaction to the announcement and insight into how any new measures could impact you, your business, and the wider self-employed sector.

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5 advanced interview room tactics to win more work at higher rates

12:00PM - 1:00PM, 12 Mar 2024

Many people think they are good in interviews (or should we say client sales meetings?!), but how can you be good at something you have only done a few times in your life?

It’s not just about being able to talk confidently! Being good at something requires coaching and practice, so we are running a live online career webinar all about advanced interview skills.

This live session will provide leading-edge information on advanced interview techniques specifically for contractors, interims, and freelancers.

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Thriving, not just surviving: Essential skills for the newly self-employed

12:30PM - 1:30PM, 20 Mar 2024

Whether you're just starting out or you’re in the early stages of your self-employment journey, this webinar session aims to tackle the common challenges faced by newcomers in the freelancing world.

Topics will include foundational aspects such as: time and energy management, procrastination, building resilience, avoiding burnout, shaping the right mindset, living with uncertainty, financial worries, stress management, and defining a clear business vision.

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How to be a successful sole trader

12:30PM - 1:30PM, 21 Mar 2024

Operating as a sole trader is a simple way to work, but you need to know what you’re doing if you’re going to maximise your income.

In this webinar, hosted by IPSE's Director of Policy Andy Chamberlain and Workwell, we will explore everything you need to know about setting up and working as a sole trader.

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Tax returns: All you need to know

12:00PM - 1:00PM, 25 Mar 2024

This webinar will explain everything you need to know about tax returns for freelancers.  

Join this webinar with Lucy Cohen, co-founder from Mazuma (online accountant for small and micro-businesses), who will talk through the self-assessment tax return process and how to make submitting one as painless as possible.

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