Upcoming Workshops


Engaging with Your Online Audiences 
Dan Marrable, 448 Studio
Thursday 6 May 2021, 6:00 – 7:30pm

Email keadmin@rcs.ac.uk to reserve your place.

Our world is more virtual than ever before. We have all had to adapt to new ways of working and showcasing ourselves to an online community. This talk will shine a spotlight on developing a personal brand and engaging effectively with an online community using social media.  We will look at real life examples and identify a ‘formula’ that works for you; whether it’s looking for potential employers, identifying clients or just utilising the tools effectively.

What you will learn:

  • The differences between a personal brand and a corporate brand
  • Key questions to ask yourself before developing your own brand
  • Choosing the right channel/s for you
  • How to be professional on social media but still have a personality
  • Identifying audiences and creating content that relates to them
  • How to develop a personal brand marketing campaign using social media

Dan Marrable is a social and digital media consultant, speaker and trainer. He specialises in developing solutions and bespoke workshops for people and businesses who want to up-skill and connect with their audiences through social media. Before founding 448 Studio he worked with the University of Glasgow, Vancouver & London Olympic organising committees as well as the Commonwealth Games. Dan is a co-founder of the 24 hour online conference All Day All Night.


Previous Workshops 

An Introduction to Recording Music at Home
Thursday 1 October 2020

An RCS Team, led by Tim Cooper, is working to develop a set of resources to support you in your self-recording. In this session we will introduce these new resources, available to all students, and answer your questions about basic recording techniques.

This session will be of special interest to students in the School of Music but the resources will be available to everyone and may also be useful for students in the School of Drama, Dance, Production and Film, particularly those studying Musical Theatre.

An Introduction to Self-Taping at Home
Thursday 8 October 2020

Now, more than ever, you are likely to be asked to put yourself on tape at home for an audition. Moving forward with your career this may even become the new norm. Spotlight’s Audio-Visual Specialist, Nicholas Peel, will lead this workshop on self-taping to help prepare you with a step-sby-step guide on how to record the best possible audition tape from your own home with limited equipment.

This session will be of special interest to students in the School of Drama, Dance, Production and Film but will involve tips and suggestions that will be helpful to a number of disciplines.

How to Grow your Idea with Crowdfunding
Thursday 12 November 2020

2020 has been a rollercoaster year in many ways, and the competition for support and funding is fiercer than ever before. In this workshop you will learn about different crowdfunding platforms, and how to make your project stand out with tips from crowdfunding expert Kaye Symington, from Paved With Gold. Finish off 2020 with all the information you need to roll straight into 2021 ready to start fundraising for your idea.

Building Resilience and Understanding Performance Anxiety
Thursday 3 December 2020, 6:00 – 7:30pm

The past year has thrown up a number of challenges to everyone in the performing arts and this might lead to an increase in stress and anxiety. As we begin to return to performing live, or online, you may find that you need to manage a new form of performance anxiety.

This workshop will be led by Lee Holland (Mental Note Ltd.) and Matilda Mayne (Mayne Psychology). They will discuss the building blocks you need to develop resilience as a performer by training your mental skills, and the impact this can have on performance anxiety. This session will include information on the scientific fundamentals of resilience and anxiety as well as include practical strategies to cope more effectively.

Costing and Pricing Your Time: The Daily Rate Calculator 
Thursday 4 February 2021, 6:00 – 7:30pm

Putting a price on your practice is never as simple as just picking a price you like, or a price YOU think your practice is worth. It’s essential to understand the true cost of what your work as a freelance artist costs, as well as knowing what the market expects and what your competitors prices are, and how that effects you. In this workshop, we’ll use a ‘Daily Rate Calculator’ to help you discover your ideal price.

This workshop was led by Rachael, who is currently CEO of The Future Economy Company, previously known as Cultural Enterprise Office. The Future Economy Company’s focus is to enable creative & social impacts to be at the heart of our economy. Rachael is experienced in supporting purpose driven businesses & creative enterprises. She is an active female leader, and proud to lead an all female team. Her background is in music, she is a trained opera singer and was a music promoter for many years.

Writing Effective Funding Applications
Thursday 4 March 2021, 6:00 – 7:30pm

Grant-writing is more competitive than ever, and being able to articulate effectively why a funder should support your work is essential to ensure that you can bring funds to deliver your work. This workshop, led by David Johnson of Cause4, aims to equip participants to write strong applications for funding from Trusts and Foundations, as well as Statutory funders. It is a practical session designed to improve writing skills and support building an application, as well as providing guidance on where to find opportunities and what to do in order to maximise your chances of success.

By the end of the session you will have increased confidence in writing bids to win funding, have greater success in responding to funding criteria, understand a range of research techniques and relationship building tips, and use tools to generate ideas and build a Case for Support for your work.

The Road Ahead
Presented by Make It Happen and RCS Students’ Union
Monday 12 – Friday 16 April 2021

A week of lunchtime digital events to energize and strengthen your future practice, projects, and career. Workshops will focus on working in the ‘new normal’ and how to ensure your practice is futureproofed for the post-covid world.

Is there something you’d like to see covered in a Make It Happen workshop? Let us know by emailing Stephanie at keadmin@rcs.ac.uk.

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