There are many roles that are present in more than one creative industry or genre. Craft roles, such as hair and make-up or costume designer, are needed in film and TV drama, theatre and unscripted TV. Concept artists are used in animation, games, visual effects and advertising. Writers can be found pretty much everywhere across the sector.
Freelancers who develop skills in one of these roles can go on to have successful portfolio careers by applying their skills to a variety of industries and genres. Many freelancers find this an exciting and creative way to work. It also expands their range of clients and thereby helps maintain a steady income.
Go to How to develop a portfolio career in the screen industries to learn how to do that. Or click on these icons to find out about specific roles.
Film and TV drama
Covers genres ranging from period dramas to epic fantasies screened at the cinema, on TV or on streaming sites
Visual effects (VFX)
Involves making sequences on a computer that can't be created on set, like enormous crowds and fire-breathing dragons
Combines art with programming as well as production, design and testing - the UK’s fastest growing entertainment industry
Creates the illusion of movement, includes computer-generated, stop-motion and hand-drawn animation
Can be defined as 'TV without actors' - non-fiction telly on any subject from natural history and music to dating or learning a skill
Is the final stage in film and programme-making where footage is cut, music, sound and commentary are mixed and visual effects are added