Alison Grade quickly understood my business better than I do and her advice transformed the way I plan for and get new work. Transformed.

WILLIAM GALLAGHER

About Alison

Alison Grade brings a rare mix of creative, academic and business experience to help transform creative concepts into business realities. She has transformed many entrepreneurs’ ideas into scalable businesses. A career freelancer herself, Alison has also transformed the careers of thousands of other with her bestselling book, The Freelance Bible, published by Penguin.

Alison has senior management experience in many media companies – predominantly in international television and film production, rights management and strategy – but she also has formal academic training and is a Nesta-accredited Creative Enterprise Trainer.

Add to that mix that Alison is also an entrepreneur who has established her own businesses and it becomes clear why she is in such demand by many creative businesses as a consultant and non-exec.

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The Book

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Alison demystifies what it means to be a freelancer and helps the reader decide if a freelance career is for them.

A very useful guide for anyone contemplating a career in the creative industries.

BARBARA BROCCOLI OBE, Producer | EON Productions
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Alison strikes an excellent and inspirational balance; sharing tips and advice that help you work out how to be secure in insecurity and ace the journey to becoming a freelancer.

ALEX MAHON, CEO | Channel 4
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Alison’s experiences as both a freelancer and an advisor shine throughout this book.

An indispensable, easy-to-read guide to freelancing.

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I would have found The Freelance Bible incredibly valuable when starting my freelance career.

It’s equally helpful for successful freelancers looking to drive their careers to the next level of success.

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If you have talent and passion this is a very practical guide to turning that into a career, from someone who’s not just done it but taught many others how to do it too.

MIKE SOUTHON, Cass Business School
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No freelance stone is left unturned with this book.

I wish this book had existed when I started freelancing 20 years ago.

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Invaluable advice for navigating the complex freelance world.

CAROLINE NORBURY MBE, CEO | Creative England

Experience

ALISON HAS PRODUCED OVER 7,000 MINUTES OF FILM AND TV, HAS MENTORED HUNDREDS OF SMEs AND THOUSANDS OF ENTREPRENEURS INDIVIDUALLY AND VIA PROGRAMMES WITH GOVERNMENTS, NGOs AND TOP UNIVERSITIES.

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FILM / TV PRODUCTION

OVER 7,000 MINUTES | £20M+ BUDGET

FILM & TV

Alison has worked on documentaries, animation, drama, feature films, factual and entertainment productions on both high and low budgets.

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ACADEMIA

COURSE / MODULE DEVELOPMENT / DELIVERY

DEVELOPMENT AND DELIVERY

Alsion has acted as consultant and visting fellow at a number of universtities and has developed and delivered courses, modules and lectures for BA and MA courses.

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MENTORING

CREATIVE PRACTITIONERS AND SMEs

BUSINESS SUPPORT

1-1 business support and workshops to pre-start and existing Creative Industries SMEs directly and via a range of programmes with universtities, the BBC, NESTA and the British Council.

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INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

MONETISING CONTENT INTERNATIONALLY

STRATEGY & EXPLOITATION

Wide experience in the exploitation of IP rights in media content across a wide range of platforms having sold TV formats globally and negotiating licencing deals.

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STRATEGY

HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE

SMART THINKING

Alison is a Cambridge graduate and an INSEAD MBA with hands-on experience devising strategy for both her own businesses and major corporations.

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NON-EXEC / INTERIM

THE RIGHTS SKILLS

GUIDANCE AND SUPPORT

Alison has the emotional intelligence coupled with the strategic vision to guide and support organisations articulate and realise their stratgic goals.

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Articles

NEWS, VIEWS AND EVENTS