About Alison

ABOUT 1

Alison Grade, spent 15 years working at senior level 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. She is also in demand teaching the next generation of entrepreneurs how to turn their creative passion into a career – hence her Penguin book being published early in 2020.

ABOUT 2

Why The Book?

YOU WANT TO GO FREELANCE. YOU WANT TO MAKE YOUR CAREER WORK FOR YOU, ON YOUR TERMS AND DETERMINED BY YOUR OWN DEFINITION OF SUCCESS. YOU WANT AUTONOMY, FLEXIBILITY AND VARIETY. BUT WHERE DO YOU START?

ABOUT 1

In The Freelance Bible, serial entrepreneur and career freelancer Alison guides you through absolutely everything that you need to know to start your successful self-employed life.

Starting from day one, she will help you develop your personal brand, pick up the financial essentials, grow your client base, manage your work – life balance, negotiate deals and value your time as you become more established. The Freelance Bible is your complete guide to turning your talent into a fulfilling and sustainable career.

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Why The Book?

YOU WANT TO GO FREELANCE. YOU WANT TO MAKE YOUR CAREER WORK FOR YOU, ON YOUR TERMS AND DETERMINED BY YOUR OWN DEFINITION OF SUCCESS. YOU WANT AUTONOMY, FLEXIBILITY AND VARIETY. BUT WHERE DO YOU START?

ABOUT 1

In The Freelance Bible, serial entrepreneur and career freelancer Alison guides you through absolutely everything that you need to know to start your successful self-employed life.

Starting from day one, she will help you develop your personal brand, pick up the financial essentials, grow your client base, manage your work – life balance, negotiate deals and value your time as you become more established. The Freelance Bible is your complete guide to turning your talent into a fulfilling and sustainable career.

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ABOUT 5

Experience

Alison spent 15 years working at senior level in many media companies – predominantly in international television and film production, rights management and strategy.

ABOUT 1

Alison is also an entrepreneur who has established her own businesses – another reason she is in such demand by many creative businesses as a consultant and non-exec.

ABOUT 5

Experience

Alison spent 15 years working at senior level in many media companies – predominantly in international television and film production, rights management and strategy.

ABOUT 1

Alison is also an entrepreneur who has established her own businesses – another reason she is in such demand by many creative businesses as a consultant and non-exec.

Alison also has formal academic training and is a Nesta-accredited Creative Enterprise Trainer with extensive experience in providing one-to-one business support and workshops to both pre-start and existing Creative Industries SMEs through her work on a range of programmes with universities and institutions including the BBC Academy, Birmingham City University, Coventry University and Aston University.

  • Currently Alison owns Mission Accomplished, a consultancy offering training, mentoring and strategic advice to start-ups and established SMEs in the Creative Industries.

  • She has also developed and delivered courses, modules and lectures for the BA and MA courses within several universities.

  • During her career Alison has produced over 7,000 minutes of film and television with a combined spend of over £16m. She has worked on documentaries, animation, drama, feature films, factual and entertainment productions on both high and low budgets.

  • More recently she concentrated on the commercial exploitation of intellectual property rights in media content across a wide range of platforms through distribution and licensing – in other words Alison knows how to monetise content.

Her non-media experience includes founding Girls Angels, a motorcycle training school that specialised in training women – which she took from idea to profitable business to trade sale in under two years. More recently she directed a highly successful business bringing hands-on media training into schools.
Alison holds an MBA (Masters in Business Administration) from INSEAD (2001) and a Management Studies Degree from St John’s College, Cambridge (1992).