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Creative Jobs

This section offers a look at careers in cultural and creative industries, with explanations by industry professionals themselves.

Cinema

Bertrand Tavernier

January 24, 2017 Writer and director

« A director is someone who needs to uncover secret emotions and bring them to life and  give them power »

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TV

Marguerite Abouet

January 13, 2017 Author, scriptwriter, dialogue writer and creator of the TV series C’est La Vie

“I was born in a country where verbal sparring comes naturally. I grew up with these dialogues.”

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Music

Matthijs Bakker

July 20, 2016 Finance director & procurement, Universal Music Group International

« To do my job, you first of all need to be very open minded as you need to learn from everybody and understand cultural differences » 

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Cinema

Géraldine Gendre

March 25, 2016 Executive Vice President Production and Distribution, Studiocanal France

 “Within that line-up we try to have a balance among genres - animation, comedy, drama; logistics- big budget vs. small budget; plus the issue of talent- finding new talent or talent we want to work with again. It’s that coherence that needs to emerge out of our decisions with the production team”

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Yves Ubelmann

January 19, 2016 Digital architect for cultural heritage

'' What we try to do is develop new technologies for digital acquisition, 3D acquisition, in order to archive monuments and archaeological sites threatened with destruction ''

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Cinema

Stéphane Lerouge

January 18, 2016 Designer of the Ecoutez le cinema ! discography collection (Decca Records / Universal Music France)

“My job is to dust off, bring back to life and help people rediscover all of Universal Music’s soundtrack collections “

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Music

Julie Fuchs

December 15, 2015 Opera singer

“ It would be good if people didn’t get the impression that classical music was somehow different from them and from music in general “

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Music

Olivier Nusse

November 4, 2015 Ex-Managing Director: Mercury Music Group and Universal Classic & Jazz France

“Whether you are in urban or classical music you meet absolutely totally different personalities and that what makes this job so exciting, I find “

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Music

Zahia Ziouani

September 10, 2015 Conductor

“My work is also to provide a focal point for social and cultural diversity that is, unfortunately, quite rare in the cultural sphere “

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Music

Sound engineer training program in Mali

August 28, 2015 Abou Cissé, engineer in training

 “ The most important thing is to learn the job, understand it, and love it. And then the rest takes care of itself ”

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Music

Alex Beaupain

July 3, 2015 Singer-songwriter

« To be a singer-songwriter you need to be constantly on the lookout and never stop listening to what others are doing »

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Cinema

Carole Bienaimé – Besse

April 1, 2015 Documentary producer

Young viewers are really important to me. I think that they still want strong content with a storytelling element where the filmmaker’s viewpoint is real”

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Music

Nicolas Pellet

March 18, 2015 Ex-Head of marketing and A&R at Polydor

“ The ability to adapt to all the different players in the chain of professions in the record industry: that is the most important quality in my job ”

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Music

Damien Fischetti

March 12, 2015 Ex-Digital strategist at Polydor

“What’s really important in my work is to get an idea of what music technology and platforms are going to look like in the future”

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TV

Anne Landois

December 19, 2014 Showrunner of Spiral (Engrenages)

"A good showrunner is not someone who imposes a vision. It's someone who shares it."

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Music

Patricia Teglia

July 25, 2014 Freelance press agent

“I prefer the term “talent developer” because I help artists develop their careers by managing their media relations.”

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Music

Cyril Bahsief

July 11, 2014 Programmer of Le Printemps de Bourges festival and artistic adviser of Les Inouïs

“Festivals have a role to play in the discovery of emerging talents”

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Music

Laurence Equilbey

June 19, 2014 Conductor

“It is really the strength of your vision that gives you artistic authority.”

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Music

Olivier Boccon-Gibod

June 11, 2014 Concert promoter and booking agent

"We don’t sign artists for what they are doing today, but for what we think we will be able to accomplish with them in the future"

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Cinema

Caroline Champetier

May 27, 2014 Director of photography

“The fundamental artistic decisions for a film, I take them with the director; I offer suggestions and work with him to find the right solution”

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Emilie Delorme

May 26, 2014 Director of the Académie européenne de musique of the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence

“The mix of different nationalities and disciplines is one of the things that set our Academy apart”  

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Music

Sarah Forest

April 1, 2014 Business Affairs Director at Universal Music France

“Intellectual property is at the heart of my job”

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Cinema

Kristof Serrand

March 13, 2014 Animation Director at DreamWorks Animation

“To me, animation is about bringing characters to life”

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TV

Christine Cauquelin

February 12, 2014 Ex - Head of documentaries, Canal+

 “The role of a documentary is to examine our world from a viewpoint that is constantly changing”

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Music

Milos Karadaglic

February 6, 2014 Classical guitarist

"Only you know what you have inside you and if you think that it's great then ... Show it to the world !"

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Bernard Foccroulle

June 14, 2013 Director of the Festival international d’art lyrique d’Aix-en-Provence

« In the opera world, we have the privilege of working with artists who are extraordinary creators, innovators and performers ».

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Cinema

Manuel Alduy

March 13, 2013 Ex-Head of Canal+ cinema division

"Our aim is to offer subscribers the best variety of movies possible"

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Cinema

Béatrice Valbin-Constant

October 21, 2012 Ex-Film Restorer, Studiocanal

"Restoring films is all about preserving and rebuilding a work of art such as it has been imagined by its creator at one particular time"

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Cinema

Stéphane Cazes

September 10, 2012 Screenwriter and Director

"The most important thing for a director is to surround himself with the right people"

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Music

Yann Ollivier

August 31, 2012 Ex-Managing Director, Universal Music Classics & Jazz France

"Today classical music needs this young generation of artists but it also needs a young generation of artisans"

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Cinema

Rodolphe Buet

May 21, 2012 Ex-Head of International Distribution and Business Development, Studiocanal

"I have a role in all of Studiocanal's growth levers"

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Music

Patrick Boulos

May 21, 2012 Managing Director for the MENA Region, Universal Music

" We try to strike a balance between our international catalogue and a more locally -based approach in Middle East" 

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Music

Olivier Lefebvre

May 21, 2012 Ex-A&R Manager, Universal Music

"My job consists in spotting young artists and once they are signed it's about finding the right way to record their music"

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Video games

Mary Schuyler

May 21, 2012 Senior Producer, Activision

Mary Schuyler is the Senior Producer for Skylanders Universe, an interactive universe that continues the adventures of Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure, an Activision game, on the web.

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Music

Laurent Bizot

May 21, 2012 Executive Producer and Founder of the No format! record label

"Being a producer and founder of a label means being confident in your intuition: choices have to be made "

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Video games

Terry Spier

May 21, 2012 Lead Level Designer, Activision Blizzard

Terry Spier is Lead Level Designer at the High Moon studios, a wholly owned studio of Activision Blizzard based in California, USA.

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Music

Isabelle Davy

May 21, 2012 Sound Engineer

"What I like about working with sound is that I can shape and sculpt something that to me is very tangible"

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Music

Claire Pesnel

May 21, 2012 Business Affairs, Universal Music Group

" We are active along the entire value chain of albums' production "

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Music

Arnaud Delbarre

May 21, 2012 Ex- CEO of the Olympia

" You need to be in love with entertainment and artists to get people to believe in your project "

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