Attendees of the UK’s first ever women in comedy festival will be given the chance to learn how to turn their passion into a career.
The Accidental Business School will be running a workshop that promises pragmatic, non-corporate support to anyone who is trying to make a living doing what they love – even if they don’t see themselves as the corporate type.
Using a number of original methods, including much bell-ringing and buzzer pressing, the workshop will cover topics including building businesses relationships that make money, self-promotion, negotiations and pricing.
She said: “Comedy is one of this country’s greatest loves. Like a favourite film or musician, everybody has a favourite comedian that makes them laugh. But that doesn’t make it an easy business to crack into.
“Often, a wannabe professional comedian will find that they are very talented on the stage and under the spotlight, but they don’t know where to begin with everything that goes on behind the scenes.
“To us, an accidental business person is anyone who is in business working for themselves but doesn’t think of themselves as a traditional business person. On a good day they feel like a successful maverick, but on a bad day they worry that other business people know something they don’t and feel like a fraud Our advice is tailored for these people, chopped up into bite-sized chunks, relayed in plain English and delivered with oomph.”
The festival, the first of its kind, has been designed for the growing number of women’s comedy producers, performers and supporters. It is has been established to celebrate all things funny and female across a variety of platforms including live comedy performances, comedy theatre, and visual art.
There are 85 Women in Comedy festival events taking place across Manchester throughout October. For more details, visit http://www.womenincomedy.co.uk/2013/home.html
The Accidental Business School has been created by Cheshire-based Ruby Star Associates, which is also sponsoring the festival. The company works with numerous blue chip and not for profit companies throughout the UK.
Isla Wilson will also be presenting the EVA women in business awards later this year.
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About Ruby Star Associates:
Ruby Star Associates is the UK’s only Ooomph Agency.
They help charities, social enterprises and passion-driven businesses of all shapes and sizes build partnerships, sell better, generate more income, and innovate. They offer training, advice, support, and even some “doing”. They also help organisations to change their relationship with the external world though innovation and better articulation of the social value they create. They use a wide range of techniques including the LEGO (R) Serious Play (TM) materials and methodology.
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