Freelance Friday – The Hive

The Hive are coming to Industry Week to introduce the benefits and challenges of working freelance or setting up your own business in the creative industries.


– Consider your options for working for yourself based on real life experiences of successful freelancers and entrepreneurs

– Discuss your freelancing/business ideas with experienced business owners

– Identify sources of support and guidance for your next steps


10-10:10: Welcome and Introduction by Lindsay Davies

10:10-10:30: Mythbusting with Adrian Williams from The Hive

10:30-11:15: Talk ‘Freelancing for Beginners’ by Sally Hodgson owner of Pipoca plus Q&A

11:15-12:15: 3x local creative / digital business to present about their business journey plus Q&A

12:15-12:45: Next Steps with The Hive

Compulsory Groups :  No compulsory groups  

Speaker profile

  • Sally Hodgson

    Sally Hodgson has run her freelance business, under the moniker of PIPOCA, for the past ten years. Her work in the film industry spans audience development, marketing, distribution and project management. Recognised as one of the UK’s first Producers of Marketing & Distribution, Sally connects films to audiences through a wide range of interventions including international festival premieres, crowdfunding campaigns, academic research, advertising, outdoor campaigns, commercial partnerships and sponsorship, press and publicity, grassroots and outreach activities, advocacy, direct marketing, social media and event cinema. Her other freelance engagements include filmmaker mentoring and speaking on topics such as crowdfunding, independent film distribution and audience development at events including SxSW, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Doc/Fest and on training courses run by European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs and the Independent Cinema Office.