N17 Creative Callings Participant: Graham Parker

N17 Creative Callings participant Graham Parker is a freelance sub editor/content editor with more than 20 years’ experience working on print and online titles for some of the UK’s leading content marketing agencies and magazine publishers.

Graham recently enrolled with Fashion-Enter Ltd on the business support initiative ‘N17 Creative Callings’, a two-year programme supported by the Mayor of London and the European Social Fund. To find out more click here. The aim is to provide small creative businesses with all the advice, networking and further education that they might need to ensure their business flourishes and is a success.

CEO of Fashion-Enter Jenny Holloway comments: “Graham has come a long way since the start of the N17 Creative Callings programme. He has now completed his Level 4 qualification in Digital Media with programme partners Collage Arts and he has significantly improved his skills.

Click the link to view Graham's N17 Creative Callings animation: https://youtu.be/YRoK-giosKE

“The lockdown has not been easy for anyone but absolute credit to Graham who has continued to complete his work and concentrate on his consultancy business offering animation, copywriting services and digital support for other creatives. We are now at the stage of completing forecasts and budgets for his business; Graham the world is your oyster! Well done so far.”

More about Graham:

After graduating with a BA (Hons) in English & Media Studies (Southampton University), Graham began his media/marketing career as a product manager for a computer games company. He was responsible for the production of packaging, marketing and advertising materials for PC, Sony PlayStation and Sega games.

Following this, Graham trained as a sub editor and worked freelance on a variety of magazines, including Top of the Pops and Clothes Show for BBC Worldwide.

While working as a sub editor on Cable Guide magazine (TV listings and features), he was offered a permanent role as the editor of Cable Guide online. Graham produced and edited a new website, which was nominated for a Best Designed Magazine on the Web Award at the Magazine Design Awards.

When Cable Guide closed, he returned to freelancing. Much of his work since has been with content marketing agencies, helping them to produce magazines, websites and other marketing materials that communicate their clients’ brand messages effectively. At John Brown Media, for example, he worked on Pets at Home’s multi-award-winning customer magazine, My VIP, and Virgin’s internal comms magazine, The Roger Collective.

Over the years, Graham has also worked as a sub editor on weekly consumer magazines such as Take a Break, Woman’s Own and Real People, and on fashion titles such as Elle, Matches magazine and London Fashion Week ‘The Daily’ newspaper.

His work involves editing copy to ensure that it has the right tone of voice for the client/brand; cutting copy to fit pages; writing headlines, captions and standfirsts; liaising with writers, designers and editors; feature writing, copywriting, CMS web editing, fact-checking and proofreading.

Graham commented: “Since joining the programme, I have been very impressed by the enthusiasm that the team at N17 Creative Callings has shown for helping me to develop my creative business ideas and skills.”