About the Video

Translating for the creative industries: fashion, beauty and wine

Do you translate for the creative industries? Many translators are assigned creative projects by large agencies and produce respectable translations. But what if you were to hone your skills and seek work from niche agencies and direct clients? They will pay a higher rate but they will expect more. So how can you make the transition from fine to fabulous?

Alison Hughes will look at the skills required, focussing on three key areas: fashion, beauty and wine.

She will begin by explaining the particularities of the three areas before focussing on the fundamentals of a good creative translator:

  • excellent writing skills
  • the courage to move away from the source
  • subject knowledge and where to find it

before rounding off the video with some networking and CPD tips.


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Alison Hughes

Alison spent three years with Mumm Champagne in Reims before moving to London, where she worked as an in-house translator for United Distillers (now Diageo). She moved to their Glasgow office in 1990 and embarked on a freelance career in 1997. She is a qualified member of ITI and coordinator of its Media, Arts & Tourism network. Alison translates from French to English, mainly for the creative industries.


1 hour 8 minutes

Who should watch it?

Often the ability to move away from the source comes with experience so this video will be of most practical use to translators who have worked in the industry for two to three years upwards, but it will also offer an overview of what is involved for anybody planning to move into the area in the future.

What are the benefits to you?

By the end of the video you will have a clear picture of the skills and information you need to be able to work this area.

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  1. Deanne

    Hello! Is it possible to watch this on another day /time? I might not be available on the 12th at that time..


    • Indeed. We record all our webinars. If you purchase a seat prior to the date of broadcast, you will receive a link to the recording, as well as any handout materials. So it will be just like being there! (almost)

  2. Hello!

    I am interested in attending the webinar, but the time doesn’t fix on my schedule. I would like to join anyway as I’ve seen on a previous comment that we would have access to the video. I would like to know if it would be possible to ask our doubts —in case of any— to the speaker.


    • Dear Raquel. If you have a question that wasn’t raised by someone else at the live event please feel free to send in an email to me or to the speaker. We would ask you to view the video fairly soon after the event and not leave it for many weeks before you ask the question.

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