About Me

I have been interested in lighting and sound since I was 14 years old, when I went to see my school’s performance of the popular musical “Fame.”  After volunteering to help out in the day to day running of the lighting and sound in the school, I rose from assisting with fitting radio microphones during assemblies, to designing and operating the lights for many of the subsequent dramatic productions, including “Oliver” and “Dr Faustus.”  I also helped out with the upgrade of the school’s installed lighting control system from analogue to DMX.

As I moved on to university in Birmingham, I continued to explore my fascination with lighting and sound through my job in the students’ union as a technician, and it was here that I decided to pursue lighting design as a profession, rather than just a passion.  In my time at Birmingham, I began to explore lighting design concepts with the guidance of more experienced technicians, and I began to learn more about lighting design as a profession, learning about the industry and gaining more knowledge of products within the industry.

After Birmingham, I spent a year working in PRG’s Longbridge location as a cable technician.  Here, I further expanded my product knowledge and my understanding of how larger events go together, and how a production comes to fruition from a design concept based on a client’s specification. I was also fortunate enough to preview the release of PRG’s latest proprietary fixture, the Best Boy.

I am now reading for a BSc in Lighting Design and Technology at the University of Glamorgan near Cardiff.  I have just completed and passed my first year with a 73% average across my modules, and I am looking forward to resuming my studies in September.  Doing this university course has already taught me a great deal in areas I had not previously explored, including working in a television studio, and visualisation of lighting designs using Cast Software’s WYSIWYG program.  I have also secured two fantastic opportunities with the university, with ROBE lighting and ETC.  I have worked for ROBE during PLASA on their stand as a salesperson.  This includes a visit to their head office and factory in the Czech Republic to receive product training.  I have also had the honour of receiving ETC’s international LDI scholarship, which took me to the LDI show in 2012.