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.