This On Stage Lighting Interactive (a chance to shout your mouth off) is about progressing in life, stage lighting and getting that job or placement. Give us your advice on expanding your horizons.
On Stage Lighting recently heard from two different people in similar situations. One, a sixteen year old stage lighting beginner, was looking for ideas to help her get into the business. The second was an experienced lighting technician who had recently started out as a freelancer and was trying to get more work. Particularly from a broader range of sources.
They both had the same problem – getting “in” from “outside. A teenager who wants to scale the castle walls of stage lighting and a professional freelancer trying to get work from companies who don’t know him from Adam (one of the first production lighting assistants in history, BTW).
Personal bit: I am going to keep most of my thoughts to myself until some comments come in.
My own personal opinions are coloured by my experiences – whose aren’t? I have nearly always managed to quietly push my way through life , with some support from others. I’ve also had plenty of people tell me they’ve “tried everything” to get a certain result (job, work placement, whatever) but then don’t actually have much of a list.
So, what about you?
This isn’t a stage lighting specific conundrum, it happens to everyone in their personal and professional lives. Readers of OSL are here because they want to learn but that doesn’t meant that you don’t have something to teach. How did you get the part time work in your local venue or even your first job in IT? You have experience on this and so must have ideas to share with these two friends of On Stage Lighting – and the rest of us too.
You can be as specific or as philosophical as you like. Here are a few questions to get you thinking but don’t let them confine your thoughts.
How did you “get your break” doing what you do at the moment?
How do you persuade people that you are worth trying out?
If it’s “Who you know” rather than “What you know”, what to do when you don’t “know” anybody?
PS – The On Stage Lighting Interactives are great for us to all get to know each other a bit better. It seems a bit daunting, typing stuff into that comments box and I really appreciate those that take the time. Don’t worry about being the first!! If the comments keep on coming, I am hoping to run some “Comment of the Month” competitions with real stage lighting goodies to give away.