Sales Team Manager
How did you first get into live events?
I was really lucky at school, as we had a fantastic theatre facility. I loved theatre but really didn’t want to be on the stage, so thought I would get involved backstage instead and the rest is history! During college I volunteered with the local theatre, started working part time and ended up with a full time job as a technician.
How long have you been working at SLX?
Give a brief description of your role in the company?
Supporting the sales team and our clients, making the magic happen!
Why do you think The Lighting Program is important?
I think it’s important to connect with others in the industry as early as possible. Not only to get in front of people who may be able to help you with work in the future, to build relationships, to share experiences and develop new ideas.
If you could give the students one piece of advice, what would it be?
Don’t be afraid to get experience in all the jobs backstage. It’s important to understand everyone’s roles so you can work together well as a team, and be open to the idea that you might end up enjoying a different job to what you originally set out to do!
What is the most important thing in your toolbox?
My leatherman. My first line manager bought me one and had it engraved with my name, so I wouldn’t lose it. It still comes on every gig with me now 22 year later!
If you hadn’t chosen to go into live events, what would you have done?
Working with animals, probably at a riding stables.
Outside of work, what is your favorite hobby/pastime/thing to do?
..what apart from watching shows? I am a Brownie Leader and Technical Manager for the Taunton Guide and Scout Gang Show and if I am not working on that I will be walking on the Quantocks with my Springador Bertie
What would be your dream production to work on?
What has been your proudest moment?
4 weeks before our Scout & Guide Gang Show, the theatre we had hired went into administration. Having rehearsed with a cast of 70 for months, I was determined that the Show would go on. We ended up building a theatre in a warehouse, complete with dressing rooms, 400 seats and the same size stage as the theatre we were due to perform in.
I called in a lot of favours from amazing friends and freelancers. After several designs, risk assessments, licencing, ticket selling and a lot of hard work we made 6 shows happen on our scheduled dates!
Hairiest show stopping moment?
A big Jazz Band were in for one night, I was at the side of the stage.
I called the band to the stage for act 2 beginners. No one appeared.
Called again, nothing.
Went backstage, no one there.
Went to the FOH bar.. no one there.
Full House now all in their seats!
Sound Engineer and I had to run to the nearest pubs to find them.
Eventually found and encouraged the band away for drinks and back to stage, where the audience eagerly awaited the second half.