Emrys Green, arts consultant
Emrys Green is a freelance arts consultant and company director, working with major organisations on arts strategy development.
Bury St Edmunds.
What job do you do?
I'm a freelance arts consultant and company director. I travel around the country quite a bit.
As a company director, I oversee an entertainment technical production company, CEG Productions. The company provides staging equipement for live music gigs, dance and theatre shows.
I also run a media company, MDK Web Media, which produces marketing material.
What previous jobs in theatre have you done?
I started in theatre many years ago, as a child. Later on, I became interested in the technical and marketing aspects.
"I love getting out to a production and pulling a show together."
To start with, I did lots and lots of work experience. I volunteered on every school drama or youth theatre production going for about four years, even while I was starting paid work.
My first paid role was as a stage technician on a regional panto.
Elsewhere, I've stage managed, production managed, and trained young people for theatre work. I've both performed in shows and designed lighting for them.
I've worked on lots of different types of shows of varying sizes.
What qualifications do you have?
I also have both OCN and City & Guilds accreditations in facilitation – meaning I can deliver training sessions.
Finally, I have a degree in management.
What do you do at work?
I spend a lot of time sending emails and talking on the phone.
I also get to go out of the office and meet a lot of people to chat theatre, but I always have to remember to do the accounts side of my job too.
I love getting out to a production and working long days pulling a show together.
What's the best thing about your job?
Seeing hundreds – or thousands – of faces light up at a good show.
And the worst thing about the job?
Sometimes the unexpected occurs, or I have to deal with less work than would be nice. So at times, I'd say the uncertainty.
How do I get into theatre?
Seek, create and make the most of opportunities.
"Seeing hundreds of faces light up at a good show is the best."
Sometimes, summer schools and youth theatres will be crying out for people to help with the stage, make costumes, or sell tickets.
Other times, you have to get together with friends and create your own shows to get the experience. Both are valuable, and the right mechanisms can really help (my catalyst was the Arts Award and helpful mentors).
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