Simon Lovelace, technical manager

 2 August 2012

Simon runs Crew Class training courses, which provide training and advice to people entering the events and entertainment industry.

"Don’t just send your CV out into space. Phone the technical manager at your local venue and ask to meet them."

Hometown?

London and Scarborough.

What job do you do?

I work in event technical management (lights, sound & production).  I also run the Crew Class training course in live crewing and events production.

What previous jobs have you done?

I've worked as a local crew stagehand with Stage Miracles.

In my career in this industry I've done everything from packing trucks to lighting major artists and pinning microphones on Government ministers.

"Be positive and stay focused – there will be knockbacks along the way."

What qualifications do you have?

No formal ones as such, but I have 20 years experience and membership of all the major trade organisations in my field.

What do you do at work?

My office days are spent marketing myself as a freelancer, and also publicising the Crew Class training course.

Work days are always busy but enjoyable. I could be working on anything from a conference to a live rock show, anywhere from a hotel ballroom to a field in Oxfordshire.

What’s the best thing about your job?

It's never, ever dull. It's always hugely rewarding. 

I really enjoy programming and operating lighting desks for live bands and musical theatre. It's great fun!

And the worst thing about the job?

Sometimes it gets very stressful. You need to be tough, both physically and mentally.

How do I get into music?

 In a nutshell, opportunities in this business come from being in the right place at the right time. Make sure you’re in the right place all the time by starting out as a stagehand or local crewperson.

Be keen, be competent, and you will get noticed. Here are my top five tips for getting into my specific field:

  1. Be in the right place 
    Be on hand all the time, and your talent will out.
  2. Get some basic training 
    Then you can hit the ground running. If you’re useful and useable on your first day, you will get offered a second, then a third, and suddenly you’re a regular on the crew!
  3. Don’t just send your CV out into space
    Phone the technical manager at your local venue and ask to meet them.
  4. Get as much entry level experience as you possibly can
    Help out at your local amateur dramatic society.
  5. Be positive 
    Stay focused – accept that there will be disappointments and knockbacks along the way.

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