Starting up any advice for getting my foot in the door?
Posted 12 March 2012 - 01:27 PM
I'm not really sure what side of theatre I want to go into yet, but it is looking like lighting or sound at the moment.
I'm not even sure how I would go about setting up a CV or portfolio.
Any advice and help would be appreciated, ta.
Posted 12 March 2012 - 02:16 PM
When you leave, your course will have prepared you for work, but getting it depends on being good, not having the qualification.
If you don't have a CV or know how to build a portfolio, then have a quiet word with your tutors, because that's a bit worrying!
Technical Theatre means very little, because there are so many areas. Maybe working out what you will be able to get involved in will help focus the mind. Ask them what projects and productions are coming up so you can plan.
Posted 12 March 2012 - 04:49 PM
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Posted 13 March 2012 - 03:23 AM
I started working as part of the house crew at the Royal Albert Hall while on my course. This had a couple of benefits.
1)Real world working experience
2)Extra cash which is always nice when your studying
3)because I was at college in the day time then worked over night I got used to long hours. that is something very real in our industry and can not be taught.
Im not sure what is available in your neck of the woods but I would defo recommend getting in with your local theatre either for work ep or part time paid work (you can also try local crew companies that provide work local labour for concerts and the like. It will help to pad out your CV as you wont have much else to put into it.
Remember having a certificate of training is always nice but you are only as good as your last job. Its a big wide world but our industry is REALLY small. So if you are a bit of difficult bugger to work with then that label can stick with you. The opposite is also true.
Im an employer now and when putting together crews im looking for numerous things in this order.
1)Do I like the rigger and their personality/demeanour to work I.e. always moaning,happy,willing to get stuck in,willing to work late if needed etc
2)Do hey have the correct skills for the job
3)how do they work within the team im setting up
Good luck with your course. be a sponge and soak up every piece of info you can. Not just in your chosen field but in others too. it will make you better in your field if you have an understanding and appreciation of other discipline's. Ive been a lighting tech and stage manager before settling down into rigging. I was project manager and now Assistant head of Dept and I can say 110% that knowing a little about carpentry, lighting, sound, SM, wardrobe has made me much better at what I do. When im planning a job I can foresee problems that might be flagged by other depts and head them off before they arise.
Posted 13 March 2012 - 08:13 AM
Posted 13 March 2012 - 10:14 AM
I'd suggest the following:
- Working at any Venues your SU may happen to have, and being nice to the senior crew, and working all the nasty shifts.
- Working on shows at local theatres and dealing with disorganised sound designers well.
- Being nice to Jonny.
- Looking for work experience with any of the local hire companies, theres actually a fair few more than appear at first sight...
Welcome to the Blue Room I'll probably see you at some point this week