- Cheltenham, GB
- £7 /hr
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I got my first taste of working within the industry as site crew on various events and festivals. During this time I was able to learn about the processes behind planning eventsmore...I got my first taste of working within the industry as site crew on various events and festivals. During this time I was able to learn about the processes behind planning events and the onsite requirements to ensure that the festivals ran smoothly. My positive experiences here led me to develop my skills by working backstage in both the hospitality and stage management departments. This experience was invaluable as I was able to develop my customer interaction skills, and learn about the technical aspects of theatre and events. Over a few years I gradually worked my way up till I became the main stage manager. This undoubtedly led to my decision to take a degree in stage management and technical theatre. Through college, I kept up my freelance work, as well as doing 6 work placements a year, and lectures! Although this kept me very busy, I was able to explore different avenues and disciplines, and learn a basic understanding of all aspects of theatre and events. I made the decision towards the end of my degree that I wanted to work in the corporate side of events and so took up the position of Events Assistant at AXA. Here I was able to develop my understanding of corporate events and was able to learn a lot from the experienced event managers around me.
Having worked as a stage manager in theatre and events, I feel that both experiences have helped me to develop a rounded knowledge of technical production. My event experience has helped me to learn about the requirements of artists and speakers, and to liaise with them to create the best schedule for their needs. Working in theatre was a very different experience, but through it I developed not only technical skills, but also people skills, organisation and management. Theatre work also enabled me to develop my creative skills both in design aspects such as props and set plans, as well as in paperwork, such as risk assessments and budgets.
College enabled me to explore different areas of the industry, allowing me to decide upon to route I wanted to take. I took lectures in stage management, lighting, sound, electrics, event management and stagecraft, as well as more academic subjects such as theatre history. This allowed me to learn about the technical aspects of all aspects of the industry and put them into practice in our practical lectures and work placements. My college experience also allowed me to develop aspects of my personality such as organisation, time management and people skills. Although theatre was the main focus of the course, we concentrated mainly on events during the third year.
During my placements, I chose to concentrate mainly on stage management and events, as I felt this would be most beneficial for my career. I feel a lot of the processes and skills I learnt during these placements are relevant to working within the events industry, and it gave me experience in aspects such as risk assessments and budgeting.
After college, I made the decision to work in corporate events, as this is the area I enjoy and work best within.
Working at AXA enabled me to learn about the delegate side of organising events, which I have previously not worked in. My role at AXA is very diverse, ranging from administration roles through to working on events and email teasers for prize schemes. This experience has certainly shown my ability to put my hand to anything that is required of me.
I would be grateful if you could consider me for any job opening you have at present. I am eager to work hard to fulfil any job I am given to the best of my ability.
Area Covered: All - UK
Work Experience Summary: Events
AXA Events Team (Sept ’07 • Current) • Events Assistant
End of the Road Festival (Sept ’07) • SM • Larmer Tree Gardens, Dorset
Greenbelt Arts Festival (Aug ’07) • SM • Cheltenham Racecourse
Wychwood Music Festival (June ’07) • SM • Cheltenham Racecourse
Cheltenham Jazz Festival (May ’07) • Artist Liaison • Everyman Theatre
Greenbelt Arts Festival (Aug ’06) SM • Centaur Venue • Cheltenham Racecourse
Wychwood Music Festival (June ’06) SM • Cheltenham Racecourse
Cheltenham Jazz Festival (Apr ’06) Artist Liaison - Cheltenham Town Hall/Everyman Theatre
Greenbelt Arts Festival (Aug ’05) DSM • Centaur Venue • Cheltenham Racecourse
Madsu, RWCMD Summer Ball (June ’05) • Technician • Bute Park, Cardiff
Madsu, Various Events (June/July ’05) • Technician
Cheltenham Jazz Festival (Apr ’05) Assistant Artist Liaison - Cheltenham Town Hall
Kean (June/July ’07) • ASM Cover - Apollo Theatre, London
Road (Mar/Apr 07) DSM • Piccolo Studio, Milan • Director Firenza Guidi
Road (Feb/Mar 07) DSM • Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff • Director Firenza Guidi
The Crucible (Oct/Nov ’06) SM • RWCMD Bute Theatre • Director Caroline Leslie
Alice Through the Looking Glass (June ’06) DSM • Cardiff City Centre • Director Emma Williams
Popcorn (May/June ’06) DSM • Sherman Theatre Cardiff • Director Martin Houghton
A Day in the Death of Joe Egg (Mar/Apr ’06) DSM • RWCMD Caird Studio • Director Mark Rosenblatt
The Threepenny Opera (Oct/Nov ’05) ASM • RWCMD Bute Theatre • Director Dave Bond
Tis a Pity She’s a Whore (May/June ’05) ASM - RWCMD Bute Theatre • Director Martin Houghton
Tis a Pity She’s a Whore (June ’05) ASM • Bristol Old Vic Theatre • Director Martin Houghton
The Laramie Project (Jan/Feb ’05) ASM • Sherman Theatre Cardiff • Director Phil Clark
Cheltenham General Hospital (June • September ’04) • Clerical
Full UK Driving Licence
Full Orchestral Score Reader • Stage Management Association Test
Computer literate on both Apple Mac and PC, use of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Photoshop, Wysiwyg
Piano (Grade 7)
Clarinet (Grade 8)
Dance: Ballet(Advanced 1 ISTD), Modern(Advanced 2 ISTD), Tap(Advanced 2 ISTD), Jazz(Gold Award)
Education Summary: 2004 • 2007 Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama • BA (hons) Stage Management 2:1
2002 • 2004 Bournside Sixth Form Centre, Cheltenham • A level: Theatre Studies, Music, English Literature, General Studies.
Freelance Events Assistant and Stage Manager