Getting Back in the industry

  • James Thomas

    Lighting Designer

    Hi Everyone,

    To cut a long story short, I have taken a break from the industry over the last three years because I became a dad. Now that our little girl is older I want to get back into the industry. Over the last three years I have only worked with one local Opera company as a Lighting Designer which toured the UK. So I have not been totally out of the industry as such.

    Any help or advice would be appreciated. P.S I have created a new Stage Mandy Profile to get the ball rolling.

    TIA X

    • 24th Dec 2019
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  • Molly Stoker

    Lighting Technician

    Hi Thomas,

    What sort of role are you looking for? Do you see yourself as a technician or a designer? In terms of technical work, it's worth signing up at your local theatre as a casual and getting back into the habit of working. Also apply for everything and highlight your experience in the covering letter. Design work can be harder to get into. I mostly do relights. It really depends what you've done and the evidence you have. Do you have a portfolio of work you can provide?

    Even with nearly 20 years continuous experience it can be hard to find work that I want to do. I've been doing a lot of quite boring commercial work recently and I'd really like to do some more interesting stuff, but what you've done recently seems to impact on what you're considered for, even if you have relevant experience in the past.

    In short, it's a tough business.

    Sorry I can't be more helpful. If you have contacts in the business they might help you out.

    Molly

    • 9th Oct 2019
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  • Molly Stoker

    Lighting Technician

    Just to add, if you want to meet for a chat, I'll be in Cardiff from 22nd to 27th October.

    Molly

    • 9th Oct 2019
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  • James Thomas

    Lighting Designer

    Hi Molly,

    Apologies for the late reply. Would you mind sending me an email? I think it would be easier to communicate.

    [email protected]

    Thanks

    James x

    • 11th Oct 2019
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  • James Thomas

    Lighting Designer

    Hi Molly,

    I am actually working in the Wales Millennium Centre from Sunday 20th to Saturday 26th October. Where are you working in Cardiff?

    Thanks

    James

    • 17th Oct 2019
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  • Molly Stoker

    Lighting Technician

    Hi James,

    I'm at the New Theatre with In The Night Garden, so working daytimes and free in the evenings.

    Molly

    • 21st Oct 2019
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  • James Thomas

    Lighting Designer

    Hi Molly,

    I'm working all day today until 22:00 and not in tomorrow until 5. Would be good to meet up though.

    James x

    • 21st Oct 2019
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  • John Higgins

    Producer

    Looking to do more Film-making and networking again

    • 24th Dec 2019
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