Charlii Banks

Credits

YearRole / TypeName of Production / DirectorCompany / Venue
2014Props assistant
Theatre
The Nutcracker SuiteBirmingham Royal Ballet
Birmingham Hippodrome
2013 - 2014Head of Props - and Promotional collateral designer
Theatre
A Tale of Two Cities: A MusicalKnowle Musical Society
Solihull Arts Complex
2012 - 2013Head of Props - and Programme designer
Theatre
The Sound of MusicKnowle Musical society
Solihull Arts Complex
2013Designer/maker
Other
2x seasons window displaysPhase 2 Hair Co.
2009 - 2010Office assistant and graphic designer
Event
Variety of themed private eventsZap Events Ltd
  • Education

    YearQualificationWhere
    2009Theatte, Performance and Event DesignBIAD

    Additional Skills

    2:1 BA Hons - Theatre, Performance and Event Design, BIAD - 2009

    Recently qualified

    A.C.A - Adobe CC; Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator

    2D AutoCAD - Autodesk certified.

    Also know:

    Microsoft Office

    Good understanding of Sketch-up

    3Dmax- practising the basics after a course.

    Sketching/drawing

    Model-making

    *Have sewing machine, made 1 party costume, and 1 theatre prop. Not really knowledgeable in costume-making and sewing techniques but have the potential to learn.

    Innovative and resourceful in my approach to making things.

    Happy experimenting and learning new methods/skills.

    Particularly good when designing with themes.

    Objective and lateral thinker.

    Inquiring mind

    Developing concepts.

    Like a dog with a bone when it comes to research. A lover of authenticity and the little details that make something special.

    Additional Information

    Times were hard when I graduated, so I worked in retail for 2 highly regarded high street stores. Gained a heap of experience working with people and loved delivering creative solutions for customers' everyday problems. Trusted with responsibilities in stock management and basic till/safe accountancy amongst others.

    I am looking for placements/experience in props, scenic art, and design on an assistant or entry level basis. I am KEEN TO LEARN more 'industrial' methods, including fibre-glass, foam sculpting, moulding, CNC cutting etc, as well as a more polished approach to model-making.

    I want to become a better designer and thinker by understanding prop/set construction methods and technical elements including budgeting as well as a general industry standards and understanding.

    I would love to put AutoCAD to use, it is an addictive tool and I will be teaching myself 3D methods soon.

    EXPERIENCE

    I have endeavoured to take on creative projects alongside my job to stay sane as well as to build different skills;

    *Been responsible for props - making and sourcing, maintaining etc for 2 successful and demanding productions of a well respected local Am-Dram Theatre Company.

    *Created 2 window displays for local high-street business.

    *Casual crew for B'ham Hippodrome.

    *Made 25 table centres for an awards dinner at the Hippodrome.

    *Created various print collateral; logos, flyers/posters, B-Cards, banners etc for local businesses.

    *Organised (amongst others) 2 small private events: venue, catering, music as well as activities and decorations, mostly created by myself.

    *Created the theming and concept for a local society event.

    *Volunteered at 2 B'ham council arty events across city, incl stewarding, and assisting a workshop for kids.

    *Whilst at Uni, we worked on sculptures for Download Festival '08. Creating large 3D "tattoos" out of card, camping-mat foam and fibre-glass etc. And installed them.

    *Volunteered with local branch of Round Table with their charity duties, including the annual summer park event; Christmas float charity collection; early Christmas party for the elderly locals, whom suffer from loneliness.

    OTHER INTERESTS

    * Watching performances - live or immersive.

    Going to events and exhibitions etc.

    *New places, new faces, and being with my friends.

    *Travelling/exploring and trying new flavours.

    * History and genealogy - the latter is an area that has honed my research skills and determination to a fine pointy weapon to be feared, they don't like it up 'em! A huge area of fascination.

    * Languages and cultures - I can survive in Spanish, dabbled in Mandarin, forgotten a fair bit of French, had a go at Gaelic and generally love trying to learn what I can of anything.

    *Music - very eclectic taste, I just never know who sings what.

    *Books - hands down favourites Hitchhikers Guide and Etymologicon.

    *Films/TV - don't like watching horror. Big fan of the classics though.

    *Animals - anything up to 4 legs.

    *Love a good quiz!

    *Baking/conf - Made awesome edible computer for my brother's birthday, then had to make a second on request of friend; complete with keyboard, mouse, wires and desk-tidy with contents << all edible.

    *Collecting art - particularly retro/vintage paraphernalia and advertisements.

    *Star-gazing

    *Current affairs and new technologies.

    *Hate things going to waste/landfill, so love the idea of up-cycling, one day I will give it a go.

    *Nutella! ... amongst plenty of other things I could write.

    About me

    Creative & detail-centric. Aspiring designer/maker wishing to gain experience & skills in set/props.

  • Skills

    Languages Spoken
    • English
    Years in industry
    • less than a year
    Company Experience
    • Regional Theatre
    Work Permits
    • EU
    Interested in
    • Cruises
    • Live Events
    • UK Tour
    DBS checked
    • No
    Driving Licences
    • Standard