Technician Case Study : angela wagstaffe
A case study provided by angela wagstaffe, a Technician listed on Stage Jobs Pro.
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|Question 1: What is the most rewarding aspect of working as a Technician?|
|Seeing people enjoy the work you have helped create.|
|Question 2: What are the key skills required to be an effective Technician?|
|This does depend on the area you work in, skills relevent for your area of expertice. Also a level of inginuity and a lot of paitence.|
|Question 3: Do you see your role as a natural step on a career ladder, and if so what is the next rung?|
|It is a step on a career ladder - on one path, or it could be the career some people want to end up in.
Personally it is a rung to moving into a more specialised field.|
|Question 4: How did you work your way into your current role?|
|I did an HND technical theatre course, then did a few freelance style jobs until i found out about / got this job.|
|Question 5: How much do you think networking helps towards landing a job in the industry?|
|A lot! I heard about my current job through a friend, the more you work with people the more likely they will pass work your way in the future.|
|Question 6: Do you think you will be working in the industry in the next five years, and if so in what capacity?|
|Yes, most likely general technician in education / theatre areas.|
|Question 7: Please describe what a typical day working as a Technician might contain?|
|Open up the theatre. Read emails if time.
If a get-in day start rigging or setting up etc, followed by tech, dress and run.
If not a show day then start on building and equipment maintenance jobs, or making props / specials for productions.|
|Question 8: Have you done any additional training courses to further your career?|
|ABTT Silver Stage Technician course.
Just FX Pyrotechnics awareness course.|
|Question 9: How important is working for free at the beginning of your career?|
|Getting experience through voluntry work is very useful, getting to know people in the industry and getting to know hoe the business actually works.|