Career outlook for lighting technician
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would set up the lights for TV shows and films or live events like concerts and plays. You’d operate the lights during the shows and events and create amazing special lighting effects.
Your work could range from basic spotlighting for conferences or presentations to operating strobes, lasers and pyrotechnics at massive live concerts. You would normally specialise in film and TV, including working on location, or focus on theatre and live events, as the techniques and equipment are different.
Depending on where you work, you would:
- Interpret a lighting designer's plan
- Carry out risk assessments for health and safety purposes
- Plan where to run cables and place lights at film locations
- Help to rig up the lighting equipment
- Set up generators on location
- Make sure that lighting equipment and generators are working
- Program the consoles and load automated colour change systems before a show
- Take cues from the stage manager in theatre or the floor manager in TV productions
- Operate manual and computer-controlled lighting systems during a show
- Take down the equipment after shows or filming
You may be the only lighting technician on a theatre production, or you could be part of a large crew with a concert tour or feature film.
You would need to have knowledge of electrical systems and electronics. Being physically fit and having a head for heights will also help you to work with heavy equipment high above a stage or studio.
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