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Esther Reynolds

Student Success Stories
2017 Graduate

When did you know you wanted a career in live events?

Originally, I wanted to be a cinematographer, working on films and TV shows. I began volunteering with the live camera team at my local church when I was sixteen, filming services and conferences. It was from here that I was hired to vision mix and direct a two-camera operator team for a BUPA Global Conference. This lead me to realise that I wanted to work in live events. At the time, I wanted to continue with video work, but in live events, rather than in television or in film.


What were the highlights of your course?

The space and equipment you get to use at Backstage Academy is a real highlight of the course. Being able to play around with lights and sound desks is invaluable. You get the chance to make mistakes in a non-pressured environment and it makes all the difference.


What skills will you take from university into real life?

Fending for myself, living on my own, taking care of myself and settling into a completely new town. I’ll also take the skills I learnt from my course into my career.


Tell us about your work experience.

I have worked at Ibiza Rocks and Green Man Festival, both opportunities I probably wouldn’t have been able to get without Backstage Academy. The things you’ll learn and the work experience opportunities you get whilst

studying here will set you up for the rest of your career.


What are you doing now?

During the summer I worked alongside the riggers at TSL at events such as the Hillsong Conference at the O2, Secret Cinema and Newday Festival in Norwich. I’m hoping to get a lot more experience and a working knowledge of the discipline of rigging, in order to be fully freelance.


What do you see yourself doing next?

I want to work on arena shows and at festivals as a live event and entertainment rigger, eventually getting my level 2 National Rigging Certificate. I’d like to travel a lot as well, working as a freelancer for different shows in different venues all around the world.

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