Destiny Trow

Munitions Explosives Technician

Destiny’s job title is Junior Technician at Element Special Effects

What I do

My job involves a lot of pyrotechnics and special effects, including fake blood packs that explode when actors are ‘shot’ on camera. Some things we do could be quite dangerous if you didn’t know what you were doing, but we are trained in what we do.

How I became a technician

A typical day in my
working life

A surprising fact about my job

Travel is a big part of my job – which I love, as it’s taken me all over the world. Before COVID, the team here went to Jordan for two months, and I have been to Scotland for a month-and-a-half. If you work on big feature films, you will get flown out to America and all sorts of places on location.

A little more about
my everyday role

What I love about working in a team

Our team is headed by the boss of the company who talks to production and tells everybody where they need to be. We have someone in the office who is coordinating everyone, a supervisor on set with us and, depending how big the job is, there will be a technician on set with the supervisor, and a trainee as well. On the bigger days, we bring specific people in, for example, if we know we need a hydraulic rig to be built, we will have a specialist come in and help with that on the day. So, day-to-day, I work with different numbers of people. There are more guys than girls in the wider industry, but my company is bringing in more women. Our lead mould maker is Holly, and she is amazing!

The most exciting thing I’ve achieved so far in my job

The most fun thing I get to do is the bullet hits. I don’t get to fire the button, but I get to make all the blood packs, so I go into the actor’s trailer and apply them. I once did a bullet hit on the actress Olivia Colman! At the end of the day, it’s an explosive that you are putting on somebody, so there are lots of safety precautions – there is a layer of rubber and a metal safety plate to make sure the explosion doesn’t go back into the person. I make sure it is all glued and taped. Safety is key.

The next steps in my career journey

This is my dream job, and I can’t imagine doing anything else. I would like to be slightly higher up in the company and help run it. I love it!

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