Lauren Jones

Lauren Jones

Lighting Technician

Lauren's job title is Lighting Technician in the film and TV industry

What I do

I am part of the lighting crew who makes sure film and TV sets are lit correctly and safely, making relevant adjustments as filming progresses. I was what they call a ‘best boy’, which is a supervisor of the lighting department, on a show called The Pentaverate on Netflix. I worked on Beyonce’s Black is King music video and have worked on This Country too.

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What I love most about my job

I love that it is very stimulating and I get to visit a lot of different locations and places inaccessible to the public. I got to go to the hangars in Heathrow Airport when filming a British Airways commercial. There is a place in Pall Mall which is a club where women can only enter through the back door but because I was working there, I came straight through the front door with all the kit which was very empowering! You meet so many people and get to try so many different things.

The best bits about working in a team

When you work in a team in an industry like this there is always someone to learn from because you need so many skills. When you get a team you like, it is fun, like working with your mates.

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

I have had moments of meeting famous actors or seeing my name up in the cinema, but the sense of achievement comes from the human connection element. I have been part of bringing some really important stories to life that, I think, need to be told. I have also been fortunate enough to mentor some young women joining the department through the Broadcasting, Entertainment, Cinematograph & Theatre Union (BECTU) mentorship programme. To be able to pass on support to someone who was in a position where I once was, is a wonderful achievement.

The next steps in my career journey

I really enjoy supervising so would like to do more of that. On top of your daily sparking, you have the added responsibility of all the logistics. I would like to give gaffering a go too.

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