Seb was a drummer in bands across his local area when he first took an active interest in stage lighting. “It was cool how the right lighting could really make a show so much better.” So, when he heard about an opening at the lighting company, White Light, he applied right away.
After joining as an Assistant Technician for late-night shows, he started specialising in control systems. He now works as a Control Supervisor, managing a team of three. His team are responsible for using equipment that brings together all elements of a live performance – from lighting and video, to audio. They also check, maintaining and fix the control system and lighting equipment used lent out to a range of events.
It’s highly exacting work, requiring him to apply his attention to detail, technological curiosity along with problem-solving skills to the maintenance and upkeep of complicated equipment with many individual parts.
Fortunately, Seb has always had a flair for technical subjects. “I think I’m a natural for this role. I’ve always been able to mend equipment that isn’t working or think of better ways to do things.”
Seb’s favourite part of the role is attending events in person, from West End shows to London Fashion Week catwalks, to provide technical support. “There’s a lot of responsibility and new challenges every day. You really have to think on your feet, but it’s all interesting.”
Seb's career pathway
- 2008 Left school and began working as a drummer in local bands, occasionally helping set up the lighting rigs for the shows
- 2010 Joined White Light as a Late Shift Assistant
- 2013 Became a Control Technician
- 2015 Promoted to Control Supervisor