Back in November, in a busy month of industry events which included LDI in Las Vegas and JTSE in Paris, we were delighted to head up to Birmingham for this year’s Production Futures, an open-day event aimed at new talent making the leap into the live events industry. Production Futures is now firmly established in the events diary, but it’s still evolving, and this year was in a new venue, the state-of-the-art Fly By Nite Studios, near Redditch.
Aimed at students and young freelancers, Production Futures gathers together live event industry giants to share their knowledge and experience in talks, demos and workshops, allowing an insight into the dynamic live production industry and the career opportunities and development it holds. Attendees can get hands-on experience with great new equipment, such as the Midas Pro 2 desk. This event always attracts some industry heavyweights for Keynote presentations, and this year was no exception, with speakers including Tim Routledge, lighting designer for major acts including Stormzy and Florence & the Machine, “Big Mick” Hughes, FOH Sound Engineer with Metallica and Award Winning Video Director Steve Price (Queen+Adam Lambert and Mumford & Sons).
Production Futures also plays host to the TPi Breakthrough Talent Awards, which aim to highlight the very best young live production professionals. Created in 2016, the Awards are open to those aged 30 and under involved in lighting, set or video design, front-of-house and monitor engineering, back-line tech, production co-ordination, stage and production management and rigging. The list of winners can be seen in here.
As live event recruitment specialists, we love Production Futures, where we can get to meet and advise the next generation of live event production talent.
Richard, Cathy and Seychelle all went along and particularly enjoyed meeting and speaking with students and young freelancers from all around the country.
We were again honoured to be invited to host a training session on careers in the industry, and this year the theme was ‘How to get your dream job, how to keep it, and what to do after that’. The session was well attended by an enthusiastic audience from a variety of education institutes including Cheshire College, Southampton Solent University, The Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies, Nottingham Trent University, University of South Wales and Access Creative College Birmingham as well as the representatives from Spirit Studios and The Princes Trust.
The day came to a close in the bar (of course), which was an opportunity to pick up and continue discussions started earlier in the day, before attendees started to wind their way back across the country hopefully informed and inspired in equal measure. We really enjoy this event, especially having the opportunity to talk and share ideas and experiences with the next generation of talent coming into the industry.
Congratulations to all the team at Mondiale Publishing and TPi Magazine for putting this all together and working so hard to develop and improve the format each year to ensure that the next generation of talent looking to come into the Live Events industry have this unique opportunity to get up close and personal with so many organisations, manufacturers and big names from the sound, lighting and production design and management fields.