11 Nov 2016
Andrew (far left) at the Transitions 20/40 ‘Activities Day’ last year.
Transitions 20/40 Production student Andrew is 17 and began his second year with the initiative in September, receiving a fully funded place at the Junior Conservatoire. This year, Andrew will also be making his first applications for college and degree courses. He took some time out from his busy schedule to answer our questions…
T20/40 Route? Production
Route specialism? Lighting Designer/Technician
What made you apply for Transitions 20/40? Being part of a Focus West school gave me the chance to work with staff from RCS and Chloe from Widening Access to the Creative Industries (then Entry to the Creative Industries) introduced us to T20/40 and the different things that could offer. So, I thought I would look into it and after finding out more, I applied and was accepted to study at the Junior Conservatoire of Production. I thought it would be a pathway that I could take to see if I would like to work within the Production sector.
The best thing about Transitions 20/40 is…? It’s great that T20/40 have so many events that help you with different things and improve your experience. It’s also really good as it opens many doorways that not everyone can get to.
The best thing about Production is…? Being able to be part of the team that creates the show and makes the magic on stage really happen. You are able to do much that can make the stage look really effective with just simple equipment.
What have you been learning about recently? As part of Juniors Production Level 2 I have been working closely with the Contemporary Actors and the Contemporary Dancers. With those classes we have been looking at how we can enhance their performances with our knowledge of production.
Greatest achievement so far? It definitely has to be the growth in my confidence. I am now able to see myself achieving what I really want to. I can also see myself getting involved in a lot more experiences than I did before.
In 10 years time I will be hopefully be…? I see myself hopefully having a job as a lighting technician or designer and will have worked on a number of shows.
My role model is…? My English teacher, as when I started Higher English I didn’t have any belief in myself and always doubted what I did. She has helped me become the person I am and gave me the confidence to believe in what I am doing.
Andrew during a Junior Conservatoire lesson and with Head of Production Ros Maddison (below)
If I had to eat only one thing for the rest of my life I would eat…? Pot Noodles.
If you could be an animal…? I would be a bird, as I’d be able to fly over everyone and make sure that they’re all good.
…book? The Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger.
…musician/band? I listen to many different types as I have a wide music taste.
…album or song? Really into The Enemy right now.
…film or TV programme? Has to be Mrs Brown’s Boys – love a good comedy show!
Currently I am listening to… Get Up and Dance by The Enemy.
What advice would you give to someone thinking about a career in Production? If you were thinking about a career within this area you would need to be hard working and determined. At times it can be a tough-going job, with the likes of rigging and also having to change things depending on the director’s ideas. However, at the same time it’s a very enjoyable sector as you can explore many different effects and be very creative within it.