Lighting Engineer

Hi, my name is Will and I design the lighting for events, concerts, plays, films, pop videos etc. From a young age, I was interested in the way things work and was constantly taking things apart and putting them back together. I got interested in Lighting Design at school when I started to create lighting for school theatre productions.

In my job, I spend about a quarter of my time working with my team and making sure everything is going to plan and the rest of my time is spent designing and implementing projects. During my career I have worked on Lighting Design for the London Eye, pop concerts such as Kylie Minogue and the opening ceremonies of both the Sydney and Athens Olympics! I’ve also been able to travel quite a bit across Europe and to America, both for projects and trade shows.

Did you know?

Lighting Designers tend to start on a basic wage of between £22,000 and £26,000 but can rise dramatically as senior freelancers can earn up to £1227 a week.

You never know where the next project will take you and have the opportunity to work all around the world.

You get to work with directors, stage managers, artists and bands.

Lighting designers not only need to learn about how lights work, but how different spaces, materials and fabrics respond to light.

Electrical Engineering and Physics degrees are useful for the technical side of the role. For both of these degrees, A-levels in Science and Maths are essential.

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