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Our Artist Spot light blogs are a weekly feature where we focus on one of our performers, giving you the chance to find out more about the people behind the performances, and offering an insight into the world of professional entertainment.

I started out in the entertainment industry because I’ve been involved in the arts my all life, so it seemed a natural progression

My qualification is a drama school, but most of my learning has come from being in the business for 20 years.

My favourite thing about performing in the events industry is the combination of arts and business.Events provide this combination.

“The key elements for working in the events industry is being able to think like a businessman and perform like an actor”.
here are too many good events I worked on for Contraband to mention. I enjoy getting the jobs where people aren’t sure what they are looking for, where they know they want something special but aren’t sure what it is.
“Contraband are superb at facilitating the relationship between artist and client, so I enjoy these”.
 
One of my worst experiences was when I was performing overseas and the costume never made it into the country – me and my fellow actor went ahead with the performance regardless and had to improvise a comedy routine that explained the lack of costume – that kept us on our feet.
“One of my best experiences was commanding a stage as a presenter in front of 66726 audience members and making them laugh”.

 

 A lot of our inspiration comes from outside the event industry. We spend a lot of time visiting experimental festivals and events which is a source of great inspiration.
The artists we admire tend to be outside the event industry. This encourages a transfer of ideas from one genre to another.
“This keeps our involvement in the event industry fresh and inventive”.
All our work is in the arts. So all our working life we have work erratic hours, weekends etc. For us it genuinely feels normal.
“I don’t know what it’s like to have regular weekends off, or go to the same place 5 days a week”.
When I left drama school, I didn’t realise there was an events industry. What I would really like to change is the preparation that drama school gives actors so that they feel that there is a broader range of opportunities available to them once they graduate
We are planning to develop our range of acts and skills in the near future. Long term I would like to take a back seat in terms of performing and have more of a role in the construction of events.