SPOTLIGHT ON… Jennifer A. Goldstein
- BA – Washington University
- MFA in Lighting Design – University of California, Irvine
President of Radiance Lightworks, Inc. (Architectural Lighting, Themed Entertainment, Live Events, and Trade Shows)
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST LIVE EVENT JOB AND HOW DID YOU GET IT?
Stage technician – as part of work study in college.
HOW HAS YOUR THEATRICAL EXPERIENCE PREPARED YOU FOR WORK IN THE WIDER LIVE EVENT INDUSTRY?
Working in theatre, I learned about the importance of meeting deadlines, communicating clearly with a team, and putting on a great show no matter the chaos behind the scenes.
HOW HAVE YOUR EXPERIENCES WORKING IN LIVE EVENTS CHANGED HOW YOU APPROACH YOUR THEATRICAL WORK?
I don’t currently work in theatre, but when I did split my time between theatre and live events, I found that the live event and corporate work made me a more efficient designer and better communicator.
WHAT HAS SURPRISED YOU MOST (GOOD OR BAD) ABOUT WORKING IN THE LIVE EVENT INDUSTRY?
The hours are still long! But it’s very rewarding and easy to make connections and get more work once you get started. The industry is results driven, so if you do good work and make a good product, people want to buy that again.
ANY WORDS OF ADVICE FOR THEATRICAL TECHNICIANS, DESIGNERS OR STAGE MANAGERS WHO ARE LOOKING TO GET INTO EVENT WORK?
I’d suggest sending out resumes that highlight your skills in communication and hitting deadlines. Emphasize your skills more than your specific experience. A live event manager won’t read between the lines, so instead of just saying you were the master electrician for ‘Chorus Line’, you can say you are very efficient at leading teams with tight deadlines, scheduling equipment deliveries and sticking to a budget.