Welcome to our ‘behind the scenes’ series! This month we’ve been talking to Epic Studios’ technical assistant Ben Bailey.
Epic Studios Technical Assistant Q&A
Ben has been with us since last Autumn and he is a bit of a star around here already! Besides doing a great job for us behind the scenes at numerous high-profile Epic Studios events, the 18-year-old has just been snapped up by the BBC to join them at their Radio 1 Academy – due to take place in Norwich in a few days.
The Radio 1 Academy will run from Saturday 9th to Friday 15th May (11:30am until 7pm) and Ben is giving advice to local teens during the event’s ‘How to get a job in TV’ speed meet session, on Monday 11th (4pm-5pm).
We decided to catch up with Ben for a quick chat in the lead up to the event but you’d like to get some helpful industry advice from him first-hand, get down to the Academy next week and say hello!
You’ve helped to deliver some pretty amazing shows at Epic Studios since you started with us last autumn! Which have you enjoyed being involved with the most and are there any ‘standout’ moments that you could share with our readers?
That’s very hard to say because in all the shows I have done they have been different and helped me develop – which is what I’ve been looking for. Sometimes I’m operating a camera and others I’m doing the sound so it really does vary. That’s how fun it is in the live arts. If I had to name one it would be Lower than Atlantis, because of the scale of the show and the amount of people that turned up. We had 1000 people at Epic Studios and that kept everyone on their toes.
How has your role as technical assistant measured up to the expectations you had when you started at Epic Studios and what would you say has been the steepest learning curve for you so far?
When I started at Epic studios I never thought I would of progressed this much and be trusted with my role and responsibilities. That’s one thing I can advise young people like me to do, is to believe in yourself and try hard and you will get to where you want to be. The steepest learning curve was doing my own live show without people there helping me. I did lighting and sound and it was a real challenge!
Could you tell us a bit about the people you work with on a daily/weekly basis and what they do at Epic Studios?
I work with a great bunch of people at Epic Studios and love working with them. They’re the people that push me harder to achieve and do the job the best I can. David Wallace my Tech manager has been a key figure helping me to progress and without him I don’t think I would be where I am now.
What do you get up to when you’re not at work?
I try to keep busy at home. So I pick up lots of hobbies like Guitar, Gaming and other things. I used to mix my mates band in my free time and create music in my free time. When I get days off its nice to see friends as I usually work unsociable hours.
Where do you hope to be in ten years’ time?
I hope to be touring with bands around the world and hopefully learning still as I do it. I’ve had a taste of this with bands coming to Epic Studios and it seems very exciting.
Is there anywhere that you could direct local teens who are keen to gain music / media career opportunities but will be unable to attend the BBC Radio 1 Academy?
Access Creative College are launching Creative Media courses at their college this year, so they would be a good option for teens who are hoping to pursue a media career. They have a taster day 27th May from 10:30am – 3pm and you can book a place with them direct here – creative media taster day Norwich, or via Epic Studios’ TV & video production coordinator Lou, who is also part of their media team (contact her on email@example.com for more info).Tags: BBC, BBCR1, BBCR1Academy, Technical Assistant, TV jobs