Wednesday, 8th March
I recently took on a exciting role with Look Out Kid Management as Touring and Logistics Manager, acting as Tour Director for their Australian and international artist roster. I also work as a freelance production manager, tour manager and stage manager for festivals and artists. I began my career about 17 years ago after studying a diploma of music industry technical production in Adelaide. I started out mixing bands, wrangling backline and artists around Australia on Arts Festivals and touring music festivals.
I think people are more open to seeing females in this role. In the past it was a rare sight which could be intimidating.
The bands I work with inspire me constantly. Their ambition and motivation and their attitude to touring crew and logistics inspires me. Working for an artist that cares about a diverse and talented crew shows a lot of character and maturity and inspires growth. It makes me proud to work in an industry in a role that can create inclusive workplaces and conditions for everyone.
I do now. lol. 10 years ago it felt like everyone was trying to prove something as a female. That has definitely changed.
Personally, Im always keen to see more women in our workforce and am regularly approached by managements or artists for recommendations for female crew.
It’s hard to pick a favourite! Anywhere where you can be on the road for longer than a few weekend warriors is good 👍
Carnets carnets carnets – a new love hate relationship. Its definitely added to the workload and the time spent waiting for processing on the road between UK & EU.
I love to hang out with my dog, surf and get out into nature whether it be in Australia or overseas.
Understanding inflation, new costs, rules & budgeting for this. Finding skilled crew and getting new people involved in the industry. The last year has been tough in securing resources and crew as the market was over saturated with events starting back up again. Adopting the ‘new normal’ is the biggest challenge our industry faces.
They are actually one of the most important elements in my mind. There is no show if you can’t get gear from A to B. For both festivals and tours its one of the first things I’m looking to lock in – it also plays a big part in show routing and those initial event planning processes. Chris and Andrew and the team at LEL always help me with my questions or concerns and its great to see an independent company on the road that supports both small emerging and larger established touring artists and shows.
We are all equal, don’t waste time worrying about that. All you can do is your best. Being respectful & having a good attitude goes a long way. Say yes to everything (at least once) and always try to maintain a work life balance … as hard as that can be. Never be afraid to ask questions … send that email, pick up the phone or ask for help – I gather so much strength, support and knowledge from my peers.