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I know, you’re pretty sick of sitting through conferences talking about “disruptors” - Uber and Airbnb and the like. “Will robots take our jobs?” they say, “Just look at the check outs, will our industry be next?”. So, we sit at the back of the room cursing the presenter and playing catch phrase bingo over comms with the audio tech sitting next to us. But how safe do we actually feel that our own jobs are? Dare I say it, should we be concerned about "AV disruption"? I’m no expert in this stuff, so like most of my writing, consider …
Overnight and late night bumps ins are the bane of every tech's existence. And one of the main reasons a good tech decides that they can no longer cope in the world of AV and slips into the comfy hours of a 9 to 5 office job. The ideal bump in would go like this - you start the night off with a coffee, have a leisurely read of the paperwork - the venue is empty of people to get in your way, or distract you, and you calmly move your gear from floor to floor in the speedy empty lifts. …
Most Dogger's and Rigger's can tell you that the course they did to get their certification didn't teach Entertainment Rigging. Most of the skills they had to learn on the job, while the course was weeks of learning terminology and maths that is not at all relevant to the Audio Visual industry. The only things I really got out of the Dogger's and Basic Rigging courses that I completed was the safety around the rigging equipment that we use - necessary information but far from the whole picture!The majority of our formal training in Australia is carried out on a  …
International Women's Day yesterday got me thinking again about the number - or more specifically the lack of numbers - of female techs in the AV industry.In your career, how many female AV techs have you worked with? I can bet that you could almost count them on your fingers, right? I'm not really the super-feminist type, so forgive me if you are, but I've developed the belief that the lack of women is not so much the culture of the industry, but a lack of knowledge of its existence - let's be honest, how many people planned to go …