BENJAMIN PRIEST-UK ENGLAND
I am an experienced Audio Visual technician. I have had varied and extensive work experience within the Music and Conference/Events industries/Live Events, having been a Venue Manager/Sound Technician for a well know Brighton Venue, Diary Manager for a recording studio, Sound and Light Technical Supervisor, for an established night club, and a recording/Editing/Duplication Team-Leader for many conferences throughout the UK.
Once an instruction or task is given, I work energetically and pro-actively to produce excellent results. I am not content to just “do the job”, I like to exceed expectations and use my initiative to fulfil my full potential.
Good people/communication skills
As a team-leader, it is important that every task is understood by the subordinate, and that everyone is motivated and enthusiastic about the task. My team were responsible for sound recording and duplication of seminars and lectures at various conferences, this meant having to train the team on the equipment, and create a solid rota for each day (so everyone knew their individual responsibilities).
I decided the best approach to communicating to between 15-30 people, is to gain their trust, assert myself and the demands well, and make people feel comfortable to ask questions. People felt at ease asking for help, and always commented on how nice it was to work within my team.
Excellent organisational skills
My role as a Venue Manager was not on a rota, I worked the hours required for the business, and had to organise my own time to get the room booked and running effectively. This meant diary managing my time, and prioritising the tasks to be able to deal with enquiries, sound technician, troubleshoot the room and equipment and market the room.
These skills were also invaluable when it came to being a Sound and Light Technician for the Honey Club, it was rare that a night would go completely without a hitch, due to the sensitivity of the equipment and demands of the DJ's, often equipment would fail and it was a highly pressurised task with limited time to fix it; I used my calm and methodical nature to fix problems, and never failed at doing so.
2006 – 2007 Distinction (National Diploma of Music) Brighton Institute of Modern Music
2007 – 2008 Double Merit (Professional Diploma or Music) Brighton Institute of Modern Music
2001 – 2006 5 GCSES: Maths, Science, French, P.E, Business Studies 'B' In Music GCSE, 'C' in English Language.
2008 – Present
(Freelance) Head of Recording Team Conferences and events through the year:
Organising and delegating the team Newfrontiers Conference, Brighton centre Bible on The Beach, Eastbourne
2010 – 2011 Venue Manager Upstairs at the Hobgoblin, Brighton
(Contracted) Selling a 100 capacity room for functions and live music.
2009 – Present AV Technician/Rigger The Honey Club, Brighton
(Freelance) (supervisor for 1 year) Rigging and operating Sound and Basic Lighting Gear, Trouble shooting.
2011 – Present Sound Technician/Rigger The Latest Music Bar, Brighton
(Freelance) Rigging and operating Sound for bands/acts/private functions.
2011-Present AV Technician/Rigger AVT Connect, Brighton
(Freelance) Rigging and operating Sound for conference/events/bands/de- prepping gear.
2010- Present Sound Technician/Rigger The Hobgoblin, Brighton
(Freelance) Rigging and operating sound and a static light rig, setting up for and sound checking bands/comedians, de-prepping gear for other events in the venue.
2006 General Assistant Machine Head Studio Maintaining equipment, book bands for recording, face-to-face customer service
· Computer Literate on Windows Interface (including Word and Powerpoint)
· Familiar with Pulsar Masterpiece Light Desk
· Familiar with operating Audio Digital Desk (Allen and Heath iLive T80)
· Ladder training
· Accomplished drummer
· Serve for my local Church (CCK in Brighton) as a drummer and AV Technician
John Purchese (Contractor of The Hobgoblin) 01273 682 933
Simon Minor (Head Technician at The Honey Club) 01273 202 807
Tey Mossadeghi ( Head of Live Events at AVT Connect) 01273 299 001