The ever busy Samantha Nurse took some time out to talk to us about all things Backstage.
Samantha has worked with Talawa for many years, her help has been invaluable in getting TYPT to the stage each year.
Q. What attracted you to working Backstage?
I am quite a shy person and I knew a career on-stage wouldn't suit me. I loved the entertainment industry and was curious about how it all worked behind the scenes. I developed an interest in Technical Theatre and it all started from there.
Q. What skills have you learned and developed further as you’ve progressed in your career?
I remember as an Assistant Stage Manager I was often required to do weird and wonderful things like make something or acquire something that wouldn't fit normally into everyday reality. This enabled me to learn many practical skills such as sewing, basic carpentry and technical skills. I have also developed research skills, organisational skills and management skills such as personnel management and financial management.
Q. What advice would you have for someone looking to develop a career working Backstage?
I would say go for it! Try a short course if you're not sure what area you want to go into. Volunteer with your local theatre and get stuck in and get as much as you can out of the experience. When you find something that you enjoy doing, it doesn't feel so much like work and can be very rewarding.
Q. There have been many highlights in your career, which stand out for you and why?
I love to travel and being able to work and travel have been the best experiences for me. I have met some amazing people and have been to some amazing places that I would probably never have thought about going to. It can be really hard work and very tiring but I found it to be the best way to see my home country and the world.
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