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Get That Job - Event Industry Tips!

Festival time is upon us and a group of young Darwinites had the opportunity to pick the brains of events staff at last month’s  panel discussion for Get That Job!

Didn’t make it? Don’t worry! Here’s a  run down of the top tips from the industry experts.

Work Hard!
Production manager Brenton Ryan started out by pitching in at friends’ events. People notice anyone who is hard working, enthusiastic and  proactive – so be that person. Attitude is really important, especially when you’re new and don’t have the experience yet.

Take advantage of Darwin’s tight-knit community. 
Independent producer Katy Moir says that Darwin is a great place to get started because it’s such a small city. There is a lot less competition for work than in other capital cities. It also means that there are fewer degrees of separation between you and the person who can green light a project you’ve been dreaming up.

Network, network, network. 
Darwin Festival program coordinator Natasha Woodcock believes that  networks are super important – if you don’t yet have them, volunteering and internships are good places to start building.

Volunteer – with intent. 
All of the presenters recommend volunteering – but also to make sure you’re clear about why you’re volunteering and what you want to get out of it. If you are hoping to turn your interest in festival and events into  employment, you can’t volunteer forever, so make sure you have a game plan for transition from unpaid into paid work.

If you’re serious, get qualified.
The presenters agree that, in general, a qualification isn’t 100% necessary, but some roles are more likely to require it. Qualifications, or short courses, do show potential employers that you’re serious, as you have invested in building your skills. Doing courses is also a great way to network and meet those already working in the industry.


Image by Elise Derwin for Darwin Festival

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