Live Events Production BA (Hons) graduate James Hayward stage managing at Parklife Festival 2016

My name is James Haywood. I’m at Parklife Festival in Manchester… and I’m stage managing their MTA and MK stage. Because of the links I got from Backstage, it’s given me a good grounding to get on some touring gigs… The stuff that I was doing out of Backstage… they send you on crewing jobs volunteering… the feedback that I got from it was really good. the things that it led to surprised me because I didn’t think… that spending a day in a warehouse, chucking some deck round would get me… going off doing massive shows. Like picking up sandwiches from Subway for people from production… to try and get my foot in the door, and then ending up three years later going on a world tour with some really big artists… I’m proud of how far I’ve come in such a short amount of time. Your thrown into scenarios where a show could go wrong and you’ve got to deal with it… Because of Backstage Academy, you’re given the skills to be able to deal with it properly.

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