Lighting Technician

Needed competencies and skills

  • Good knowledge of lighting equipment
  • Technical skills
  • Must be able to work comfortably at heights
  • Ability to work quickly and accurately
  • Good eye and attention to detail
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Good team-working skills
  • Ability to take direction
  • Flexibility
  • Ability to work long and unpredictable hours
  • Stamina and agility
  • Readiness for travelling long distances
  • Clean driving licence is usually required
  • LGV licence is often also specified
  • Good health and safety awareness

Career Progression and Training Opportunities

Best Boys* are fully qualified and experienced electricians, with the relevant National Craft Certificate with further qualifications in Electrical Installation and Electro-technical Technology.  They may have gained experience in television or theatre, following their initial training, before working on films or commercials.  Many Best Boys work as freelancers and are self-employed, although in practise they often work with the same few Gaffers.

*This is a generic term and refers to both men and women practitioners.

More information (links to materials)

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