Hi, my name is Rajiv Pattani. I’m 29 years
old and I was born in Britain but with a Gujarati background. My story is I’ve
always been involved in theatre from a young age but my parents background was always academic so they pushed me in that route. But it wasn’t until recently
they realised I am good at what I do, which is a theatre lighting designer. Well starting from primary school I started being involved in school
productions and that led to the Young Vic Theatre putting on mask making workshops and various other helpful tools. I then went
off to my secondary school and was very more academic because of my parents’
route, but I managed to sneak in GCSE drama. Once I left secondary school I
went to Hamleys the toy store and I was working there for three and a half years.
But it just wasn’t the same as wanting to be in a theatre, which I got a great
break at the Young Vic Theatre with their backstage workshop placement working as a lighting technician. After leaving LAMDA (London academy of music & dramatic art) I went off to work
at the Pleasance Theatre in London. I then went freelance and working with various designers and directors. One show in particular was Might Never
Happen at the King’s Head Theatre. Then I started as a casual technician at
the Bush Theatre to now where I’m their senior technician at the Bush Theatre.
What I like the most about what I do involves working with all of the
creatives and the designers, directors, production staff, production teams and
how we achieve the end goal vision. What obstacles I faced when I was younger was parental pressure. In wanting me to become a academic
student rather than my own creative visual, so I had to fight them on many
occasions, get them involved, bring them down, see the shows that I’m working on, that’s where I started to actually change their opinion. Three things you
can do to help you become a lighting designer is to seek out with this
website your local theatre on backstage apprenticeships and courses. Apply for
drama schools in the technical theatre field and if you’ve seen any productions
that you liked the lighting design of it email the lighting designer.