Stewart Launches a Sound Career With an ArtsReady Traineeship
Tassie local and tech lover, Stewart Holmes, is realising his career dreams as a sound technician thanks to his ArtsReady traineeship. At only 22, Stewart is now Head Technician at the Burnie Arts Function Centre in Tasmania and is director of his own sound production business.
“Having the ArtsReady traineeship behind me got me to where I am today and not just through the content that I studied, it was also the people that I met along the way that played a big part in my success.”
Stewart completed two traineeships in 2014 and 2015 as a Sound Technician trainee at Marist Regional College. He also studied a Certificate 3 and 4 in Sound Production, which he said, inspired him to create his own business.
“Thanks to everything I learnt during my traineeship especially in the study component, I felt confident enough to launch my own business. I now run a company called Dynamic Production and Backline, providing PA and lighting solutions to clients all over Tasmania,” he added.
Stewart loved every moment of his traineeship with the college, and his supervisors praised him in return describing him as a, “go-getter” and a “passionate and dedicated young man who is destined to achieve great things.”
“My host employer was fantastic. Some of the tasks that I did during my traineeship included; recording music exams, setting up speaker systems for assemblies and school gatherings, helping the other music staff in classes and organising equipment.”
“The traineeship allowed me to delve deep into the world of sound production. It taught me an abundance of skills and techniques. It pretty much gave me exactly what I needed in order to succeed as a sound technician.”
Stewart’s hard work and commitment through his traineeship saw him take out the 2015 Tasmania AFL SportsReady Trainee of the Year, making him the first ArtsReady trainee to be awarded the honour. It is no surprise that four years on he is a Head Technician and business owner.
“I took on the traineeship because I had little interest in university but what I had was a strong passion for the music industry and I saw the opportunity as a way to get me into this career.”
“My traineeship was the most fulfilling two years of my life and what I am doing now in my career is a true testament to that.”
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Date: 10th April 2019
Image: Stewart Holmes in action
Author: Marissa Pagliarello