What is it Like to be an Event Crew Member?
As event crew specialists, Gallowglass are one of the biggest and most cost-efficient in the business. Covering a range of events, from roadshows and exhibitions to live entertainment and international sports tournaments, our crews help create the physical infrastructure for some of the most prestigious events across the UK and Europe.
Our crews are prepared to take on any challenge, and their can-do attitude is upheld no matter what event they are working on. If you like the idea of working around such energy and at such legendary locations, then keep on reading!
Having worked for Gallowglass since October 2015, Luke Meredith’s desire to travel and fear of settling down were what initially brought him to England. Joining Gallowglass while visiting on a working visa is not uncommon for many Australian crew members, as the flexibility of the work allows them the freedom to take time off when it suits. This gave Luke the chance to explore Europe, taking off as much time as he wanted without question, before jumping back into a job.
For many people visiting the UK on a working visa, getting the chance to experience life overseas and making the most of their time here is important. Luke, who works as a General Crew member, says that although he gets to work all over London, allowing him to spot popular locations he might want to visit later, he also gets to “see the inside of a lot of iconic and historic venues for free, getting to be a part of all the behind-the-scenes action”.
A London Crew Chief, Zakk Callaghan, agrees that there’s never a dull moment with Gallowglass, and the opportunity to work in areas that members of the public never get to see is a fantastic experience. “As a Gallowglass crew member your role in a production, no matter how big or small, is always so valued”. He believes that knowing your hard work and effort have put a cheerful expression on the faces of clients and production crews once everything has come together, is hugely rewarding and is one of the main reasons why he loves working as a member of an events crew.
Although Zakk had always wanted to work within the events industry, prior knowledge and understanding are not crucial. When Yaw Owusu-Nyarko joined Gallowglass over three years ago, his background had been in Computer Systems Engineering. In need of a job that he could fit around his studying, he works as a part-time General Crew member, taking on shifts whenever time allows.
Since working as an event crew member, Yaw has gone on to work at some once-in-a-lifetime events, including the 2014 Tour de France, which was one of his first jobs. “We had to set up the pedestrian barriers, and I was able to watch the race from the best point of view, in my opinion. It was right in the middle of the road with the cyclists and vehicles riding past. It was great being a part of such a historic event, and being able to see how I helped”.
As well as lasting memories like these, there are some other pretty worthwhile benefits that Stefan Muir, a newly promoted London Crew Chief, believes are sound reasons to become a Gallowglass crew member. “The great things about working for Gallowglass are the pay, the possibilities for career progression and the diverse experiences that are not available in other more predictable jobs”.
If the above accounts have sparked your interest in becoming an event crew member, why not check-out our range of event crew jobs in Leeds, London or any of our other locations and get in touch?
Take a look at this video interview with some of our crew members to hear more about their experiences:https://youtu.be/YMYPidzBDcg