Profession light board operator

Light board operators control the lighting of a performance based on the artistic or creative concept, in interaction with the performers. Their work is influenced by and influences the results of other operators. Therefore, the operators work closely together with the designers, operators and performers. Light board operators prepare and supervise the setup, steer the technical crew, program the equipment and operate the lighting system. They may be responsible for conventional or automated lighting fixtures and, in some instances, controlling video as well. Their work is based on plans, instructions and other documentation.  

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Personality Type

  • Conventional / Realistic

Skills

  • Communicate during show

    Efficient communication during live performance, anticipate any possible malfunctioning.

  • Plot lighting states with automated lights

    Technically manipulate light boards for automated lights. Set up and try out lighting states with automated lights.

  • Use communication equipment

    Set up, test and operate different types of communication equipment such as transmission equipment, digital network equipment, or telecommunications equipment.

  • Understand artistic concepts

    Interpret an artist's explanation or demonstration of their artistic concepts, inceptions and processes and strive to share their vision.

  • Keep up with trends

    Monitor and follow new trends and developments in specific sectors.

  • Manage personal professional development

    Take responsibility for lifelong learning and continuous professional development. Engage in learning to support and update professional competence. Identify priority areas for professional development based on reflection about own practice and through contact with peers and stakeholders.

  • Light a show

    Light a show based on concrete production needs.

  • Perform quality control of design during a run

    Control and ensure the quality of design results during a run.

  • Work with respect for own safety

    Apply the safety rules according to training and instruction and based on a solid understanding of the prevention measures and risks to your own personal health and safety.

  • Operate a lighting console

    Operate a light board during rehearsal or live situations, based on visual cues or documentation.

  • Consult with stakeholders on implementation of a production

    Consult with different people and groups who hold a stake in the production. Be on the same page on the practical side of the production, and keep them up to date.

  • Draw up lighting plan

    Create technical drawings and documentation within the lighting department.

  • Translate artistic concepts to technical designs

    Cooperate with the artistic team in order to facilitate the transition from the creative vision and its artistic concepts to a technical design.

  • Intervene with actions on stage

    Take your cues from actions on the stagte and interact with them. Take decision on the exact timing and procedure in a live environment, in order to product a fluid and consistent performance.

  • Prepare personal work environment

    Correct settings or positions for your working instruments and adjust them before starting operations.

  • Interpret artistic intentions

    Interpret the artistic intentions of the author.

  • Set up equipment in a timely manner

    Make sure to set up equipment according to deadlines and time schedules.

  • Plot lighting states

    Set up and try out lighting states.

  • Use personal protection equipment

    Make use of protection equipment according to training, instruction and manuals. Inspect the equipment and use it consistently.

  • Organise resources for artistic production

    Coordinate human, material and capital resources within artistic productions, based on the given documentation e.g. scripts.

  • Work safely with mobile electrical systems under supervision

    Take the necessary precautions while providing temporary power distribution for performance and art facility purposes under supervision.

  • Adapt artistic plan to location

    Adapt plans to other locations with respect for the artistic concept.

  • Set up light board

    Install, connect and try out light board in a live performance environment.

  • Support a designer in the developing process

    Support designers in the course of the developing process.

  • Draw up artistic production

    File and document a production in all its phases right after the performance period so that it can be reproduced and all relevant information remains accessible.

  • Use technical documentation

    Understand and use technical documentation in the overall technical process.

  • Safeguard artistic quality of performance

    Observe the show, anticipate and react to possible technical problems, ensuring optimal artistic quality.

  • Work ergonomically

    Apply ergonomy principles in the organisation of the workplace while manually handling equipment and materials.

Optional knowledge and skills

perform first fire intervention assess power needs develop professional network maintain system layout for a production install lighting provide documentation promote yourself advise client on technical possibilities pack electronic equipment adapt existing designs to changed circumstances distribute control signals ensure safety of mobile electrical systems document your own practice maintain dimmer equipment focus lighting equipment operate dimmer equipment update design results during rehearsals maintain automated lighting equipment lead a team follow safety procedures when working at heights maintain lighting equipment prevent technical problems with lighting equipment monitor developments in technology used for design keep personal administration cue a performance plan teamwork rig lights coach staff for running the performance focus stage lights de-rig electronic equipment rig automated lights store performance equipment assemble performance equipment manage technical resources stock