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Breakthrough Awards

WINNER SPOTLIGHT – Emily Haigh

Events Management/Logistics newcomer of the year Emily Haigh talks to us about her career highlights and why networking is so important. Emily, Did you study? If so, where and what?   I did, I went to Leeds Arts University to study Visual Communication. I initially wanted to become a graphic designer, and spent 2 years...

WINNER SPOTLIGHT – Noelle Vanya

Music Production/Studio newcomer of the year Noelle Vanyi talks to us about her career highlights and why networking is so important. Noelle, Did you study? If so, where and what?    Yes I did. I studied a joint degree in Vocals & Songwriting at BIMM London from 2020 until 2023 and I am currently doing...

WINNER SPOTLIGHT – Serena Bliss

Entrepreneur of the Year and TV/Broadcast Production Newcomer of the Year Serena Bliss talks to us about her career highlights and why networking is so important. Serena, what was your very first industry role and how did you get it?My first major project was working for Lux Machina as Virtual Production Stage Coordinator for Silo,...

Harry Boyde, 27

Harry won his Breakthrough Award back in 2019 and has already started his incredibly successful career touring the world with ER Productions.  We caught up with him in the midst of his busiest Summer ever.    How did your passion for the production industry begin? Both my parents worked in the industry before I was...

Kat Ellis, 26

Kat Ellis won her Breakthrough Talent Award back in 2016 and was one of our very first winners.  She has gone on to have a super successful career and is proof that there are many opportunities out there given the right work ethic and resilience.  Just last week, Kat won yet another award the ‘ABTT...

Cedric Duré, 18

Our 2021 Breakthrough Winner Cedric proves that you do not necessarily have to go down a conventional career path and that in fact hard work, resilience and positive attitude can take you anywhere.  We managed to grab him for a few minutes at the TPi Awards last month as he made the trip over from...

Owen McIlreavy, 22

Owen won his Breakthrough Award back in 2019 and has already had an impressive start to his career, which is all down to his attitude and hard work.   How did your passion for the production industry begin? Classically, like a lot of event industry professionals, I first did school concerts and discos where I...

Oli Crump, 27

We caught up with one of our 2019 Breakthrough winners Oli who is in the midst of one of the busiest Spring/Summers ever and about to complete his very first World Tour!    How did your passion for the production industry begin? I ended up behind the scenes by accident really – I had no...

Ryan McClintock, 27

Ryan graduated from Backstage Academy back in 2017, and he has certainly been busy ever since!  We caught up with him before he headed off to his role as Site Office Manager at this years Parklife Festival, Manchester.  How did your passion for the production industry begin? I was Stage & Production Manager for a...

Morgan Evans, 21

Our 2021 winner Morgan Evans shares his career highlights and his successful progression into the lighting world. How did your passion for the production industry begin? Like many of my peers, my initial interest in live events was sparked during my involvement in productions and events at school, working backstage rigging and operating the lighting...
Dylan Barber

Dylan Barber, 21

We caught up with our 2019 Breakthrough winner Dylan Barber to see how he has spent the last two years and to share his advice to young budding Sound Engineers. How did your passion for the production industry begin?                                 ...

Olga Kenig, 32

  Our inspiring 2021 Breakthrough Awards winner Olga Kenig has recently graduated and she makes it crystal clear to never give up on your dreams! We caught up with her to see how she has spent the last two years both studying and working. How did your passion for the production industry begin? I went...

Elliot Baines, 18

Our 2018 Breakthrough Award winner Elliot Baines is well known for being one of the youngest entrepreneurs in the industry and our youngest Standout Talent winner at just 15 years old! It has been a few months since we caught up with him but we managed to grab him for a quick catch up …...

Gabrielle Wilson, 21

We caught up with our 2021 Breakthrough Award winner Gabrielle Wilson, 21 to see what invaluable advice she can share with young people starting out in the live events music industry and how she has spent the last 18 months …  How did your passion for the production industry begin? When I started, I didn’t...

Terry King, 26

We asked our 2018 Breakthrough Award winner Terry King what important career advice he would give to anyone starting out How did your passion for the production industry begin? My passion for the production industry began early on into my professional career as a session musician. I remember being so fascinated at the stage /...

Harvey Fitzpatrick, 24

Our 2018 Breakthrough Awards winner Harvey Fitzpatrick shares with us what he’s been doing over lockdown and what advice he would give to anyone starting out in production?  How did your passion for the production industry begin? I first started getting involved in production bits at secondary school, I would work on the school shows,...