How do you get a job doing lighting an visuals for nightclubs and such, what qualifications do they look for?
For me It happened by accident. I played in a band and started doing lighting and visuals for us. I hung around the clubs / venues a lot and since no one was on the lighting gear I jumped on and had a go. The club managers asked if i was interested in doing more and spent all my spare time learning and improving on what I did the last show etc.
As for qualifications.
Id say all you really need is to be keen to get in and do it. Talk to local clubs, even getting to know a bar manager can be a way to meeting the people you need to talk too.
Just being there, and a willingness to learn as much as possible. Check out what gear they have running, and look it up online to see what its all about. Even get in early and ask the lighting/vision/vj if they need any help.
You can learn a lot just talking to them.
It can be a lot of work also. Sometimes very long nights and not just about operating the systems. Helps to know DMX lighting patches and cabling so you can fix issues during shows. And as much as you can learn about Video connectors, screen resolutions and aspect ratios.
Don’t let that put you off, however. Its a fun job and there’s not really that many people doing it. And as for all the techy stuff, if you’ve got the basics you can learn more quickly .. Plus I still carry apps on my phone for DMX dip switches and all the video info like projector throw distances etc. So you dont have to fill your head with every single detail.
You also dont need to own massive amounts of gear. I started with what I had, lugging my huge Antec PC case, 30” monitor and 2 milk creates of cables into clubs. Was painful… but it worked..
Hope that helps. That’s how I did it anyhow,. :)