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Production Manager Case Study : Mark Shayle

Mark Shayle

A case study provided by Mark Shayle, a Production Manager listed on Mandy Theatre Professionals UK.

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Question 1: What is the most rewarding aspect of working as a Production Manager?
I like being involved in a production from a senior management perspective. I also enjoy a freelance lifestyle.
Question 2: What are the key skills required to be an effective Production Manager?
Primarily being a people person is vital. Being organised, efficient and diplomatic is a must. It really helps if you have a good technical understanding too.
Question 3: Do you see your role as a natural step on a career ladder, and if so what is the next rung?
not really, Im happy swapping jobs, going up and down the heirarchy if Im working on a project that interests me
Question 4: How did you work your way into your current role?
I trained as an SM, and foolishly someone promoted me to PM!
Question 5: How much do you think networking helps towards landing a job in the industry?
very important. People like working with people they like.
Question 6: Do you think you will be working in the industry in the next five years, and if so in what capacity?
Yep, probably doing the same thing!
Question 7: Please describe what a typical day working as a Production Manager might contain?
No two days are the same really
Question 8: Have you done any additional training courses to further your career?
yes. I try to undertake some form of training each year if I can.
Question 9: How important is working for free at the beginning of your career?
I found it very important and useful