Alex Pickles

Technical Estimator and System Designer

What’s a typical day in your current role at TSS?

Watch this space!

What’s your favourite part of your job?

Watch this space!

What did you do before joining TSS? (You can go as far back as you like

Before Joining TSS I worked in a high school as a junior Theatre Technician, which I was then promoted to Theatre Technician once I had completed my apprenticeship. I have worked as a warehouse Technician at Technical Stage Services and also been a Premises Manager in a High School.

Why/how did you get into the industry?

I first got into the industry when I realised my passion for all things technical, moving into a high school with a specialist performing arts status meant that they had lots of cool equipment such as moving lights and a lighting console you could play frogger on…. if you know, you know! From then on, I wanted to gain knowledge in the lighting, sound and Video side of productions, since then I have studied a level 3 diploma in production arts, spent 4 years as a theatre Technician and also worked as a Warehouse Technician prepping all of the coolest tech available!

What is your favourite/most interesting/most unusual gigs/jobs you’ve done in the past (either at TSS or in previous jobs)?

One of my favourite jobs I’ve done in the past was rigging and programming the lighting for Last Tango in Halifax, the most interesting gig has got to be Videoing and controlling the sound for Sir David Attenborough where he was opening an exhibition and doing a talk at a well-known museum in York City Centre!

What do you do in your spare time?

In my spare time I like to be outdoors cycling and Hiking, I am lucky enough to live close to places like Ilkley and Skipton where there are several places to go for a long walk

What TV show is your guilty pleasure?

Police Interceptors

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

Just keep going no matter what

Who would you most like to be stranded on a desert island with?

Anybody who is good at creating fires and cooking whatever they can find on the island

What would you do if you won the lottery? 

Buy a top of the range BMW M5 competition then make sure family and close friends are well taken care of