What comes at the end of BIMM Life? Life after BIMM, of course, in which we find out just how brilliantly a former student is doing – starting with Jack Bonney
What did you study?
I studied Live Sound and Tour Management in my first year and carried on to the second year with a professional diploma in Live Sound and Production Management from September 2012 to July 2014.
How would you sum up your BIMM experience and what it taught you?
BIMM gave me the confidence to put myself out there for jobs that I would not have been able to do without the course. It gave me the knowledge needed to say yes to jobs and to be confident in the way I work.
What do you do now and did BIMM play a part in landing that role?
Currently I am a full time freelance Front of House/ Monitor engineer. I work with Public Service Broadcasting, Maverick Sabre and occasionally Soul II Soul, all as a monitor engineer. The Head of Live Sound at BIMM, Zoe Martin, passed my name on for work with PSB and Maverick Sabre and has also given me much more work as a result of previous work. Without her or BIMM I wouldn’t be where I am today.
Can you go into a little detail about what your job entails?
My job means I travel around a lot with bands to different shows, festivals and other countries. It means working with new equipment, lots and lots of different people and often under pressure. I have to be flexible in the way I work as things or timings can often change.
Finally, what advice would you give to students to help them get the most out of their time at BIMM?
Always say yes to any and every opportunity you get. You could meet just the one right person to take you to the next step or to help you start working with a band. Make sure you’re organised and well prepared for any job, big or small, and do your research. There’s nothing worse than turning up to a job and not knowing what’s going on. Try to start working as soon as possible, even if it’s for free. While at BIMM, I set up my own small acoustic shows every week and would take anything I learnt whilst doing these into BIMM to ask tutors and other students.