Fresh faced 21-year-old Cameron Squires, initially part of the Kentse Mpahlwa Academy in 2016, is now a valuable addition to the colourful Splitbeam team, taking up the role of Junior Lighting Technician in 2018. 

His love for lighting and live events had been highlighted early on as he formed part of the dedicated sound and lighting crew at his high school. Handling all the technical requirements for the school left an indelible mark and encouraged him to consider pursuing this field as a possible career path. In-between volunteering at live event companies for a more hands-on experience of what the industry could offer, he approached Gearhouse and entered the Academy.

He notes that having been able to explore a range of departments on a practical basis during his 1st year at the Academy, boosted his enthusiasm and eagerness and established his passion for the field of lighting. “I am so grateful for the valuable and inspiring mentorship of Josef van Schalkwyk, who runs the learnership programme” he says. “He fueled my ambition to someday become a Senior Lighting Technician.”

Cameron’s positive, eager and dedicated attitude caught the attention of Alistair and the Splitbeam team during his 2nd year of study when Cameron got his first glimpse into the world of theatre whilst specialising in lighting. It was a great learning opportunity and resulted in a huge upsurge in experience which in turn boosted his confidence. 

Working with the Splitbeam family, he says he has learnt a great deal about theatre lighting, from the professional set up and operation of a show to the servicing and maintaining of a range of lighting equipment. 

“Being part of the Splitbeam team has helped me develop and to become a well-rounded, professional lighting technician.. although I still have lots of room to grow, of course.” he laughs.

When there’s a bit of free time available, Cameron can be found either getting his DIY fix at home or nurturing his family of bonsai - in the process creating a calm oasis far from the fast-paced techie world that drives him during working hours.

“Always try to learn more and be better than the person you were yesterday”.

Story Liza Hooper, Photo Splitbeam

Feb 20, 2018

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