Alumni Profile: Trevor Smith

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LoneStar_Trevor_SmithLive Entertainment Technology provides stage ‘magic’

Have you ever been to a concert or performance and wondered, “How do they do that,” as you become mesmerized by the events alluringly simultaneous light and sound display? Have you ever thought you’d like to be a part of the behind-the-scenes coordination and excitement?

Lone Star College’s live entertainment technology (LET) program makes entertainment magic happen, using all the latest and greatest timing and technology equipment to provide the grandest sound, lighting, and video experience imaginable.

Trevor Smith, a former student of the LSC-Montgomery LET program, was one of those who wanted to be at the controls.

While he was at LSC-Montgomery, Smith took advantage of the internship program by interning with a local production solutions company, the Audio Visual Professional Group. After his internship, the company offered him a full time position and he has been working for them ever since.

“One of the highlights of my job is the ability to travel,” Smith said. “There just aren’t enough technicians out there, so the career offers the flexibility to travel or work local, just because they are hungry for warm bodies.”

The college’s LET program provides students with the foundational knowledge, skills and abilities to design, set up, operate and maintain specialty lighting, audio and video equipment for any variety of live entertainment productions.

“The career possibilities are endless in this industry,” said Rob Kreps, program director and associate professor of theatre at LSC-Montgomery. “Anything from traditional live theatre, churches, and cruise ship industries, to shows such as Disney and Marvel Universe Live. Technicians can travel with bands, or even work for theme parks, or in the hotel industry.”

The perfect candidate for the program, according to Kreps, is someone who is a self-starter, a go-getter, and willing to take on any task. They need to have a creative mindset, the ability to ask questions, maintain a positive attitude under pressure – with a smile on their face, and be able to adapt to an ever-changing environment.

LSC-Montgomery offers level one and two certificate programs in either general live entertainment technology or video, and a level three live entertainment technology associate of applied science (AAS) degree in either general live entertainment technology or video.

All levels offer an internship, a chance for students to build experience with industry professionals and the opportunity to make job placement contacts after completion of the program.

For more information on the LET program, visit
LoneStar.edu/audio-visual-dept.

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