KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE – The appeal of the entertainment industry draws many, but breaking in, standing out and making a career can be an uphill climb. Fortunately, John Cameron Carter had both the gumption and talent to take advantage of Bandit’s intern program where upon completion, he joined the team as a full time Bandit Lites employee.
Carter majored in Technical Theatre at The High End School for Performing and Visual Arts with a focus on lighting. He then attended Webster University to study in the Conservatory’s Concert Design Program led by Lighting Designer and longtime Bandit client, Seth Jackson.
“When speaking about his designs, Seth always spoke highly of the team at Bandit, as he used them on many of his tours and shows over the years,” said Carter. “When looking for a summer job in my junior year of university, I asked Seth if he would put me in touch with Bandit so I might see what part of the industry interested me most in my post grad job search.”
After Seth connected Carter with Bandit’s team in Nashville, Carter earned college credit by prepping and de-prepping shows, along with assisting Seth, Lighting Director Eddie ‘Bones’ Connell and the Bandit crew at rehearsals for Toby Keith’s tour.
“As Seth’s Assistant Lighting Designer, I spent my time composing the pantograph movements and looks that the tour featured heavily,” Carter said. He also spent time as a Light Board Op in addition to spending several weeks with the Bandit Sales Division working on drawings and preparations for a new Live Nation venue.
Five days after graduating, Carter moved to Knoxville and officially joined Bandit Lites as an Installation and Service Specialist where he aids the sales team in drafting, prepping and installing fixtures and controls for music venues, theatres, churches, schools and special attractions all over the country.
“We really enjoyed the interest and energy that John Cameron showed during his internship with our division,” said Bandit’s National Director of Sales, Chris Barbee. “We have assembled a great team in the Sales and Installations division and they have a wide variety of experience. John Cameron has a great work ethic and desire to learn that, coupled with his education, we felt was a great combination to add to the team.”
“Being a part of Bandit is being a member of a family that utilizes decades of industry experience with new methods and ideas for an ever-changing industry,” finished Carter. “I am elated to be a member of that team.”
About Bandit Lites, Inc.
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