After 30 years working in live-event production, Steve Pamplin, head of production at London-based creative experience agency DRP Group, shares his on-the-road experiences of travelling to destinations all over the world, often in a convoy of event production equipment-packed lorries.
“When I started in the production industry, transporting your equipment across Europe was a challenge, communication was slow, and every country had border controls. There was a lot of paperwork and delays were common.
“That’s not to say you shouldn’t make familiarisation trips. Before I begin planning an event, I always make the effort to visit the venue and get to know the people. Meeting people on site is part of what I love about my job; it’s true to say that production people are the same the world over — there’s a technical production language that we all understand, and no two days are the same.”