Where are you from and where have you been?
Nick Whitehouse: I’m originally from Leeds in the UK, but over my career I have been fortunate enough to have traveled all over the world and worked on shows in some amazing places with great people. A few years ago I finally settled down in North America.
How did you get into this business?
In my college years I spent more time in the school's theater playing with the sound and lights than in my lessons. From that point onwards I knew I wanted to make a career out of it. When I finished college I headed to London and spent the next four years taking any work that I could, to learn and gain experience in whatever way that I could. I did everything from pulling cables through the mud, to club installs, to being the new guy on a Lighting Crew. I met great people and learned as much as I could from everyone I worked with.
I had been fortunate enough to meet with a great LD (lighting designer), Bryan Leitch, who took me under his wings and gave me some great opportunities to learn. In early 2000 he got me my first LD job with a band called “StarSailor”. It was a club and theater tour of the UK and Europe and it went really well! From there things grew steadily and with lots of hard work and passion and always a willingness to learn from the people around me, I managed to get to where I am now.