My Event World - Andy Watterston

Andy Watterston, technical project manager at Media Powerhouse, on his passion for music, unwinding in France and a near-death experience in Connecticut.

My Event World - Andy Watterston
My Event World - Andy Watterston

I got into the events industry because of my love of all things musical, instruments and anything related to live music events. Music is where my career began.

I have worked here since 2010. I have been in the events industry since 1975. 

I was attracted to this particular role because of the prospect of working on a variety of events. I was really excited by the creative and technical challenges that are presented with each event.

Not many people know that I spent two years as a blacksmith from 1972 to 1974.

My worst experience at an event was during my rock n roll days. Our band played in a basketball arena in Connecticut. Two days later the roof collapsed due to snow loading. It was a real ‘what if’ moment. I’m glad to say that I’ve never experienced anything awful at an event I’ve managed. If I had, I probably wouldn’t be in the industry now.

If there’s one thing I’ve learnt it’s to be patient and understanding. The excitement of the project and my enthusiasm sometime cloud my ability to be patient.   

The best event I’ve been involved in was the launch of the Range Rover Evoque in Athens eight years ago. It was the prototype vehicle launch and the event took place in a very restricted venue, so it was really challenging but great fun.

If I could do it all over again I would go into the film industry, as it’s the one area of the industry I haven’t worked in.

The one thing I can’t stand is negative thinking, in an industry of such positive thinking people.

Outside of work I spend my time enjoying sailing, outdoor activities and spending time in my retreat in France.

If money were no object I would buy a bigger retreat in France and give my children the elements to enable them to be set up for life.

The one thing I can’t do my job without is virtual private network access.

If I could switch places with anyone else in the industry it would be the technical director of the London 2012 Olympic Games. You’d get to travel a lot and experience the event industry worldwide, which would be amazing.

If I ruled the event industry I’d like to see a clear understanding and appreciation of people’s time. It would be nice to see people getting recognised for the amount of work they put in, and for the budgets to reflect the commitment from talented individuals.

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