In this edition of our team spotlight series we are featuring Director of Production, Tristan Tidswell.
Tristan has worked in the audio visual industry for more than 12 years and has been a member of our team since 2015. Tristan’s passion, dedication to his client’s visions and willingness to always go above and beyond are what set him apart from the rest.
“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Tristan for well over 10 years now on a multitude of projects and was thrilled when he joined the team full time in 2015. A true leader in his field, Tristan is always ahead of industry trends and technology with the designs he produces for our clients while maintaining a strong overview of our team of Production Managers. Always the first to hop in and help wherever he’s needed, and with a wicked sense of humour even after the longest of days, Tristan is a hugely valued member of our team!” Mike Wilson, Chief Operating Officer
How do you spend your free time?
My main decompression is reading. I enjoy modern fiction with a hint of action and adventure. When I really get away I go portaging in Algonquin Park. The peace and quiet of nature coupled with only having what you are willing to carry on your back is something I find very appealing. I also enjoy the challenge of pushing myself to travel each day to find a new lake and campsite. Sometimes I go with a friend, sometimes on my own but each trip is special and unique.
What do you wish you knew more about?
Psychology and how the mind works. I find it fascinating that people can look at the same information and come to completely different conclusions. There are some many variables involved and the brain is so multifaceted that I feel it would be a never-ending area to explore.
What are you interested in that most people haven’t heard of?
From a very young age, I’ve been fascinated with trains. My parents used to travel a lot by train and I always enjoyed the travel part of the trip the most. I’ve been fortunate enough to take the train across the country multiple times and even though it’s not the fastest mode of travel, I find it to be the most enjoyable.
What could you give a 40-minute presentation on with absolutely no preparation?
Lighting for stage and live events. I’ve been studying and working generally as a lighting designer for the past 14 years. It’s something that I’m passionate about and thoroughly enjoy. I’ve led 3-hour workshops on theatre lighting that have gone by in a flash because I get so into the material that I lose track of time.
What is the most interesting place you’ve ever been?
Lanzarote in the Canary Islands. Very barren, very volcanic, very rocky, very dry. It wasn’t really at all what I had expected but it was warm and sunny in December and very empty as it was before the holiday rush. Visiting the volcano in the national park was a definite highlight. The downside was after spending a week in the sun, London UK at 2 degrees Celsius and damp was as cold as I have been my entire life (and I used to wait for the school bus at -35!).
What are you absolutely determined to do?
Run another marathon. I ran one in my early 20’s after having done several shorter races and pushed too hard in the first half of the race, resulting in me running out of steam and cramping up at about kilometer 35. I finished the race, however, missed qualifying for the Boston Marathon by less than 10 minutes. I’ve had my mind set on making the big race ever since and was training for the next race shortly after but I injured my knee and have not run more than 10 kilometers since.
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