The Big Cheese

The Big Cheese with Austage Events Sydney’s Aaron Dart

The Nibbler sat down for a quick chat with the general manager and technical director of Austage Events Sydney, but then he had to dart off.

The great thing about my job is…

The best part of my job is the event itself. There’s so much build up to this one moment – behind-the-scenes planning, coordinating and building – sometimes without a rehearsal. It’s just such a cool space to work in. Seeing the nervous buzz of excitement in the client’s face at this exact moment is just wonderful.

The challenge for the industry is…

Matching the client’s creative expectations within their budget. Depending on the experience of the client and the level of involvement from the conception stages, the outcome of a design and desired outcome really can change. Sometimes clients don’t realise how much goes into achieving great event technology.

My greatest achievement is…

My kids. I love being a Dad. Plus, it’s a great excuse to act like a child myself!

The biggest thing in MICE this year will be…

This year will be a big one. Not only is the AV technology continuously improving, but the expectations and trends drive how we approach events. I think we will continue to see original content, large-scale designs and colour.

I try to relax by…

Being a big kid when I’m around my kids. I also love playing guitar, creating songs and watching a good sci-fi movie.

I don’t understand why…

Goats are trending on social globally – what is it about goats that gets the funny bone going?

My favourite venue/destination is…

Without a doubt Musket Cove, Fiji. I got married there, it’s a stunningly beautiful place and I have no midnight bump-in memory associated with it.

I’ve always wanted to travel to…

Central/North Europe and Scandinavia – it looks beautiful. If anyone has a gig coming up where they need a show wizard, I’m your man!

I am scared to death of… 

Getting old and serious. I hope I’m a cheeky and fun old man in the future.

I can’t live without…

My laptop. It’s a lifeline, from emails and Vectorworks drawing and software, to generally helping me get from one place to the next. I’d be lost without it.

I really wish I had…

A clone.

If I could invite four people to a dinner party, they’d be…

Jimi Hendrix, John Mayer, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and a cameraman to record the inevitable jam session that would happen. Second to that, the cast from Anchorman.

For anyone starting out in the industry, one piece of advice I’d give would be…

Never be afraid to ask for help. Put your hand up and say, “show me please”. The more people know you are keen to learn, the more they will want you around.

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