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  • #14842

    Hi all!

    I have found that my biggest challenge in finding employment is that I don’t know of the names of very many production companies. I am looking for any name of Tampa Bay or Central Florida companies (preferably some that work with haunted attractions. I can’t find any information on who does the the scenic work for Busch Gardens!)

    The small list I have so far includes:

    Oak Island Creative

    Artistic Entertainment Services

    Adirondack Studios

    If anyone has any others to add to the list, I would be forever grateful!

    Thank you!

    #15558

    FELD Entertainment was accidentally left off that list!

    #15559
     Tessa Broyles
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    I don’t know much about other places in Tampa, but I do know about Busch Gardens. I met them at USITT and they offered me a job. As far as I understand, they do their own painting; you get hired as a “technician”, which is probably why it doesn’t seem clear. When I applied, they sent me to this link and had me do the application. https://buschgardensauditions.com/en/busch-gardens-tampa/entertainment-opportunities/technicians

    The information on that page seems strange because it says nothing about painting and the pay rate is wrong, but somewhere in the application, I think you put something about painting, or if they interview you you can clarify that.

    #15560

    A good source for haunted attraction companies is Haunted Attraction Magazine. The sponsor a big convention every year – I think it’s usually in St. Louis. Another good source is the Themed Entertainment Association web site. They list all of their member companies: http://www.teaconnect.org.

    #15561

    Another good idea is to keep a running list of company names and contact info. For example: here’s a job posting that I just saw on Linked -In.

    Job description

    Position Overview

    The Scenic Painter provides assistance to the Paint Shop Manager in production of the scenic paint shop. This role coordinates workload between the carpentry and paint shop, completes daily and weekly work in the scenic paint shop, and confirms design appearances (surface color and texture) for the approved work. The Scenic Painter is responsible for making sure all assigned production is completed safely, efficiently, in a timely manner, and confirms the quality of the final product meets company standards.

    Principal Duties And Responsibilities

    Completes tasks and responsibilities assigned.

    Meets deadlines on a schedule for completion of each project.

    Must have understanding of different type of paint products used for a wide range of surfaces, finishes, etc. (i.e. wood, metal, plastics, fiberglass).

    Experience with finishing raw wood products with stain and clear finishes; ability to employ combinations of spray, paint, finishing compound, stains, and other materials until a result is reached that meets the client’s design/finish intent.

    Ability to use different techniques such as sponging, distressing, strippling and color blocking to create decorative and faux finishes; finishes may often require the use of washes, glazes, and layering.

    Ability to replicate paint samples and swatches and prepare a detailed operating procedure or log, to duplicate the paint procedure and steps, for future preparation/use.

    Labels paint and other supplies and keeps track of essential paint tools, supplies and inventories.

    Ability to examine existing fixtures to determine the extent of damage or deterioration, and to decide on the best method for repair or restoration; ability to fill and smooth cracks or depressions, remove marks and imperfections, and repair broken parts using plastic, wood putty or glue.

    Ensures that proper safety practices and procedures are used, including proper disposal of hazardous/toxic liquids or materials.

    Other Duties And Responsibilities

    Performs work in a manner consistent with JK2’s Vision and Core Values

    Creative Minded

    Solution Driven

    Quality Focused

    Teamwork/Respected Partners

    Performs other duties as assigned

    Supervision Received

    Supervised by Paint Shop Manager

    Required

    Education:

    High school diploma or GED

    Work Experience

    A minimum of 3 years of experience in professional scene painting or scenic production with demonstrated mastery in scenic artist techniques including surface treatments such as texturing, trompe l’oeil, faux, sculpting, lettering, ageing, and distressing. Specific training in faux-finishing techniques is necessary and is typically learned through hands-on experience. Must have a solid command of color theory and a knack for mixing paint.

    Qualifications/skills

    Knowledge of color theory and ability to mix and match color swatches.

    Knowledge of Microsoft office software (Word, Excel, Outlook).

    Physical Ability

    Ability to climb ladders and scaffolding, lift up weights of up to 45 lbs., regularly squat and maintain position while painting scenery, and standing and walking for up to 4 hours. This position requires wearing of fall rest harnesses, as necessary, and use of respirators.

    Other Skills, Ability And/or Knowledge

    The ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with a wide variety of external professionals and in-house staff. Clean driving record with a valid license.

    Pass a pre-employment drug screen and random drug testing. Pass a criminal background check.

    Special Hours Requirements

    May need to work overtime, nights and weekends as required

    JK2 Management has the right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this position at its discretion.

    http://www.jk2.com

    Please take a moment to see what we do!

    #15562
     Anonymous

    Hi Sam, I love in the orlando area and here are a few I know of – most are located in orlando. Some are further away but do work for the theme parks. I don’t know who does work specifically in the Tampa area but I’m sure some of these do, or could at least point you in the right direction.

    Artistic entertainment services (AES creative)

    Nassal

    ThemeWorks (located in Gainesville but does great scenic work for a lot of the parks)

    Artistic Adventures

    Adirondack

    Jk2 Scenic

    Bungalow (i haven’t been there but I hear their shop is air conditioned…)

    Jon Richards co

    Cost of Wisconsin

    I second the earlier recommendation of searching the member directory at teaconnect.org.

    Also, there is a freelance group called Slice Creative Network based here. I think you have to apply and pay to be a member now, but they also post jobs on their Facebook page sometimes, and I think you can like and view their page without being a member. Every February or March they hold a speed networking event where you get 3-minute interviews with a bunch of companies, and they also have mixers and other events. It may be worth checking out their site – if nothing else you could use it to look at the portfolio sites of other scenic and see where they have worked before.

    Kate Shore

    #15563

    tbroyles wrote:

    I don’t know much about other places in Tampa, but I do know about Busch Gardens. I met them at USITT and they offered me a job. As far as I understand, they do their own painting; you get hired as a “technician”, which is probably why it doesn’t seem clear. When I applied, they sent me to this link and had me do the application. https://buschgardensauditions.com/en/busch-gardens-tampa/entertainment-opportunities/technicians

    The information on that page seems strange because it says nothing about painting and the pay rate is wrong, but somewhere in the application, I think you put something about painting, or if they interview you you can clarify that.

    Wow, thanks so much! This was super helpful. Application is in with a resume outlining the scenic experience and I have to attend their monthly cattle call auditions/interviews in early May. Congrats on the offer!

    #15564

    TuxedoJunction wrote:

    Another good idea is to keep a running list of company names and contact info. For example: here’s a job posting that I just saw on Linked -In.

    Job description

    Position Overview

    The Scenic Painter provides assistance to the Paint Shop Manager in production of the scenic paint shop. This role coordinates workload between the carpentry and paint shop, completes daily and weekly work in the scenic paint shop, and confirms design appearances (surface color and texture) for the approved work. The Scenic Painter is responsible for making sure all assigned production is completed safely, efficiently, in a timely manner, and confirms the quality of the final product meets company standards.

    Principal Duties And Responsibilities

    Completes tasks and responsibilities assigned.

    Meets deadlines on a schedule for completion of each project.

    Must have understanding of different type of paint products used for a wide range of surfaces, finishes, etc. (i.e. wood, metal, plastics, fiberglass).

    Experience with finishing raw wood products with stain and clear finishes; ability to employ combinations of spray, paint, finishing compound, stains, and other materials until a result is reached that meets the client’s design/finish intent.

    Ability to use different techniques such as sponging, distressing, strippling and color blocking to create decorative and faux finishes; finishes may often require the use of washes, glazes, and layering.

    Ability to replicate paint samples and swatches and prepare a detailed operating procedure or log, to duplicate the paint procedure and steps, for future preparation/use.

    Labels paint and other supplies and keeps track of essential paint tools, supplies and inventories.

    Ability to examine existing fixtures to determine the extent of damage or deterioration, and to decide on the best method for repair or restoration; ability to fill and smooth cracks or depressions, remove marks and imperfections, and repair broken parts using plastic, wood putty or glue.

    Ensures that proper safety practices and procedures are used, including proper disposal of hazardous/toxic liquids or materials.

    Other Duties And Responsibilities

    Performs work in a manner consistent with JK2’s Vision and Core Values

    Creative Minded

    Solution Driven

    Quality Focused

    Teamwork/Respected Partners

    Performs other duties as assigned

    Supervision Received

    Supervised by Paint Shop Manager

    Required

    Education:

    High school diploma or GED

    Work Experience

    A minimum of 3 years of experience in professional scene painting or scenic production with demonstrated mastery in scenic artist techniques including surface treatments such as texturing, trompe l’oeil, faux, sculpting, lettering, ageing, and distressing. Specific training in faux-finishing techniques is necessary and is typically learned through hands-on experience. Must have a solid command of color theory and a knack for mixing paint.

    Qualifications/skills

    Knowledge of color theory and ability to mix and match color swatches.

    Knowledge of Microsoft office software (Word, Excel, Outlook).

    Physical Ability

    Ability to climb ladders and scaffolding, lift up weights of up to 45 lbs., regularly squat and maintain position while painting scenery, and standing and walking for up to 4 hours. This position requires wearing of fall rest harnesses, as necessary, and use of respirators.

    Other Skills, Ability And/or Knowledge

    The ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with a wide variety of external professionals and in-house staff. Clean driving record with a valid license.

    Pass a pre-employment drug screen and random drug testing. Pass a criminal background check.

    Special Hours Requirements

    May need to work overtime, nights and weekends as required

    JK2 Management has the right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this position at its discretion.

    http://www.jk2.com

    Please take a moment to see what we do!

    Thank you for the reply! I’ve used Indeed.com and other job search sights to look for scenic employment as well but I’ve never really gone the way of LinkedIn. I’ll keep that in mind!

    #15565

    katevshore1 wrote:

    Hi Sam, I love in the orlando area and here are a few I know of – most are located in orlando. Some are further away but do work for the theme parks. I don’t know who does work specifically in the Tampa area but I’m sure some of these do, or could at least point you in the right direction.

    Artistic entertainment services (AES creative)

    Nassal

    ThemeWorks (located in Gainesville but does great scenic work for a lot of the parks)

    Artistic Adventures

    Adirondack

    Jk2 Scenic

    Bungalow (i haven’t been there but I hear their shop is air conditioned…)

    Jon Richards co

    Cost of Wisconsin

    I second the earlier recommendation of searching the member directory at teaconnect.org.

    Also, there is a freelance group called Slice Creative Network based here. I think you have to apply and pay to be a member now, but they also post jobs on their Facebook page sometimes, and I think you can like and view their page without being a member. Every February or March they hold a speed networking event where you get 3-minute interviews with a bunch of companies, and they also have mixers and other events. It may be worth checking out their site – if nothing else you could use it to look at the portfolio sites of other scenic and see where they have worked before.

    Kate Shore

    Holy smokes Kate! Thank you so much for the comprehensive list! That is fantastic. The TEA member directory is incredible on its own!

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