As General Manager of Audio Technik, Sebastian Marks comes with a wealth of experience. Having worked in the entertainment industry for 15 years, he has had the privilege of working on theatre productions, professional musicals and large-scale concerts.
Sebastian started working in audio whilst studying at WAPPA, picking up casual work in pubs and theatres around Perth. After graduating in 2007 with an Advanced Diploma of Live Production, Theatre and Events (Sound), Sebastian moved to Melbourne to broaden his horizons and gain experience working on popular musicals and theatre shows. When he moved back to Perth for personal reasons in 2009, he landed the role of Head of Audio at His Majesty’s Theatre and spent four years working on operas, ballets and theatrical performances.
At the end of 2012 Sebastian traveled to Canada to peruse his other passion, snowboarding. After spending four and a half months boarding on a snowy mountain, he returned to Perth to be with his girlfriend (now wife) and started his own audio business. His business portfolio was varied and involved installs for bars, churches and stadiums; system upgrade work; jazz gigs at WAAPA and Production managing shows for Perth Festival. In 2014 Sebastian became a full time Technical Operations Coordinator at Venues West, a role that involved managing all the technical aspects of sporting events and music concerts.
With his heart still in audio and theatre, Sebastian left Venues West and was offered the job of General Manager at Audio Technik at the start of 2018. He was drawn to Audio Technik as they showed a passion for audio and professionalism and had a great attitude to client relationships, mirroring some of the top companies he worked with on the East Coast.
As General Manager, Sebastian’s day is busy and varied. He leads up to 60 staff, manages client relationships, oversees equipment hire and ensures that his team is working to the best of their ability to meet client needs. While it can be challenging juggling differing priorities and expectations, he loves that he has the ability to turn shows and client goals into reality and to create new lasting partnerships within the industry in order to build a better industry.
Sebastian has long-term visions for improving the entertainment industry. He says that he “would like the arts to be treated with the same amount of respect, same amount of sponsorship and same amount of importance as sports within Australia.” Like the sports, he wants to create a clear through-line from school to professionalism that supports and encourages children to choose a career in the entertainment industry. He has plans to turn this vision into reality, which he works on in his spare time when he is not spending time with family or enjoying his hobbies.
In the mean time, his advice for anyone starting out a career in this industry is to “be persistent, know what you want, try to get as much experience as you can but don’t sell yourself for nothing.”