After being made redundant, following 11 years of working as a Toolmaker (inc. a 4 year apprenticeship), I found my self(!) building scenery at my local Repertory theatre.
Five and a half years later I was poached by a rigging company, where I helped fabricate flying systems, revolves etc.
Now I work freelance as a metalworker/welder/fabricator/mechanical engineer for the Film, TV and Theatre industry.
I also have my own metal workshop, including a forge, where I can produce props.