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Meet Evan Cervantes

Today we’d like to introduce you to Evan Cervantes.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Evan. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I started out interested in getting back into the Entertainment industry after a brief foray into attempting to be a quality Recording/Mixing Audio Engineer back in 2009-2010. I failed miserably, as I found out quickly I wasn’t built to stay in one place, in one room, at one desk. I went as far in the other direction as I could to be outside and mobile, so I ended up as an EMT, on the path to becoming an LA City Firefighter. Well, I got injured on the job, found myself working Dialysis, and in a gym, when I realized I needed to make a major life shift.

So in 2017 I walked into the largest Entertainment Production Rental house in the world (on the recommendation of a client from my gym) and just started shaking hands with everyone, and helping where I could. Now, mind you, this is in a building the size of an Amazon.com warehouse with departments ranging from Rigging to Audio, to Camera Engineering. After a few days of literally just being there working for free, someone higher up noticed, asked who I was, and ended up back paying me for the few days and offering me my first gig. I was elated. After a few months of working some REALLY bad gigs, at some shocking locations and times, I had learned enough about LED (Light Emitting Diode) technology in this field to be dangerous. It had really helped that I went to school for Audio, and understood tech and signal flow. I finally got my first big break to go on tour at the end of 2017, and I went out with Tran Siberian Orchestra for three months. It was a major ballbreaker and was a brilliant learning experience.

Over the next few years I really honed my craft working with such artists as; The Foo Fighters, Beyonce/Jay-Z, P!nk, The Chainsmokers, The Smashing Pumpkins, Jennifer Lopez, and many others. I’ve also done major events such as Coachella where I’m the lead for LED on the Main Stage. I’ve done endless gigs for the likes of YouTube, Hulu, Caddilac, The Catholic Church, and even the Church of Scientology. You’d be hard-pressed to find a big gig I haven’t been at least involved in some way in the past few years.

Most recently I’ve been the Crew Chief for Mettallica’s S&M2 with the San Francisco Philharmonic in SF. They just did a limited release in AMC theaters of the event, and I hope they go up for another Grammy this coming year for it (as they won one for their first 20 years ago). I also was a Technical Production Manager on the Video/LED side for the recent North America Gesaffelstein tour.

I’m currently transitioning into the full-time position of Technical Production Manager at PRG, that is the largest Entertainment Production Rental house in the world. The one that I walked into a few years ago knowing nothing. I’m transitioning to this job as my wife is pregnant and I’d love to be off the road, and at least have a more consistent home base… but nothing could take me out of the industry. I love my job!

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The road has been rough. I’ve gotten sick, ended up in ERs, had to miss birthdays/holidays/weddings, and spent a lot of time on tour… but it’s been worth it. Many back to back 24hr days where we got NO sleep and HAD to figure out how to make it work.

We’d love to hear more about your work.
I am a Tour Video Crew Chief, and a Technical Production Manager. As a crew chief, I ensure my entire team knows their job, the gig gets loaded in/out on time, and the production/Artist remains happy. I specialize in LED processing and knowledge. If anyone has trouble making a Video Wall work; I’m your guy. I’m known for taking on the hardest jobs and getting em done even when the time to get it done is basically none. I’m also well known for being a very fair leader on the road. My industry is known as being very rough, and gritty… but I try to lead with love and fairness… and I’m told I do it pretty well.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Definitely, my mom dying her hair green and coming to see my grade school principal when I got in trouble for dying my hair green at school.

Contact Info:

  • Email: EvanBCervantes@gmail.com
  • Instagram: SirVonTease

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