Profile: live events runner

From giving out information to the public, stewarding crowds, taking guests backstage and making cups of tea - Alex Rata talks about his role as a volunteer live events runner for the BBC at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2012.

The role is varied depending on what needs doing on the site that day. It includes giving out information to the public, stewarding crowds, taking guests backstage, tidying up after the show, printing, laminating and making cups of tea.

"Be smiley and enthusiastic and be prepared to do the best job you can do, with anything you get given." – Alex Rata

Alex describes his role that day of escorting guests to the site for the live broadcast of BBC Radio 5 live's Richard Bacon. He acts as a go between for the production team in case they have questions to ask the events team on site.

The core skills needed to be a live events runner are to be adaptable, be able to think on your feet and not to get flustered.

Alex's top tip is to smile and be enthusiastic. Be prepared to do the best you can do, no matter what the job is.

For Alex being a volunteer runner was a really good opportunity to see behind the scenes of many BBC productions. It also provided great experience of the media industry and will add to his CV.