Nick Barnes
Durban Representative

Nick Barnes

When DWR Distribution opened the Durban branch in January 2012, Nick Barnes joined the team to run the office and assist with sales and support and has since been a wonderful member of the DWR family.

Nick fell in love with the lighting industry when he was 15 years old. He contributes his passion and success to the amazing KwaZulu Natal people he has met in the industry along the way.

He grew up in Richards Bay and attended boarding school at Durban High School (DHS). Very soon he became involved with school plays and events, first ushering guests to their seats and then in grade 10, taking over as lighting technician along with LD Thomas Peters, also a lad at the time.

“That is where I met Brandon Bunyan from Black Coffee,” recalls Nick. “Brandon came in and taught us and I’m very grateful to him. He set met off on these stepping stones.”

With a variety of productions held at the school, Nick had opportunity to meet Ron Selby and Romi Schumann from Production Projects, and soon realized this is what he wanted to do with his life. In fact, when Nick was 16 years old, Ron Selby mistakenly thought he was in matric and offered him a job. “What are you doing next year,” Ron had asked. “Going to grade 11,” replied Nick.

From 2006 to 2008, Nick studied Entertainment Technology at the Durban University of Technology, and often helped out at Black Coffee during this time. In his final year, he got involved with Gearhouse Durban and proceeded to join the company as Junior Lighting Technician and Lighting Workshop Manager. He was only 20 years old at the time.

“I got behind Jason Fritz who was then at Gearhouse, and he and Simon Hampton mentored me, “  Nick fondly remembers. “I obviously learned all I could about lighting, rigging and power. Offer Lapid was really good to me as was Stuart Andrews, who was the branch manager at the time.”

Nick then took a sales position at Electronic SA Durban Branch where he stayed for close to two years before joining DWR.

It is a great pleasure having Nick on the team. On a personal note, it has been a privilege seeing him grow to now have a little family of his own. He is also a keen long distance runner.

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