Personal musings, plans and devices of an engineer/artist

Want to know fun? Take a day off after putting in 120 hours in 10 days and spend it all day alone watching reruns of “Good Eats” on Netflix while rewriting an ENTIRE stagehand policy and procedure handbook while adhering to university guidelines.

I think I may have a problem… and I am not being snarky cute

A few images from the 2014-15 Season Preview at ASU Gammage Kerr Cultural Center. We have a great season lined up with a growing selection of world music along with Jazz, classical and theatre for kids and adults alike! Business is starting to accelerate at the studio, and the combined technology upgrades (running North of $30k overall!!) make this the first fully digital production venue at ASU, and one of the few venues where you can have a full multitrack live session recorded, mixed and mastered in house! And, the acoustics of this all adobe performance studio cannot be found anywhere else.  

This has been a VERY long term technical project of mine, and I am very pleased to see it paying off.

minor2major:

mattrobinsonaudio:

That’s not how I sent them out! Sigh. That’s a quarter of an hour re-coiling cables ahead of me then.

This reminds me. I was crewing for this company and it really shocked me how most of the other people on the crew didn’t know how to coil a cable. People who’d been working for years….these guys.


there will be blood, son…
Savages.

minor2major:

mattrobinsonaudio:

That’s not how I sent them out! Sigh. That’s a quarter of an hour re-coiling cables ahead of me then.

This reminds me. I was crewing for this company and it really shocked me how most of the other people on the crew didn’t know how to coil a cable. People who’d been working for years….these guys.

there will be blood, son…

Savages.

Reblogged from smblrsunite  125 notes
Hi. I just wanted to say how unbelievably refreshing it was to read that you believe sick SMs should stay home and get better. At my school stage managers would come into tech with surgical masks on because they were sick but "tech must go on." I'm all for the idea of selflessness but I worry that I'm too weak and bad at being sick to be able to accomplish this. Thank you for making me feel better about this weakness of mine.
Anonymous

smblrsunite:

Knowing yourself well enough to know your sickness is detrimental is actually a strength. Everyone is different; every illness is different. That person’s cold alresdy has hold; the only thing they can do now is make sure they get better ASAP. But if you take care of yourself 24/7/365, it significantly decreases the odds of you getting sick. Prevention is the best solution. -J

Another aspect to take from the professional world to your school production is the value of the show over what may seem to be a “selfless” act of forcing yourself to work during a show, rehearsal or gig when you are sick.  Many young SM’s think that “Powering through” a show when sick is a sign of diligence and dedication.  But, when you get to the professional world, the exact opposite will end up being seen.  There is one thing when you are fatigued a little, or have allergies and you come in to do the show.  But if you are sick with the flu or have a broken arm, a director, TD or even fellow ASM in the professional world will pull rank and send you home. 

This is because getting crew or talent sick is a major blow to the production.  No matter how important someone’s job or efforts are, a show can make due for a few days while that person recovers and is back to full strength.  By bringing that contagion in, you are getting OTHERS sick, and weakening the production.  Now, instead of one SM sick, you have an SM, two stagehands, three ensemble members and a principle lead sick.  Now you cannot work without all of those people. 

This also applies to injuries.  A crew member with a broken limb or mobility issue is a hazard. You wouldn’t want a truck driver with an injured eye on the road!  Or, how about a cop who cannot run? While accommodations SHOULD be made, you should never fault a crew member who simply needs to take the time to heal themselves.  It isn’t a sign of weakness or a lack of dedication.  It is the opposite: A selfless sign that the health of the show is more important than a couple of days lost to Nyquil and Netflix in bed while you kick the bug to get back to the show fresh. 

It takes a strong person to work through adversity. It takes an even stronger person to realize when to step back and to deal with that Adversity on it’s own terms to overcome it. The real world will still be here.