Work in Good Company
I just wrapped up another outdoor festival production where we provided everything from Staging, Audio, Lighting and of course my portable AC unit to deal with the 98 degree Florida weather. This event reminded me how important it is to have a quality crew with you on every event you do. Let me explain…
This was easily the type of event that I could have brought in an intermediate crew, paid less in labor, left a bunch of gear in the warehouse and everything would have been acceptable. Well, I don’t really like acceptable. Acceptable is the notion of allowing a little issue become an unrecoverable catastrophe.
Sure enough, we had a couple of unexpected Acts of God and uncontrollable instances that put us in position of having a quality crew that was able to adjust on their feet.
First, it’s common during the Summertime in Florida to have massive and powerful thunderstorms pop up out of nowhere; we had just that. 24’x30’ tarp covered truss grid in the air as 40+ MPH winds, rain and lighting came our way. Can we handle it? Yeah, that’s a no-brainer… So what took a quality crew? The client and band agreed to set up a smaller show inside the building so the concert-goers could still see the band! This meant taking a large portion of the stage equipment inside and setting it up in minutes. Having go-getters instead of followers made this happen quick, professional and successfully!
Second, on day 2, my A1 had something get into his eye causing it to swell beyond anything I’ve ever seen and required a trip to the ER (I’ll refrain from posting a picture). This caused us to be short handed and lacking a FOH engineer to run the show. Having a good crew this past weekend meant that we just shuffled responsibilities and still had a great crew providing a great product to the client and concert-goers.
I preach constantly about using good quality techs and crew so your shows always go as planned. There is nothing more rewarding than getting through the weeds of things that may pop up and your client has no idea of what could have happened. The more comfortable and relaxed your client is, the better your team looks!
Posted on Mon, February 6, 2017
by Drew McMullian