This fall I was up in Boston at ART’s Club Oberon, where I worked as a mixer on “The Donkey Show” and other projects. For October and November, I mixed the new musical “Indian Joe” at Goodspeed Musicals. Some great lessons learned this fall as I regained the use of my right clavicle and got back into the swing of work things.
- As Woody Guthrie would say, “take it easy, but take it!”
- Recovering was tough because I am used to spending so much of my life in full throttle. I’m used to being in a new place every week, on my feet, adapting, using both arms…you get it. Of course, even after I was out of the arm sling, it still took a good few months of physical therapy before I could do everything I would need to at work (heavy lifting, crawling on a grid, climbing a ladder, etc). I am grateful to my many understanding supervisors, who helped immensely with making accommodations for me at work and getting me extra help with physically demanding tasks. But I’m also really proud of myself for being transparent about my abilities and disabilities, and asking for the help I needed without feeling bad about needing it. I made sure my bosses knew that I was there to work and be helpful, and that I would happily do anything I could do comfortably, but at the same time, we all knew that slowing down my recovery by having me do too much was not the answer.
- I have to admit, this is probably one of those things that is harder when you’re a woman, especially in an industry that is both male-dominated and requires a lot of you physically, even though, and we sometimes forget this, that’s not a gender-specific trait.
- Patience is a virtue. So is knowing when to drop it.
- I sat through a number of challenging rehearsals this fall, and as we all know, communication can get crazy and start to break down when enough stressed out cooks are in one kitchen. I worked on not being one of them, and just doing my job. As the stickers on my desk said, “Keep Calm and Mix The Damn Show!” and “It’s All Good :)” Two life lessons best learned in conjunction with one another. One fewer tense remarks and one more smiling face can turn a problem around and help a team get back on track. Again, it’s my ninja rules. Exist only when you need to, and when you do exist, do it as pleasantly as possible 🙂
- Life is good. Life with a teammate is extra good!
- I don’t shout Marty out often enough, but he has been a huge force of helping throughout this entire year. Forcing me to do my PT, visiting during tech even though he’s already sat through the show umpteen times, bagging me awesome lunches for work, coming up to Boston or down to New York to see me. As I like to joke, I have the “best housewife ever” when it’s his turn (we try to split the duties 50-50).
Anyway, that’s all for now. Winter is off to a great start: I’ve been working as an on-call technician at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut, getting to load in and out some of the biggest concerts that come through the state and adding to my “local crew” tshirt and badge collection 🙂 In addition, I’ve continued working at the ART in Boston, both as a mixer for “The Donkey Show” and a technician for other events both here at Club Oberon and at the Loeb Drama Center, which is their mainstage. Now back to work!