C’mon Becca, let’s have all the news!
(Because it’s been a while since I’ve done this.)
Anyway, as the first few lines would suggest, I’ve been hard at work all summer as a mic technician (or “A3”) on the new production of “Les Misérables” currently playing at Dallas Theater Center. I’ve been having a great time getting to know a new city, getting good at driving (who knew this New York girl had it in her!), and learning what it takes to do this whole Deck Sound/A2/Mic Tech thing. While I’ve worked on musicals before in various capacities, it’s my first time being “on the floor” as a member of the Sound department, and I think I’m starting to get the hang of it! The most important things I’ve learned, I think, are mostly reinforced lessons from past shows, but I’ll repeat them nonetheless, maybe just to ingrain them into my own head more!
1. Sometimes the most useful thing you can do is GET THE HELL OUT OF THE WAY.
2. (converse of 1) Only exist when you need to. Be a ninja.
3. Learn your people, ESPECIALLY if you’re new in a place where everyone already knows each other. Feel out your place, and don’t get discouraged if it takes a little while.
4. Tensions are going to be high enough without your help. So don’t help it! Get good at “microphone clinical” and people will do whatever they can to help you solve the problem at hand.
5. WARDROBE ARE YOUR BEST FRIENDS AND ALLIES. Respect them and their show needs as you try to solve yours.
Most of this is average “first professional gig” stuff, but I think the more I’ve been able to take it to heart, the more I’m on my way to becoming a really good A2, and eventually earning enough stripes to become an A1!
And, speaking of becoming a really good A2, I’m going to get a chance to do just that on my next gig! I’ll be heading back up north in September to be the first ever Audio Apprentice at Goodspeed Musicals, serving primarily as the A2 on their production of The Circus in Winter. I can’t wait to get started.
As far as portfolio fodder for this show goes, I wasn’t heavily involved in paperwork or load-in, but I’ll post a PDF of the index cards I made for my “track.” Click the Portfolio section if you’d like to see!
More news soon as I attempt to catch up on posting work from other projects 🙂