How many times have you been in a place where you can’t get your design vision across? No matter how many times you have explained or how many times you have shown the pictures, it still doesn’t click. Designer- Sir, I would like to have that light hung there so that I can hit these objects down below. Electrician- We don’t have cable there, why do you want to put a fixture there? Designer- Hmm.. Let’s start from the beginning, I would like to put a light there to hit this. It’s on the lighting plot that I sent you 3 months ago and you approved it. … [Insert constructive bla bla bla here]
I understand teamwork is very important and I think it’s under-rated. “Support Crew” doesn’t get paid enough as far as I know in the USA! Sometimes designers tend to go on a tangent because they are feeling inspired when they are at the theatre. Fine, as long as you get your point across to the rest of the team. I have had so many experiences when I felt that I was left completely in the dark because of egos. I haven’t worked on major stages yet but it seems to me that if your team is not fully behind you, what’s the point? You can get screwed left and right. I have barely gotten my name around and i’m already tackled by some people. This is going to be tougher than I expected but you know what, bring it on, I can take it! I’ve heard in some theatres in Europe, there is a certain hierarchy and on the top of the food chain is the electrician. I wish there was this type of structure here in the States. It would make my life much easier.
And why oh why do people lie about work not done? It’s obvious! Everyone knows! Instead, be upfront, insist it won’t happen again, and make sure it doesn’t. Go all the way and then some to get the job done, finish it in beauty.
Its team WORK… Work Work Work…