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Crewing Will you hire the crew personally or be contracting a lighting company for personnel and equipment? How many technicians will be traveling on the lighting crew? How much time is available for setup? How many local stagehands will there be to help out? If required, are riggers to be provided by the promoter or are you taking a head rigger or a full rigging crew with you on tour? Good, efficient crewing is vital. m. Remember that time is the unrelenting demon of touring. A touring lighting crew of two technicians is average, one for dimming and one for truss supervision; three or four can be found on large shows, with a moving luminaire technician specialist as part of the crew to keep them operational.

Your problems are not over just because you’ve written the rider. Chances are that you will get the rider back with changes, deletions, and notations. At that time, check with the booking agency and the artist’s management to make sure they are aware of any such changes or deletions. Often, a booking agent receives a modified rider, signs it, and sends it back to the promoter and then never tells the road crew. Producing your best effort if the stage is 5 feet too narrow for the ground-supported truss or if there is only one follow spot instead of the four you had planned in the design takes a lot of physical as well as mental adjustment.

At first, you’ll haul cable around the shop and fix connectors and, dare I say it, sweep up. Oh, don’t be such a baby; Yale and Harvard lawyers start out at big New York law firms in the mail room. But, most of these companies do small local shows, and this is where you’ll get your first chance to design. Take it. It may be a fashion show or a college dance, but it is experience in the professional world, so don’t knock it. The other big advantage is that your management and sales responsibilities are eliminated (two things we will discuss in more detail in this chapter), and this is a big relief for a new designer.

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