The Production Assistant Diaries: On The Road

My summer with Live Nation is comparable to an iced caramel coffee from Dunkin Donuts, a whirlwind of sweetness, and a little bit watered down.

Here is the sweet part, I have been fortunate enough to work alongside one of Live Nation’s production managers assisting him in settling the tours we work on. What this means is, I work on organizing, collecting and making sure all invoices for a tour are accounted for. A lot of my work is routine, but it is so interesting!

I have typically been on the talent relations side of concerts, so this is a whole new world for me.

While working on shows is a blessing, especially at a young age, it can get tiring. Here comes the ‘watered down’ metaphor.

Over the course of the summer, I will have spent 5 weeks living in a hotel and worked 468 hours, all adding up to a grand total of 15 shows.

This is all immensely gratifying, but the hotel part can become far too lonely, especially when I no friends and family around to keep me company.

To conquer the loneliness and make my iced coffee as sweet as possible, I’ve come up with a few solutions.

  1. Eliminate the distractions and focus on something more. I recently decided to shut off all social media until this stretch of being away from home was over. No Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat or Twitter.
  2. Read a book… or two… or three. I’m currently reading Amy Poehler’s ‘Yes Please’, and it is comic relief sent from the heavens.
  3. Go for a run. At the beginning of the summer, I started running in hopes of proving myself wrong. And I did!  Looking back, I have no idea why I told myself I couldn’t do it. I can, and am in love with the way I feel after a run.
  4. Write. Whether I’m writing in my journal, one of my side projects or working on the blog, I am almost always writing. Even if no one will read it, the experiences I am living are unique. I am fortunate to be working in the field I am, so why shouldn’t I be documenting it?
  5. Eat out, not in. One of my favorite things to do is take myself out to dinner. Investing in a quality meal is never worthless.

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