The Production Assistant Diaries: THE Recap

Silence is non-existent in my world. The humming of forklifts, drumming of cases wheeling off trucks or music resonating throughout the stadium, means rhythm is constant.

Processed with VSCO with f2 presetThree months ago I would have told you I was in a limbo. Exhausted from school but desperate to figure out plans that were five steps ahead, I was left in a funk, completely unsure about nearly every aspect of my future and well-being.

91 days of being completely selfish and doing only what was best for me, later, I could not have asked for a better outcome. Penciling in answers instead of using ink, establishing a tentative map for future goals and making decisions based on my own happiness made my summer with Live Nation everything I hoped for and what I never anticipated.

8 takeaways from this summer…

1. Trying to be ahead of the game doesn’t always do the trick. I learned the most when I was sitting in on conversations, listening, observing and watching. I was surrounded by a Processed with VSCO with c1 presetcompletely new crowd of people, one where I didn’t have my usual network to turn to. Learning behavioral patterns of people, adjusting to environments, observing my boss handle and resolve small fires, that is where I learned the most. 

2. There is a difference between saying ‘it is what it is’ and living it. Hearing and reciting the phrase is one thing, living it is another. Choosing to accept some circumstances are completely out of my control sometimes means accepting that. Like that time the bus I hired to transport the staff for Coldplay breaking down and arriving two hours late, good times, good times.

“Goddamnit,” Anyone in production just about always.

3. Veterans are veterans for a reason. They did the work to get to where they were, whether a tour director, stage manager or production manager. Embrace the role of the rookie, and don’t be afraid to strike out. Ask the veterans questions, annoy the crap out of them until they tell you to quiet down, be a reminder that you are the next Processed with VSCO with b1 presetgeneration and are there to learn from them. They remember what it was like.

“Don’t be discouraged and think you aren’t capable, you are. You simply have not learned the job yet,” Frank, our good ole’ accountant

4. Divas will be around. We work to make the artists happy, if there is something they want, they are used to getting it. There is nothing wrong with that, it is their show after all and we are employed partially thanks to them and their talents.

“Sometimes, you have to leapfrog in this business,” Dave Marsden

5. Don’t be quick to judge. I have met some of the smartest and most worldly people over a short period of time. No matter where they came from, what instrument they played or job they honed, I have become fascinated with hearing anyone and everyone’s story. That is the beauty of this world, no one’s story is identical.

“You haven’t failed enough to grow yet,” Ed, BPFS

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6. Remind yourself what it’s like to be a part of a crowd. My favorite part of a show day is during the middle of a show. Centering myself in the middle of the floor, I watch. Watch the show, watch the fireworks, watch the people. Mostly the people. To them, the show is magic. To me, the magic is watching their faces.

7. Be humble. Celebrate the fact you are at the bottom of the ladder, because, to most outsiders, you are already at the top.

8. Being nice may not solve the problem, but it will make the problem easier to solve. 

Earlier this morning, before load-in for Barbra Streisand went into full swing, I sat in one of the empty club seats, looking into an almost naked and practically silent Boston TD IMG_8058 (1)Garden. The slightest inclination there was a concert in less than 12 hours was the carpenters measuring the length and width for the stage.

Magic doesn’t happen when we sit around and wait. I watch it unfold after countless hours being onsite, fostering relationships with co-workers and being an audience member to the professionals I’m surrounded by. Magic unveils itself at the end of the night when I look into the audience knowing I gained something valuable that day; experience.

AND last but CERTAINLY not least, my final note from this summer…

It’s true, a summer fully immersed in shows, production days and meeting different personalities will 100%, without a doubt, add more edge to your style.

I now own ripped black skinny jeans. Talk about 180-degree turn.

The Final List

  1. The 1975, Tsongas Arena, May 18th, 2016
  2. Adam Sandler, Agganis Arena, May 26th, 2016
  3. Selena Gomez, TD Garden, May 28th, 2016
  4. Beyoncé, Gillette Stadium, June 3rd, 2016
  5. Ellie Goulding, TD Garden, June 15th, 2016
  6. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, June 17th, 2016
  7. Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular, Hatch Memorial Shell July 3rd & 4th, 2016
  8. Luke Bryan, Gillette Stadium, July 15th & 16th, 2016
  9. Guns and Roses, Gillette Stadium, July 19th & 20th, 2016
  10. Coldplay, Gillette Stadium, July 30th, 2016
  11. Drake, TD Garden, August 10th, 2016
  12. Pitbull, TD Garden, August 12th, 2016
  13. Barbara Streisand, TD Garden, August 16th, 2016