It all comes down to this moment. The crowd is loudly talking amongst themselves, anxiously awaiting the arrival of the band. Going through the motions with the spot ops one more time I hear the call for houselights. They are ready. I make the call, “Houselights to zero, take em’ out.” Then it all goes dark. The crowd goes wild. Their hearts start racing, hands clapping, indiscernible cheering as the intro rolls. The countdown, 4, 3, 2, 1… At this point, we might as well be launching the space shuttle. Downbeat. Lift off.
One press of the Master “Go” button and we’re rolling, leading into a night that some may have saved all summer to come see. Never is it just that simple. If you have any experience while reading, you already know that any show takes months of work to design, redesign, build, rehearse, and re-build before it ever reaches an audience.
This is where I come in. Aside from the day-to-day LD responsibilities, most of my work starts at the conception of a tour when I sit down with the production manager and the artist to answer the hard questions: What’s it called? Is there a theme? Are there any ideas you had that you want me to work in? How many trucks are there? and the hardest question of all, Whats the budget?
Take a look around. If you like what you find, contact me. Lets make a show together.