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Last Minute Deal [Dec. 12th, 2007|02:21 am]
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Hey guys, I just got word that there will be free shipping for all industry-related T-shirts for 3 days only, just in time for the holidays! Here's the link if anyone is interested:

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Stagehand Newsletter coming out! [Feb. 21st, 2007|04:58 pm]
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The next Stagehand Tees Newsletter will be sent out in the next few days, so make sure you sign up for it at www.stagehandtees.com/newsletter.html. It may take a day or two to process your request, so do it soon in order to get the next newsletter!

This issue will include the latest T-Shirt winner, some of the industry's latest breaking news, and an article about What You Should Know On Your First Gig including valuable tips on jobsite etiquette and tricks of the trade!

Repost this bulletin and pass this along so all your industry buddies can take advantage of it!
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(no subject) [Jan. 21st, 2007|06:47 pm]
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opinions on StrawHat, especially for staff/tech/design?

i'll be graduating with a focus in directing, but i have a lot of staff/tech experience (mainly lighting, makeup/special effects, and general box office).
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Free Shipping on Techie T-Shirts! [Jan. 7th, 2007|05:22 pm]
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Hi there!  You may have already heard of my website http://www.stagehandtees.com but I had to tell ya'll the latest news.  For the entire month of January, Stagehand Tees is offering free shipping on ANYTHING in the Shop!  That includes Custom Designs!  Plus, we just started a new program.  If you send us your email confirmation receipt of purchase, you will be able to VOTE on upcoming Custom Designs to be added to our Shop.

Stagehand Tees offers apparel expressly for the entertainment industry.  Most of our shirts are industry-related, but we have several that are just fun and not strictly entertainment-themed.  You can join the email Newsletter to be notified of new products and other interesting news at http://www.stagehandtees.com/newsletter.html.  Plus there is a list of resources just for the business, like job-search websites and cool shopping sites for those hard to find inudstry gadgets and tools.

So please come by http://www.stagehandtees.com and take advantage of our Free Shipping this month!

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Backstage pictures [Dec. 15th, 2006|01:00 am]
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I have lots of pictures from backstage on my website at http://www.theinnbetween.net/imagery.html#gigs

Alan  Jackson concert

Hulk Hogan backstage at the Kiss/Aerosmith concert

Me programming the lighting for Of Mice And Men

Cirque du Soleil "Allegria" - I did lighting and rigging and snapped this image on the dress rehearsal, for which the entire crew got comp tix.

Catching a flyrail with too much weight on it.

Me focusing lights for the B. B. King concert

Truss injury.  I was trying to break a truss bolt on a set of square-pipe truss.  I stood on the wrench to add more leverage and slipped off, banging my shin on the edgeof the square pipe.  The bolt was stuck, we had to saws-all it off.  I have a scar now.  Fortunately, thanks to my safe working practices, this is the worst injury I have had.  Not the worst injury I have seen!

Here is just a small sampling of the kinds of pictures and stories I have on my website.

All images are copyrighted by me and are not public domain.  Please request permission before saving, copying, or reposting any images.  I am also a photographer and make a living selling my photos.

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(no subject) [Dec. 15th, 2006|12:58 am]
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I am a camera operator, lighting and video tech, rigger, forklift operator, spotlight operator, lighting board operator, and all-around stagehand.  I've been in the business for 17 years.  I started in theatre lighting and eventually moved to television and video production.  I've basically held every single position in a live and a recorded production at least once, including Head Flymaster, Audio Engineer, TD, Wardrobe Mistress ... you name it, I've done it.  I recently created http://www.stagehandtees.com a website for stagehands, roadies, and entertainment technicians everywhere to find t-shirts and other apparel especially for us, with our unique business and our unique sense of humor.  The website is going over incredibly well, it's becoming more and more popular and I'm having roadies come through town and asking about my shirts!  I have a Newsletter mailing list that anyone can join and keep up with all the new shirts I add, along with articles about industry news and latest technology.

I have a personal website too, at http://www.theinnbetween.net and in the About Me section, I have a bit of a rant about being a female in the business.  Come check out both of my websites!

I love this business and I wouldn't do anything else.

Thank you.

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(no subject) [May. 29th, 2006|10:55 am]
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Hi. First let me say that if this isn't allowed here, I'm sorry. But since you're all interested in acting, I thought you might like to know that DW Moffett (star of "Thirteen", "Traffic" and the WB series, "For Your Love") has just gotten an LJ. DW is interested in learning more about blogging and the Internet in general, and I've told him that this is a good place to do that. He's dw_moffett and he's there to answer questions or chat or anything. He's also got a new series that will be on the new CW network this fall called "Hidden Palms". It's a Kevin Williamson project (the guy who created Dawson's Creek).

Also, the director of DW's most recent movie, jeff_phelps is new on LJ too. He's acted in several movies and the project he worked on with DW, Special Ed is on Blockbuster shelves now. He can tell you a lot about acting, directing and writing.

So feel free to stop by either of these guys LJs and say hi, friend them and ask them all about the business if you like.

I'm x-posting this a lot, so I apologize if your flist ends up with a lot of this news, but I'm trying to spread the word and give them both a nice LJ welcome.
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(no subject) [Mar. 25th, 2006|09:25 pm]
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I'm interested in working on a cruise ship and I would love to hear what you think of it!
I'm a theatre tech graduating in may and I think it might be kind of fun.
I have plenty of experience mainly in the lighting arena.
Also, I'd like to know about piercing, tattoo and crazy hair policies.
(clearly disney cruise line is out)

Thanks everyone!
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White padded cell here I come! [Jul. 13th, 2005|09:42 pm]
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[Current Mood |draineddrained]

I haven't posted in about a year, but to day was one hellish day and it needs to be shared for my own sanity. Sorry for the length and thanks for letting me vent.

I am stage managing Bye, Bye Birdie in a community theatre we are half way through the run off the show. Today was the Children’s Camp Matinee. Which is a pain in itself; many, many small to medium sized children screaming during every black out, cat calling at every romantic moment; basically being loud and obnoxious. My actor’s are moaning about having to be up and in the theatre at 8:30am for a 10:00am show (most decide to show up at 9:30 and one not at all).One actress and a tech are throwing up but are still there. We were missing 4 of the 6 member band because they didn’t know about today’s performance (same with the tech crew 4 out of 12) we had replacements for the tech crew. The band on the other hand, well we have an amazing musical director with a synthesizer.
During pre-show light check the light board op informs me that the 2nd elec. is out along with the top of house booms. The opening of the house was held for almost half an hour while we try to problem shoot. I would now like to remind you of the audience many, many small to medium sized children. Nothing we try works, the LD is in another city, but we get a hold of him. We have already done most of what he suggests. Finally, I had almost been driven to near mental collapse (with the actor’s, techs, musicians, children, light’s and a house manager who has her nose in everyone business but her own) and make the executive decision that we were going to run in ten minuets. This resulted in turning on the work lights for the 2nd and running with what lights we had on the other elec’s. The light’s weren’t that bad, the few black outs we have weren’t, and a special for “Talk to Me” was a flashlight pointed at Albert’s face from offstage (held by our set designer aka Mr. McAfee).
The show was actually turning out ok, until the 16 or so teens in the cast decided the audience didn’t like the show or the actors and so they decided they didn’t want to do part of the closing number. They thought the audience didn’t like them because they didn’t laugh; these are kids 7 to 13 who are watching a show with comedic references from the 50’s; of course they didn’t laugh, they didn’t understand. I had to threaten them into performing and I am still furious about it.
After the show my light board op and I spent an hour and a half on the 2nd elec. With the help of our LD by cell we discovered that the brain to one of the dimmer packs is dead and might be replaceable in three day’s (the last show).
On the bright side I get a free Starbucks from a late cast member. I know that it could have been worse as in someone could have been hurt or worse. And I know that I most likely did something that is causing someone else grip today. Most of the time I love the cast and crew, except for a select few.
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THEATRICAL LOGIC [May. 11th, 2005|04:55 pm]
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These little sayings are posted in my TD's office. I thought I'd share :)


In is down, down is front,
Out is up, up is back,
off is out, on is in,
and of course-
right is left, and left is right.

A drop shouldn't and a
block and fall does neither.
A prop doesn't, and
a cove has no water.
Tripping is o.k.
A running crew rarely gets anywhere.
A purchase line will buy you nothing.
A trap will not catch anything.
A gridiron has nothing to do with football.
Strike is work
(in fact a lot of work).
And a green room, thank God, usually isn't.
Now that you are fully versed in
theatrical terms - break a leg...
but not really!

x-posted: stagecraft techies theatre_geeks theatre_stories theatre_techies theatrepeople
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