Backup Plans and Working in the Arts

Backup Plans and Working in the Arts

In college, my parents were horrified when I said I wanted to major in theater. I was actually forbidden from doing it, so I just quietly double majored while they didn’t pay any attention to where their money was going. Mentally, I think I was prepared for a Plan B from the get-go. I’ve maintained…

#Tourlife: Money Fails

#Tourlife: Money Fails

A few years ago, I wrote about the financial dangers of touring. It’s really easy to turn into a spend thrift without paying attention when your life is just wandering from place to place. Lately, I’ve come to face to face with another money peril on tour. Getting sick. When you get sick at home,…

What to Pack to Live on a Cruise Ship

What to Pack to Live on a Cruise Ship

So you just landed a job on a cruise ship and now you need to know what to bring with you, right? If this is your first time away from home for months at a time, trying to figure out how to pack is incredibly daunting. For my first contract, they told me they would…

5 Easy and Awesome Opening Night Gifts Under $5

5 Easy and Awesome Opening Night Gifts Under $5

I love the tradition of opening night gifts for the cast. I think it rewards them for the hard work they’ve put in up to that point. I always try to include a personalized card with something I’ve appreciated about their personality through the rehearsal process, but I really like to include a little something…

What Skills Do You Need to Be a Stage Manager?

What Skills Do You Need to Be a Stage Manager?

So you think you might want to be a stage manager? Let me warn you now, almost everyone who works in the arts thinks they can be a stage manager and the vast majority can’t. Just because you are an organized human being doesn’t mean you have the skillset to be an excellent stage manager.…

Do What You Say You're Going to Do

Do What You Say You’re Going to Do

If I could give every aspiring young stage manager one career tip, it would be: do what you say you’re going to do. And honestly, I’d give anyone aspiring to do anything that tip. I really wish I could remember the first person who told me that, because it definitely lodged itself in my mind…