After all that jetsetting through my twenties, I recently transitioned to a pretty normal job. Now I work as a Production Manager for an Off-Broadway theater. It’s sort of a step away from Stage Management, but uses a lot of the same skills. If, for some crazy reason, this was a path you were thinking of following here’s what 24 hours in my day looks like – a busier day (because the days I go in and work on my blog and update Facebook for 8 hours are not nearly as interesting… although it’s been known to happen once or twice).
8:30 AM – Wake up.
9:00 AM – Subway to midtown.
9:45 AM – Walk to the theater. Try to ignore the 3 Starbucks I pass in two and a half blocks.
10:00 AM – Boot up computer and check emails.
10:30 AM – Check in with the Wardrobe department. Make sure they have everything they need. Make sure the next few shows are fully staffed.
11:00 AM – Print large signs to glue onto set pieces using our plotter. Deliver them to the carpenters and/or props department.
11:30 AM – Work on paperwork for fire inspections for any upcoming shows using an open flame.
12:00 PM – Department Meeting
12:45 PM – Eat my lunch that I hopefully remembered to pack from home. If not, run across the street and indulge my latest food obsession – Chop’t.
1:00 PM – Rehearsal starts. Double check all the stagehands are here. Try to help keep conflicts between our house crew and the show’s crew to a minimum.
1:30 PM – Do assorted paperwork while rehearsal is happening.
3:00 PM – Check in with Wardrobe again.
3:30 PM – Check in with Props Shopper, make sure he’s aware of any updates from stage management about what props are needed.
4:00 PM – Wander around in the wings, double checking everything that needs to be happening is. Update the production report for the day.
4:30 PM – Attend a production meeting for a different upcoming performance.
5:00 PM – Sort through all the information just gathered at that meeting.
5:30 PM – Work on payroll.
6:00 PM – Freedom!!
6:30 PM – Gym
7:30 PM – Subway back out to the boondocks.
8:30 PM – Dinner. Engage in super important activities like watching The Big Bang Theory and Pretty Little Liar. Catch up on reading other blogs, work on my own.
12:00 AM – Bedtime
Gosh. How boring compared to before. :oP
It’s incredibly weird and awesome to me to work 8 hour days, 5 days a week. Sometimes that doesn’t work out like that when our schedule is super crazy, but most of the time it does. And I love that if I have to work 6 or 7 days a week, that time goes into a bank and when we’re slow I can just up and a take a week or two off without touching my vacation days.
All around, I guess there are some perks for trading adventure for stability… now I’m just waiting to see how long I can stand it before the wanderlust hits again.