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There are two ways to take this thread . . .

What to do after stage management?

How does one stay in stage management long term?

The answer to the first question is ANYTHING.  Depending on your personal interests, your time as a stage manager will develop huge amount of skills, that with the right spin, could be an asset to almost any field.  There are some things that are more a direct line - project management, production management, general management, theater admin, etc - but really the world is your oyster.

As far as staying in stage management - that's more complicated, and perhaps better suited for an post not 15 minutes before curtain - but it's about longevity, thinking long term, making personal sacrifices, being educated, selling yourself, running yourself like a small business.  But more on that later . . .

I have been stage managing for 27 years, and plan to do so until I retire.

Employment / Re: Production photos on Website
« on: Apr 15, 2015, 02:36 am »
Again, professional web sites for stage managers are few are far between . . . but I think web sites showing paperwork reeks of being a student - no one has ever asked me before hiring me for a job - let me see you daily call form.

Photos are nice for awhile, but I realized they were more for me then anyone else.  Again, I have a web site for a long time, and besides for students reaching out to me - it is usually just a place for someone to grab my resume.

Employment / Re: Production photos on Website
« on: Apr 14, 2015, 06:02 pm »
You have to be careful and make sure they are professional quality - the show should reflect the quality of productions you WANT to work on.

The tricky thing though is making sure you have rights for all the photos . . .

Self-Promotion / 39 Steps NYC
« on: Apr 13, 2015, 08:37 am »
So, 8 days ago I closed Hunchback of Notre Dame, the Menken/Schwartz musical at Paper Mill Playhouse, tonight is opening night for 39 Steps in NYC at Union Square Theatre - the show that brought me to NYC five years ago, is allowing me to remain in NYC for the time being.  Another SM has rehearsed it, teched it and opened it - and I get the show handed off to me on Wednesday.

A chair can cause an injury.

The act of theater itself is dangerous.

You can dull the blades and make the gun unfireable.  And then you have something that is relatively safer then the item you had before.

Employment / Re: ASM Needed for Off-Broadway Play
« on: Apr 07, 2015, 10:30 am »
so, ASM is not on an off-broadway contract . . .

Tools of the Trade / Re: Google Docs.
« on: Apr 06, 2015, 11:51 pm »
I think there are still downsides for having multiple people editing the same document.

But, that's a personal opinion.

Tools of the Trade / Re: Google Docs.
« on: Apr 06, 2015, 05:13 pm »
Yeah, but also think about the disadvantages of having the ability of multiple people editing the same document . . .

Introductions / Re: Excited to join the community!
« on: Apr 03, 2015, 11:50 pm »
Welcome to the network.

Employment / Re: Job was Re-posted
« on: Apr 03, 2015, 11:49 pm »
If you already applied . . . and they re-post, I can imagine the following possibilities . . .

1) The posted was already paid for, and automatically reposted.
2) They could not find anyone qualified in the first posting.
3) The found someone qualified, made an offer, and then that person passed on the job - or accepted and then back out.
4) The qualifications they posted for changed.

I don't think it can hurt to re-apply, unless you are pretty much "under-qualified" . . .

Employment / Re: Everyone's favorite topic: Networking
« on: Apr 01, 2015, 02:45 pm »
I agree with KMC - networking not looking for a job is cool; networking will looking for a job is a bit off-putting; networking searching for a job comes off as needy.

Employment / Re: Everyone's favorite topic: Networking
« on: Mar 31, 2015, 10:24 pm »
Networking has to line up with your own personal stage management.

I have some co-horts in the SM world that are VERY aggressive in their networking - it works for them, so who am I to judge.  It is a slight turn off to me - when I get a gig, and then they start trying to get on the team, or start circling me for cast off jobs. 

My personal style is to keep a tight circle of people I network with pretty regularly (it helps me keep up my networking skills, which are NOT my strength at all).  When I am looking for work, I tend to send the word out to that group, and then reach out to theaters / directors I know.   I have to say, I am very lucky and I don't have to rely too much on off-time networking to secure work - but more for networking I do while employed (remember, work begets more work). 

On the flip side, at my point in my career, I have a lot of earlier career stage managers reach out to me - and I will usually meet with them for coffee and chat.  Putting a face to a name and resume is critical.   A couple of these have landed interviews with me, and at least two have been hired for contract positions. 

In this business, people know that networking is important and it's part of this career - we are used to either having to do it, or be networked to . . .

There are ways to make the units safe.  Just because they once were real, does not make they can't be made stage worthy.

Employment / Re: "What Not To Post": Job Listing edition
« on: Mar 31, 2015, 07:27 am »
Some companies, especially those tied with colleges or government venues, must publicly post all jobs.

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