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The company I'm with right now highly encourages us picking up water bottles for the cast so we can fulfill the access to water requirement of the contract. I did the same thing with that and made sure to get filtered ones for them. I've only come close to hearing a complaint once.

The Hardline / Re: Daylight savings & Rest Period
« on: Mar 04, 2016, 11:44 am »
I've run into a similar problem a few times while on tour when crossing time zones, particularly when crossing from central back into eastern. Essentially, I keep the time on one time zone, even if we actually cross to a new time during the day then switch times once the day has ended. It sounds like are basically doing the same thing so then the times would need to be adjusted to make sure that the rest period is really 12 hours.

Introductions / Re: Aren't you the one who did the thing...?
« on: Feb 23, 2016, 03:11 pm »
That is tricky. I've had that happen during a production of Mary Poppins, but luckily it was during fly check before the house even opened. Good thing it was so close to the end of the show though.

Stage Management: Plays & Musicals / Re: Report/Notes Language
« on: Dec 15, 2015, 11:50 pm »

Employment / Re: Is Stage Jobs Pro USA Useful?
« on: Nov 22, 2015, 10:56 pm »
Yes. That is actually another useful feature of the site.  Instead of mixing them together, the site separates listings by pay status. Internships/non paid positions are listed as 'Opportunities'. You can view these listings with a free membership. The paid positions are listed as 'Jobs' and in order to view these, you need to have a premium membership. (The only things you can see on a job listing with a free membership is the position, the location of the job, the dates of employment, and the closing date of the search).

Employment / Re: Is Stage Jobs Pro USA Useful?
« on: Nov 21, 2015, 11:50 am »
I subscribed to a premium membership not long ago and it seems to be helpful with regards to non union positions. It is like another version of OffstageJobs in that sense. Additionally, I saw hardly any overlap with the jobs posted on Offstage. And while it was tedious to re-enter my credits, the benefit of the emails for prospective matches was nice.

I will agree that it doesn't seem to have much benefit for union positions. Most union jobs are also posted on the Equity website, like loebtmc said.

Tools of the Trade / Re: Is Valuable or a Gimmick?
« on: Jul 14, 2015, 07:39 pm »
I have been using Office 365 for my Microsoft Office platform since getting my new computer recently. I don't use the online document access frequently but it is helpful if I want to access my paperwork on other devices.  Because of this, I can't speak to the ease of editing devices using this system but it is nice to have access to documents without having to remember to upload the update to Dropbox, as when I save the document in my computer files, it also saves to the website.

Introductions / Re: The "New Kid On The Block"
« on: Jun 24, 2015, 01:21 pm »
Welcome, Sam! It is awesome that you are learning all these technical skills so early.

I accidentally sent out the show report to the actors' email group, instead of their call report. I didn't notice this until the next day before the show when one of the Actors that had added some pauses into his dialogue mentioned to me he would try to "not get lost" in the scene as I had stated in the report.


I've done this a lot . . . but it's a good reminder to make sure what you put in a performance report or rehearsal report doesn't say anything you wouldn't or haven't set to the actor's face . . . since when we send out things to emails - who knows where it will end up . . .

Believe it or not, I've had a supervisor think that I included the actors on the distribution of the show notes, perhaps as a way to communicate notes (I normally just give notes in person). The scary thing is that they wanted me to include that a particular actor broke a backstage rule in there so that the actor would be shamed in a way that the entire company could see. That is definitely not what happened.

The Green Room / Re: Keeping Focus avoiding burn out
« on: Apr 25, 2015, 11:19 am »
I definitely agree with all of the above.  I recently also got involved in doing yoga. Though I don't always get the chance to take classes regularly, I've found that if I'm starting to get anxious or unfocused in rehearsal that a couple of deep breaths, like those from yoga, get me back to a good place very quickly when I can't leave the room or it's no where near time for a break. If I do have a moment in a break, I'll do a quick pose or two or listen to a quick song from my favorite station on iHeartRadio.

If someone is going to be late, I would prefer to receive a phone call as sometimes I don't hear/feel/receive text messages depending where I am or what I am doing. As for questions, I prefer to get them through email, as it is easier to keep a conversation going or include another party if necessary. Plus, you can also document the exchange in a way that is much more easy to access. That being said, I have contacted many people through text message if the conversation is not extremely urgent but needs a response in less than a few hours, does not require a long answer, or if I cannot stop what I am going long enough to make a phone call.

Students and Novice Stage Managers / Re: Contracts?
« on: Aug 27, 2013, 04:36 am »
I remember signing a few actor contracts when I did community theatre in high school. They were mainly created so that the parents and children knew what was expected.

In college, most of the actor, technical staff and run crew are completing their assignment either for as a practicum credit or as a component of a larger course. At auditions, the actors all complete and sign a course registration slip. The technical staff does the same thing some time at the beginning of the semester. Some of these courses had syllabi. The stage managers and designers instead had a particular handbook to follow. In essence, those were our contracts. (Those who did not need the academic credit tended to be seniors looking to gain resume credit.)

The Green Room / Re: SM Tumblr
« on: Apr 30, 2013, 03:32 pm »
A classmate shared this with me about a year ago. I still look at it to make myself laugh.

Edit: I also just realized that this is from a different site, but I think I've seen the same post somewhere on the page you mentioned.

Students and Novice Stage Managers / Re: Good Reads
« on: Apr 30, 2013, 03:29 pm »
I second the recommendation for the Conte & Langley book. One of my professors used it for my theatre management class. I still use it as resource when job hunting so I have an idea of what to expect with different types of companies. It also touches a bit on the management perspective of working with unions and contracts.

Homework Help / Re: Deadline 3.22.13: Stage Managers and Equity
« on: Mar 02, 2013, 03:18 pm »
Going along with the part about Equity's history with directors, perhaps you would like this:
While it deals mostly with history that you might have already seen, there is an entry in 1928 that is interesting.

I also have no idea of precisely when stage managers joined Equity (there was record of a group of stage managers pushing for set pay rates for everyone in 1940) perhaps the titles of these records could shed some light.

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