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I've been hired as a replacement PSM for a show (the original PSM can't stay for the extension).  I've never replaced before and I was wondering if anyone has any advice before I go in to learn to call the show.  (I've also subbed deck tracks before, but never learned to call a show from someone else.)

Edited to add topic tag- Maribeth

Employment / Re: Why didn't I get the job?
« on: Feb 26, 2015, 02:47 pm »
Thanks for clearing that up Matthew.  It was pretty scary to hear a successful SM confirm one of my big stressors (at least the way I read it).

Employment / Re: Why didn't I get the job?
« on: Feb 24, 2015, 01:50 pm »
Matthew, my only question is about you wanting to hire someone with experience on whatever particular contract you are working under.  How is a younger stage manager supposed to gain any experience under different contracts unless someone is willing to hire them for something that they haven't done yet?

(Which describes the wall that I feel like I am currently hitting in my career.)

Employment / Re: First Aid/Fire Guard
« on: Dec 03, 2014, 05:13 pm »
Sorry to resurrect an old thread, but my current show has an actor as a fire guard and all of a sudden the space is telling us that isn't allowed.  I'm having trouble finding any information on whether this is standard (it's a blackbox type space where there is no separation between the actors and the audience, if that makes a difference, there will also always be fewer than 75 people in the space, which is the number that I'm seeing for a space that needs a fireguard). Does anyone have any insight?

Employment / Re: Applying for AEA Positions W/O Being AEA
« on: May 25, 2014, 01:22 am »
I applied to quite a few of them and that's how I got my card last year.

And as a child wrangler, you did the right thing in the first situation. Your job is to care for the child and ensure they make all of their entrances, exits, and changes. Your job isn't to get them to the theatre (unless you have a separate arangement with the parents or producer). If there is a missing actor, that should be dealt with by the SM.

(By the way, I am a IATSE child wrangler as well as a AEA stage manager.)

The Green Room / Re: SMNetwork fundraising drive 2013
« on: Mar 10, 2013, 06:07 pm »
Donated! Thanks for everything you do Kay!

The parents of the children in the production will never be allowed past the stage door entrance (unless of course there is an emergency involving their child).

The children involved in the production will be perfect angels who never lie, talk back, dillie dallie, makes a mess, and who get along with any other child who is also involved in the production

The Green Room / Re: New Feature Beta Test starting Jan 14
« on: Jan 08, 2012, 10:44 pm »
Kay, what kind of time commitment are you looking for?  I definitely have some extra free time in late January and I qualify for a few other criteria but I don't want to sign on to anything that I can't fully commit to.

We're in tech now
It's where we figure it out
Your tantrum won't help.

The Green Room / Re: Future
« on: Jun 11, 2011, 01:18 am »
All of these are very good points, but I will say, at least while in law school, there can be theatre opportunities. 

Check out this article about Duke Law School's musical about Richard Nixon. The president of the law school directed and starred in it.

(Full Disclosure: the director/star is a friend and is the director who I SMed for the most in college.)

$500 is a lot, but if it could be offered, then yes, it would be great for an intern.

On the other hand, if it's a stipend of $500 total, then the obvious answer is $100-$200 a week, it's still something you could try to live on and for a 7 week run.

I wouldn't (and didn't when I was in school) want school credit for an internship.  I didn't want to have the hassle of trying to apply the credit and covering living/commuting expenses was way more important to me.  In my eyes, having the credit on a resume was my primary concern. 

I voted for the $500 option, since housing is not supplied, the intern would need to be able to feed and house him or herself. On the other hand depending on where you are located, an intern may be able to survive on $200 a week.  The credit is important, but being able to build up a resume without bankrupting yourself is even more important.

Tools of the Trade / Re: Running Shoes
« on: Sep 13, 2010, 07:34 am »
I'm a huge fan of the Saucony Jazz.  They have a black on black option.  It has a little red writing on the heel, but it's nothing that a sharpie can't fix.  Those are the only shoes I've ever been comfortable in for an entire week of 10 out of 12s.

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