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Tools of the Trade / Headset Comfort/Customization
« on: May 26, 2019, 10:50 am »
Hi all!

I just invested in my first headset, a CC-27, and while there are things I really like about it (lightness, ease of movement, no over the ear ache, much easier to hear what's happening on the deck, better with glasses), I still have a couple of small issues I'd like to try and sort out; namely the parts that hook over the ears are a bit tight, and I'd like to try and modify them in some way, and the band doesn't always want to stay tight against the back of my head.

Is there anything folks do to ensure their comfort while wearing their chosen headset/modifications they've made?

I was hoping to try and find a small rubber tube to slip up and over the end of the hook, but for the life of me can't find anything online. Any advice or thoughts are really appreciated!

This is such a helpful thread!! I'm starting to look for a headset myself, and would love to ask for some specifications, as well as some more recommendations, if anyone has some more favorite headsets.

Y'all. I have a new favorite headset. Yes, it's even better than my beloved PH-88.
drumroll please....
The Sennheiser Air Traffic Control Headset.

The The Sennheiser Air Traffic Control Headset looks awesome, but I was wondering, does it cover both ears, or is it a single ear headset? From the photo on the website linked it appears to be a dual ear headset, but I did a bit more looking and there's another one that only has a single ear headset (which is what I would prefer).

I was also wondering if this headset comes with a mute button, as I couldn't tell from the specifications.

If anyone else has a favorite headset that is one ear, with a mute button that is comfy and able to switch from ear to ear, I would love recommendations!

Finally, (and I don't know if these exist or are in common use) I was wondering if anyone has experience with wireless headsets, are you a single one, or at this point can you only buy an entire system? And if so are there any that come with an adaptor that always them to be used as a wired headset (in case you're using a system that only has wired headset capability).

I would really really love to have a wireless headset as I'm backstage a good deal, but I would also love the option to use an adaptor and plug it in to a theatre's system as well.

I would be surprised if such a thing existed (or if it was less than a million bucks) but if anyone has any experience with such a thing, please let me know!

(Also apologies if I used incorrect terminology, I don't have a lot of experience with the exact technical terms, so if I contradicted myself or mentioned something laughably impossible, please forgive me).

Students and Novice Stage Managers / Re: Shadowing: General Q&A
« on: Feb 24, 2017, 05:43 pm »
I'm hoping to shadow some shows on Broadway but I'm having trouble finding the PSM/SM's name's for show's I'm interested in shadowing, is it acceptable to simply address a letter to "The Stage Manager", or is there a reliable way to find out who is Stage Managing? I've looked at sites like Broadway League and Playbill and haven't had any luck.

Any advice would be appreciated!

Students and Novice Stage Managers / Contact Methods
« on: Feb 18, 2017, 01:50 pm »
So I have a bit of a quandary; I've been searching for a PSM's email in order to contact them about shadowing a show, but I've been unable to find it anywhere. However, I have found them on Facebook, as well on Linkedin (although my experience with that is severely limited). My initial reaction is that I would never ever contact someone via Facebook, but I feel like I'm exhausting all my other options. Any ideas? Is it completely verboten to contact someone via DM on Facebook, or if I explain that I looked high and low without success for another way to contact them could it be excused?

Also - could you email someone else on the production staff and ask them for the PSM's email? Or is that also frowned upon? (They have a website with an email address to contact them, which the PSM does not).

Thanks for the help!

Employment / Working a Touring Show
« on: Dec 09, 2016, 12:37 pm »
I hope this is the right place to post this, if not, let me know and I'll be sure to move it.

I was wondering if anyone has any advice on how to look for employment on a particular leg of a touring show, I live in the SF Bay Area and would love to PA for Hamilton and/or the rest of the season when it comes to the Bay, and I was wondering (in general as well) who to contact in the instance of wanting to work on a show that is touring to your city. Do you have to know someone involved, or is there a good rule of thumb on who to contact?

Thanks for the help!

Students and Novice Stage Managers / Communication Quandry
« on: Oct 14, 2016, 10:46 am »
I'm currently PA'ing for a show at a local theatre and having a bit of a challenge with communicating with the SM.

At the end of the day I clean up and then have to wait for her to write the report. Normally this wouldn't be a problem, while I haven't had an SM ask me to stay to check over their report before I certainly don't mind, but it takes her over an hour to write, during which time I am just sitting around with nothing to do. Also, while she is able to report the extra hours she is working, I am not, and the closer it gets to rush hour the longer I am forced to sit in traffic, which means I get home even later.

Part of me feels that I should suck it up and just deal with it, it is my job to help her with whatever she needs, but another part of me feels that this it is unreasonable to require me to stay up to an hour and a half after rehearsal ends just to spend five minutes glancing over a report that she should be able to write herself, especially since I'm not compensated for my time.

I guess my question is - how do I broach this topic? She generally seems pretty unaware (or does not care) that I am spending up to two hours of my time waiting for her to write the report, and when I tried to let her know (very gently) that I needed to get home a bit earlier if possible to take care of some errands she didn't respond. She's a very nice person in general, and I'm wary of burning any bridges or making her think that I'm not good at my job or that I want to get the heck out of dodge, because I am more than happy to stay and give her a hand if there is something that needs doing, it's just the waiting around that's driving me crazy. Any advice is appreciated!


Hi all,

I'm in need of some advice.

Long story short, I did a show which was in two parts, and left before the second part. When I signed my contract, it was with the understanding that I was only doing the first part of the show. I did the show, but it actually stopped midway through the first part of the run due to financial reasons. It turned out that it was continuing on to the second leg, but - as we knew from before, I was not continuing.

When I first discussed coming on to the show with my boss he told me he would pay me, let's say $1000 dollars for both parts of the run. Then I got another offer for a different job, which would begin half way through the run of my first show. I came to my boss and told him this, and he agreed to let me off the show after the first leg. When I signed me contract, we signed it with the knowledge I would only be there for the first part, however, I still signed a contract saying I was to be paid $1000, even though I was only doing half the show. I asked my boss about this, but he said we would figure the money out later.

So the run ends, and my boss asks me for an invoice, which I give him. He tells me that the amount is fine, but he'll pay me in two installments, several months from now. I email him and ask him to pay me sooner, and he acquiesces, but says he'll pay me $200 less than we originally agreed. I email him back, and ask when I'll be paid that other $200. Then he brings up my contract, and says since I only completed half the run I should be paid $500, to which I point out my contract, which he signed, saying I would be paid the full $1000.

I spoke to him on the phone this evening, pointing out that he agreed to the invoice amount, as well as my contract, which we signed after I took the other job, with that information accounted for.

He told me that I'm being immoral, and that I can't hold him to a contract and that he made a mistake when he approved the invoice. I attempted to explain that he signed the contract with the understanding that I was leaving the show early, and that he'd agreed to pay me the full amount, but he gave me an ultimatum, told me to take him to court if I was so sure I was right, said that I was awful at negotiating,  and that he would discredit me in the theatre community I'm apart of.

I told him that I was willing to negotiate, that I was willing to come down from the original contract amount, but above what he was trying to pay me, but he refused. Finally, I told him I would accept the amount that he was now offering me, which was far down from the contract i signed.

I'm still a bit too close to this to fully appreciate it, but I guess my question is, what could I have done differently? Did I do something wrong? Does this happen often?

I'm a bit afraid of what he'll do in terms of smearing my reputation in my community, is that a valid fear? Has this happened to anyone else? Basically, any advice anyone could give me, critical or not, would be appreciated, as I'm eager to learn from this super crappy experience in any way I can.

Introductions / Re: Another New Kid on the Block
« on: Oct 28, 2015, 09:33 pm »
Thank you guys so much for the welcome! I really appreciate it!

Students and Novice Stage Managers / Where to Start...?
« on: Oct 27, 2015, 11:41 pm »
I'm currently a senior in college majoring in Theatre with a concentration in stage management. I'm originally from the West Coast (San Francisco Bay Area) but attend school on the East Coast.

As I'm approaching the end of my school career I'm starting to get nervous about where to go next, and more importantly, how to get there. Do any SM's have any advice about how they first got their start in the business? Did you do internships? Send your resume around? How did you decide where to live? Did you pick a spot and go, or find work you were interested in and follow that? Or something totally different?

One thing I'm a bit nervous about - after talking to friends who have graduated recently - is getting out of school and losing momentum. Going home because I have nowhere else to go and missing my chance at a career in stage management. I'm not sure if that's completely unfounded, or if it just takes time to get on your feet, but any advice, reassurance, or an instant formula for happiness would be wonderful, and very much appreciated.

Introductions / Another New Kid on the Block
« on: Oct 27, 2015, 11:35 pm »
Hi all,

My name is Rena, Senior SM in college here, about to graduate and currently freaking out about entering the real world, where to live, how to find work, the usual. Really looking forward to getting some advice and chatting with fellow SM's, (and non SM's too!)

Looking forward to getting to know this community!

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