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Introductions / Re: New here!
« on: May 13, 2014, 12:31 am »
When I started college I was an English/Psych double-major, which, somehow in the course of a year, got turned into a theatre major. I'd never stage managed before and now I'm getting paid to do it (not, y'know A LOT but still). The start of a new company sounds exciting. Best of luck (er, break...cue lights?)!

The Green Room / Re: useful websites for life
« on: May 06, 2014, 02:00 pm » can pare down your inbox a lot, and is amazing, and helps me budget like nothing else.

Matthew- I think we talked about this when I saw you a few weeks ago. I've been trying to avoid getting pigeon-holed in PAland/Off-off-broadway, so I've been applying for a lot of fellowships and things in regional theaters. I'm Venue Directing Fringe again this summer (whee!) but after that, I hope I'm able to get outside of my small NYC bubble and have some new experiences.

The Green Room / Re: ARTICLE: 5 Reasons To Keep A Work Diary
« on: May 06, 2014, 01:35 pm »
Interesting take! I've been an on and off journaler since I was kid (those of you who are laughing and saying I am a kid...I mean 6). I was recently on an off period, and started using Evernote, because of how much quicker I am at typing nowadays. I've found I use the mobile app for writing down little snippets like the 30 second habit. I haven't been using it for work related things, but now I'm wondering if I should start.

Tools of the Trade / Re: Useful iPhone apps?
« on: Apr 28, 2014, 11:20 pm »
I swear someone mentioned this, but I can't find it via search, so maybe I'm thinking of somewhere else, but I've been using this application called Trello a lot. The iPhone app is okay for reference, but I use their web-app more. It's kind of like a to-do list, but more project based. You make board with sub-lists/topics. It's come in really handy as I am applying for jobs post-grad- I have a jobs board and lists within the board for "research" "draft [write cover letter, collect reference letters, etc]," "future [apply to this when it opens up]," "done," and then I can color label for different things ("interviewed 4/23" "resume on file"), add links to applications, add comments about an interview, etc. Obviously, I love it.

Other go-tos:
Google Drive and Dropbox- I use Drive for more personal things that I like to keep handy, and Dropbox usually for things I need to share with casts, mainly because I have more storage on Dropbox.
HopStop- has great maps/directions not only for NYC but a ton of public transit systems
Yelp- "crap, where is a hardware store?"
I keep hearing that Wundernote is all that and a bag of chips, but I still think paper and pen is the only way to actually get the things on my to-do list done.

Also, I don't think other Fringe Fests use this, but if you are ever a VD or ACR at FringeNYC, Salesforce Chatter has an app that helped me lose, regain and lose my sanity again, especially leading up to tech.

Introductions / Re: Long-time lurker, first time poster
« on: Apr 01, 2014, 03:05 pm »
Thanks Maribeth and Matthew! I logged on today and saw that I missed the details of the meet-up-- and I could have actually made it. Drats. Oh well, maybe next time.
I already see a couple of familiar faces while poking around, so I'm sure we will run into each other some time.

Students and Novice Stage Managers / Learning how to read music
« on: Mar 25, 2014, 03:16 am »
I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on how to learn how to read music- classes, self-taught programs, etc. Not how to call off of it, but literally just understand what sheet music means because I am clueless right now (I know some people say if you know how to count to 8 you're good- but count to 8 off of what? Beats? Is what I think is a beat really a beat? That kind of clueless). My college didn't have a music dept so I didn't have an opportunity to take any music theory classes, and I wanted to see if anyone had any suggestions. I'd love to learn because it seems extremely useful.
(I did use the search bar and found a thread slightly similar but it was more geared toward someone instructing students, so I didn't really understand the suggestions).

Self-Promotion / Re: Back to the cartoons . . .
« on: Mar 24, 2014, 11:54 pm »
Another congratulations! Hunchback was one of my favorite movies as a kid, so I'm extremely interested to see how it pans out theatrically (especially the ending scene).

Introductions / Long-time lurker, first time poster
« on: Mar 24, 2014, 11:32 pm »
I was researching some career things, and thought I would finally register and start posting.
Short version- Born in NY, raised in FL, back to NY for college. Just graduated in January so I am trying to find my way in the crazy world of NYC SMing. Besides school shows, I've SMed and ASMed off-off-broadway, was a venue director at FringeNYC and have freelanced doing set installs/strikes and event work. I'm currently applying for 4673461743647 PA jobs/internships all over the country. Even though I am not in AEA yet, I work part-time as an audition monitor for them.

My tips? I can't say I have many that ya'll wouldn't already know about, but my favorite is to have some office supplies you adore. I always get weird little Halloween notepads for my to-do lists and other things just to make me smile during rehearsal. When a cartoon ghost is telling you you're BOO-TIFUL it's hard to get worked up.

My favorite story is not really a story but a feeling, if that makes sense. If any of you haven't done a Fringe before, the venue director is essentially the production manager/semi-SM of a specific venue (NYC's festival uses around 16-18 venues every festival). I had 14 separate productions (the most of any venue) with 5 shows each on rotating schedules, and it was my first time working at Fringe in any capacity. Despite one show that was a near-disaster, and almost living at the theater, the support from the cast, crews and producers of every show made me feel so incredibly loved. The amount of food I was brought (and one time, a bottle of wine) was amazing, let alone how many times people offered to get me everything from cupcakes to cold medicine when I was a bit sniffly. I got subsequent work and great friends.

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