Besides getting into technology, I also do technical stage/theatre work for multiple places. I started off when I got a student job at Texas Tech as a Theatre Tech while I attended school. It was a sweet gig, met some great people, saw great show and events and had experienced some memorable things but from what I hear from the old bosses now, Obamacare really screwed the student workers as far as hours that can be worked. From there, one of the guys I worked with who also did some work for the City of Lubbock put in a good word for me with a production company in town and with the City. So, my first day with the production company was pretty memorable because we got rained on while loading out and one of the guys I knew (who I don’t doubt is drinking right now) took about 25 Coors cans and didn’t bother to ask if the rest of us assholes wanted any.
The production company is located right by my house, so that was pretty nice. It was nice at first. Asking me if I could come in when I can to help out at the shop, loading in and out trucks and going on site to break down stuff. Hell, even the Raider Gate events were cool because small bands would come and we would have to build a stage complete with a truss and tarp roof, bands come in and play, they leave and we break down everything. Most of the time, I would help out on Saturday nights at a western club called Wild West. Those weren’t bad at first. Hell, there were women in boots and free beer (if the band left any). But after a while, me and the other guys felt were weren’t appreciated (and by that I mean pay). The last time I worked for the company I went out of town to Big Springs, TX and and a even smaller town Quitaque. I was the light tech for both instead of working as a stagehand, so that was a nice change. However, the audio guy that I traveled with to the events and I did all the work. If the management has even a shred of competency, numerous stagehands will be available on site when we come to the stage to set up and get to rocking. Both shows only two guys did the work and we were close to missing deadlines to start on time. The last I worked was in November and I haven’t had a call from them about work again. I see the shop manager a every now and then when the company does audio for the City but that’s it and that is slowly changing to another company. The thing is with the company is that management was terrible and essentially isolated all of the employees because of fuck ups. So, with the exception of the shop manager, everybody that I worked with and know at the company have left. I’m glad they don’t give me calls anymore.
I also work for the City of Lubbock. Now these people treat everyone that works for them fairly and with respect. Well, at least in the theatre department I work in. I started off as a stagehand around October 2012 and did load ins and outs for Broadway productions. Eventually, I was dependable and had the work ethic to do light board operation, spotlight op, one time as down rigger and numerous deck calls. These are where the money is at and I like the work. The shows themselves can either be boring or exciting as hell. The job is just a short drive away, so I like that.
Another place I work for is a technical theatre union named IATSE . Technically, the one I work for is Local 865 and that covers the Lubbock/Midland/Odessa area but the Lubbock area is covered by the City of Lubbock hands and I rarely see the Midland guys I know go to Lubbock for work. I’m not a member but they always do need good help because Midland labor is taken by the oil fields (although the recent slump in oil prices resulted in a lot of layoffs).
I’ll continue more at a later date and with a few pictures I took over the years.