The Technical PM

In my career I have had the opportunity to work in a variety of venues and situations. From being my own TD and construction crew to the lighting designer, and on occasion the stage manager to having a full union crew to handle all of the labor needs.

It is very common for a PM to find themselves in this variety of opportunities since we all need work and take the best opportunity at the time. That being said some of the most rewarding projects I have worked on were ones where I needed to produce my own tech either with a small group or occasionally alone.

This is not necessarily how you want your entire career to work though there are a number of people content to do just that. But the opportunity to work on that level is a unique and rewarding experience if approached in the right way.

This post is going to explore some of the things you need to know before you venture into waters where you are the one and only.

Setting up a show by yourself is no different than setting up a show for a team. The only difference is that only you do the execution. In that context, you need to understand one basic thing — everything takes more time when you are doing everything yourself.

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