Getting a degree MIGHT help... but the music world is a different animal. Most people that go into music work their way up, especially if you want to go into sound. Lighting you can make the "cross-over" fairly easy. Keep in mind that with any large concert there are only about 10-20 tech oriented people traveling with the show, the rest are hired local (the way you know they are local is because they get those cool little local crew shirts that they all hold dear and if you get any paint on them they get a bit ticked... not like i would have done that today or anything...). The first step is to go to school if you can and get a degree (if mommy and daddy will pay for it, TAKE IT). Next, either start working for a local shop or start working at a local club. Also, start working IA gigs. Through these venues you will begin to get to know people, and slowly you will work your way up to getting out on a tour. Then you start working your way up through the tour circuit. These jobs are 10% skill and 90% who you know and who likes you.are they that much different from theatre techs?
i just got back from Warped Tour and i had a blast...and im thinking about going more into the music part of tech and i am really curious as to how to do that...its something completly new for me...
any bit of advice would be more then helpful...
Shop gig, a company that has a large inventory of gear that supplies all equipment for a concert, such as... http://www.clearwing.com/, http://www.upstaging.com/, http://www.4wall.com/, http://sites.prg.com/web/flash/, just to name a few. Usually there are separate shops for audio and lighting, sometime there is not. As far as sound schools, do a search, there are dozens and dozens on threads on that. Odds are you will have to go to at least a large city that has a few large venues to find any type of audio shop.what do you mean by shop gigs? cus i live in such a small town that i dont even know if i have one...there hasnt been a concert near where i live in years
so what city would be the best to go to...and schools...what would be good for sound specilization?
Woa... the only shows that take a month or more to tech (load in should never take more then a few days enless there is some crazy amount of automation going on) are the large broadway shows. There are plenty of touring theatre shows out there that do one night stands nearly every night. There is a large differance in running a music show and a theatre show. Theatre can not be fudged, the producer wants the same show no matter what, a concert can be reactive. If an entire parbar on the US truss going out, its not a show stopper. Most large tours do have their tech time in a venue somewhere. There is a great video on pink floyds pulse tour that shows the entire rig set up in an old blimp hanger at an airforce base. Every show techs at some point.While a theatre show might get a few weeks, even a month for load in, concerts usually only get a day or two, even a few hours only. This includes setup of Trussing/rigging, hanging lights, cabling, programming, rehearsal, etc. Basically, concert tech is much more fast-paced than theatre, often because the bands are traveling and need to get from one state to the next in a very short amount of time. This requires talented technicians who know what they are doing because, as mentioned earlier, there may only be 10 or so dedicated traveling techs w/ the show. But it's worth it. I'm looking into it my self as one of my career choices.
There is a large differance in running a music show and a theatre show. Theatre can not be fudged, the producer wants the same show no matter what, a concert can be reactive. If an entire parbar on the US truss going out, its not a show stopper. Most large tours do have their tech time in a venue somewhere
Toronto is a good bet for lots of work. Right know there's not enough techs for all the work that's available. Most of us are doing 60-70 hour weeks for most of the summer, you take the work when you can get it because there's a severe dead season around here.So Misha, "Nanoose Bay" near Nanaimo huh? Yeah you don't have to many options there and Victoria isn't going to be much help either. Vancouver's got a lot going on in the film industry and is certainly going to have it's share of small to medium size sound places, but I doubt you are going to find a lot of big time opportunities there. If you headed down here to Seattle, where I'm at, or further south to into Oregon (where our buddy Van's at) you will find a lot of theater opportunities and some better sound opportunities but you still will find your options limited. As for staying in Canada, my guess is that Toronto is your best bet.
The flip side of that is that if you want to alter your dream a bit and focus on theater or TV/film your options are great without moving too far from home. It's hard to beat the number of theaters and opportunities for starting out here in the Pacific Northwest. And the opportunities for TV and Film are huge in this area... some would say better than California.
I did some touring where the artist played in 10K - 15K venues. The light crew was me and the programmer, and he didn't do a thing beyond mark the points. Sound crew was typically a FOH, a monitor, and a stage hand. Maybe 2. The bulk of the work was done by the locals.This requires talented technicians who know what they are doing because, as mentioned earlier, there may only be 10 or so dedicated traveling techs w/ the show. But it's worth it. I'm looking into it my self as one of my career choices.
Before the debate begins yet again, just do a search on full sail so we don't have to go through all of that yet again.As for schools, Full Sail in Orlando / Winter Park, FL has what you're looking for if you want to do concert gigs or go on tour. The degree is called Show Production and Touring, check it out it's pretty awesome. They cover all aspects of sound, lighting, and video. I be an alumnus in about a week so if you have any questions just pm.