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Do you know someone in L.A. who can help?

Discussion in 'General Advice' started by gafftaper, Jun 16, 2018.

  1. gafftaper

    gafftaper Senior Team Senior Team Fight Leukemia

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    Hi everyone

    Two years ago I took a group of 10 high school tech students on the greatest field trip ever to the Los Angeles area. I'm now setting up another one for Spring 2019. I have a really exclusive tour arranged that I can't really talk about publicly, and some other cool stops I hope to repeat from last time. However there are two things I would love to try to set up that I wasn't able to arrange last time.

    1) I would love to get a tour of a large performance space where big concert tours, Broadway shows, or awards ceremonies happen.

    2) I would love to get a tour of any sort of TV or Movie studio/set.

    My experience has always been that technicians love to share their world with students, you just have to get through the gate keeper to contact the right person. So I'm looking for help making contact with that person.

    Do you know someone?
     
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    My alma mater arranges such a tour every year for the TV students (or at least they used to). They have contacts with former students who work in the industry out there (some of whom actually went through this tour program) which gets them into different places each year. Do you have some past students working in industry? Maybe a local college does and you can get them to help you out?
     
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    The Los Angeles Music Center used to do ad hoc tech tours of whatever theatre wasn't in use at the moment; as a high school student I just called the switchboard and ask for the "technical department". The LAMC TD gave me a 30 minute tour of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (then home to LA Civic Light Opera and several awards shows) and answered a bunch of questions for me.

    I doubt it's that simple, 45 years later....
     
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  4. gafftaper

    gafftaper Senior Team Senior Team Fight Leukemia

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    Thanks Tim. Just getting the number of the switchboard or the name of the head tech person is the hardest part.
     
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  6. gafftaper

    gafftaper Senior Team Senior Team Fight Leukemia

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    Thanks Chris, it turns out the IATSE business rep here in Seattle moved up from L.A. a couple years ago and has lots of connections down there. She says when we get a little closer she will call some friends and see what she can work out. Also some people here have been helping with connections privately.
     
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