This topic is not made for venting, I am just announcing a epiphany I recently had. People have always told me, and I have always told myself to pick my battles as far as technical theatre or concert etc... There are always crew members that you will have problems with and there will always be people who think they know what they are doing and want to be in control. I recently started a new show at my high school, a Variety Show. Most of the lighting and sound techniques, ideas had never been tried before or never have succeeded. Jeff (The_Guest) was of big help during this show and had a part in majority of the planning of this show and it never would have went on without him; the rest is history. Anyway, we were running a bare bone crew and has minimal pre production time but still had high expectations. There were no immediate technical failures during the show, and the audience seemed not to be disappointed but when the show came to an end that night I felt extremely sick to my stomach and I had thought I had failed miserably. There are a long list of reasons that I could list for why the show was a failure and all of the things I had done wrong but the biggest was I didn't pick my battles. With such little time, and a small crew I learned far too late that I shouldn't be concerned with every small detail, and I should of delegated more jobs out to people. It far easier to go back later and touch up everything than try to do most of it yourself, and find yourself scrambling for time and not acomplishing much. I wasted alot of my time during sound checks dealing with inmature band members and picking fights that were pointless, and also assisting crew members with jobs that they really could have done with no help from me. Just pick your battles everybody, safe yourselves headaches.