...and you gotta live with them. I thought of this topic cuz a lot of kids in a show the other day started asking me how I cope with certain stuff. So basically: Actors will give you trouble, very few don't Mics, cables, windscreens, and such, will break, you just gotta try to a) minimze how much and b) try to make sure it won't happen during a show. Most times, equipment is mandated by budget, not needs. Directors ussually don't know about sound but still think they do! Yes, people will ALWAYS ask you if you know what all those buttons do!!! What I mean with this short list (feel free and encouraged to expand, I just got home from work, my mind doesn't work very well right now) is an idea of how the sound industry (and most industries) work. Basically all of you guys have to remember that real life is real life. Budget is the key element in most shows, the world is capitalist remember? People WILL comment on your sound, ignore who you need to and pay attention to who you must (that includes the diector regretfully). Stuff WILL break, there is no perfect assembly in anything, mics will be beaten up, dropped etc. You just have to minimise the efects of this in the performance of a show. And yes, you are a "frontstage" (get it...you're not back-stage....well I told you my mind didn't work to well) so people WLL ask you what all those buttons do. Children may re-eq a channel strip.