I definitely have some thoughts and experiences I'll type up when I have a bit of time, but these mechanical engineering classes are keeping me busy.
I really don't mean to be argumentative, and apologize to all for dragging this thread off-topic, but don't most schools maintain a professor's email address for a period of time after retirement? I think I recall my lighting professor saying although he retired ten years ago, his university email address is valid for life. Title of "Professor Emeritus" may have something to do with that, though.Contacting Prof Huntington via his school email will probably fail, though.
Fully agree. Also, how to read contracts and do 1099 based taxes. People management is what makes or breaks people in this business.In hindsight, the one thing that was never offered in this program was "how to be a manager". Technical Directors manage people, so do Production Managers and Stage Managers. this school offered a 'concentration' in each of these fields but I don't recall one class about how to resolve conflicts, or how to handle it when the guy working for you is lazy and on his phone all day, but you don't have firing power. Or how to motivate a team. Or how to read people and get the best out of them.
I really don't mean to be argumentative, and apologize to all for dragging this thread off-topic, but don't most schools maintain a professor's email address for a period of time after retirement? I think I recall my lighting professor saying although he retired ten years ago, his university email address is valid for life. Title of "Professor Emeritus" may have something to do with that, though.
In any case, I have a fastmail.com account for John, and I suspect he'll be along shortly.
. All of the other lighting students were then the "grunt" workers and were often times talked down to as if we didn't sit through the same courses.
In my travels, I would say that many professors don't teach these things because they aren't sufficiently comfortable in these subjects themselves. They didn't have formal training, especially when it comes to independent contractor classifications, contract law and negotiations, and such. I suspect they had many instances where they've been misclassified as an IC but didn't know it, and have a foggy understanding of the definitive truth and best practices. Money especially is something that only in recent years and younger generations has become more transparent. When these professors were getting into the biz, it was every person for themselves, they accepted they were going to be living paycheck to paycheck and working long hours for their craft, and they lack the foundational knowledge and confidence to affect that change in their curriculum.Fully agree. Also, how to read contracts and do 1099 based taxes. People management is what makes or breaks people in this business.
I can just say that in my experiences, no one was restricted on behalf of the University and was solely concerned about their own personal interests.Ehhhh, that last one is a tough rub, MNicolai; a lot of universities have been known to assume classroom presentations are their intellectual property and not the professor's.
All design/tech students were encouraged to work in the shop during their off times when they didn't have class. Nobody was ever specifically designated, and it wasn't always lighting students helping with lighting, set students helping with set, etc. There was also no real teaching. It was just someone saying, hang this light there. At one point, a student was asked to do something they didn't know how to, and instead of teaching them, they simply asked someone else. It wasn't practical at all and the only "teaching" that happened was in the classroom about theories and design.My question is where the student grunt workers assigned to be the grunts ?, as part of a class assignment ?, in other words, who wrangled up the student crew and under what circumstances where they required to be available as grunt, I.E. The installation crew ?.