soccer. She's the superstar. She saves the
team and runs the field. He has basketball. He's the
MVP. He leads the team to victory. He's got
football. He's one of the youngest yet plays
the most. Need I say more? She's in the play. Lead
roll. Voice of an angel. Face to match. They
play instruments. Music comes naturally to them. It's
a gift. She runs. All. The. Time. A 6 minute mile
is slow in her eyes. She gets 100's. Without any
effort. It just happens. They have their
friends. Her friend's play soccer.
His friend's play basketball. His
friend's play football. Her friends sing.
Their friends play the clarinet, trumpet, piano, and
drums. Her friends keep her pace. Her friends are
genius's. Everyone's got their group.
Me? I'm a techie.
Yep. A techie. Sooner or later I'll
live in that auditorium. Leaving it would be a vacation. A
trip. I'll know how many extra fuses we keep on hand, and
have lamp inventory in my binder. I won't need my ID,
security will know I'm a crazy from down the hall. And
you can laugh all you want, tech crew's cool,
tech crew's hard, and tech crew's family.
We share a passion, just like you guys. So it's
not as physically demanding as tackling
someone so your team can run the ball all the way to the endzone,
so what? You move $1,200 lights around that weigh
half your weight. So, you think it doesn't take my
academic strength, we're not graded or anything,
right? Wrong. You memorize the maker and
model of every light in that auditorium, which
fuse they use, what their DMX address is,
what gobos they have, and where all their cords
are. On top of maintaining those
yours. We're behind the scenes,
making that show you take for granted
months in advance, perfecting every last tidbit.
From the volume of the snares to the angle
of the lights to the milliseconds of a set
change to the exact fade of the video feeds.
We're techies. The best part?
Tech crew: we do it in the dark.