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