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That was a close one last week, am I right? If you’re reading this, you survived the great Facebook / Instagram / WhatsApp blackout of 2021. I realize a lot of you were unable to get the link to join us last week due to this, which was a harsh reminder and lesson learned that I need to be on top of these blog posts as a back-up. Apologies for any inconvenience this caused to anyone. It’s also a subtle reminder for you to sign up for the newsletter for easy access to the links, even if social media dies.
This week, we’re tackling ageism. It’s a harsh reality that is alive and well in most professions. However at times, it seems that perhaps it plays an even more relevant role in the live events industry. Sometimes being shiny and new in our industry can be detrimental to your chances of being hired. Often times, production and/or management is looking for experienced crew to join an established team. Someone who has “seen it all” and knows how to make the impossible, possible, on reflex rather than wasting precious time coming up with a solution to something that may be a bit more obvious to someone who has dealt with this kind of situation before .
The other end to that, would be that perhaps the established veterans of the business aren’t always up to speed with the latest in technology or methods of touring or gigs of the future. Or someone who is extremely eager to prove themselves and not yet of a potentially jaded mindset, while being open to new things.
Younger artists may prefer to work with people in their own age group, while established acts who have several tours under their belt, may prefer to work with people who have more in common with them. Ultimately, in a touring situation you’re going to need to live with these people on a bus for weeks or months at a time and you want to make sure you can get along with similar interests and experience.
Or maybe you’ve decided to get into this business later in life, with a career or two already behind you. Is this an advantage or a disadvantage?
We’ll discuss these issues and more to make sure that your ‘Glory Days’ are still very much present and ahead of you, no matter your situation, and remind you of what we are doing to make sure you are always ahead of the game.
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