In her new DailyVenusDiva.com column Behind the (PLUS) Scenes, Director & Production manager Nicki Lynch gives you a front row view of what happened behind the scenes at the Lavender’s Jungle Fashion Playhouse event in Atlanta, GA.
I had the pleasure of serving as the Director & Production Manager for the Lavender’s Jungle Fashion Playhouse in Atlanta, GA. For all of the pictures taken, camera phone videos posted, social media comments and blogs written giving rave reviews about the show, being behind the scenes is glorious but never glamorous!
Let’s start with what exactly the Director & Production Manager does. The Director manages the cast (in this case specifically the actors, not the models). We ensure they know their lines and deliver them in such a way that the message is clear, concise and believable! Even though this production was focused on the modeling the last thing we want to see is horrible acting!
As the Production Manager, my role is a lot more technically complex. My top priority is to translate my client’s (Lavender’s Jungle) vision, from idea into reality. This requires having the knowledge and strength to manage a team of Light Designers, Audio Technicians, Set Designers, Stagehands, Prop Masters and the DJ. Unfortunately, in the Entertainment Industry, this team of people is typically ALL MALE, gorilla chest beating, know-it-all, talk-over-your-head-thinking-you-don’t-know-anything type of guys! So as you can imagine, I spend a lot of my time stroking egos to get some of these men to do their jobs!
As in any production, my biggest challenge is balancing the production of the show and managing people’s emotions. Film, Television & Event Productions are highly sensitive environments! Think of them as the equivalent of a woman giving birth. She has been growing and cultivating this event idea for months. Her entire life begins to be consumed by the idea to the point that she can barely sleep at night. Then the day of the birth arrives. Imagine the roller coaster of emotions from excitement, to pain, to joy!
Now imagine if giving birth required at least 40-100 other people to each do their jobs right, in order to succeed. Each job is highly important no matter if they are seen or acknowledge publicly. Yet inevitably there is always at least one person/team that does not step to the plate and deliver! So imagine the stress, frustration, blood-boiling, pressure-cooking, work-your-nerves, an environment that comes when just ONE person doesn’t do their part and other people have to pick up their slack!
This is my life behind the scenes. Most people wouldn’t willingly sign up for that kind of stress. However, when the going gets tough, I get into “The Zone,” that place where emotions are out the door and it’s time to handle business! I don’t typically respond emotionally to challenges or challenging people. Emotions tend to cloud my judgement and keep me from being creative and finding a solution!
I LIVE for the joy I get when the production is a great success! There is a sense of pride that comes, when I read the rave reviews. I love seeing how the lighting changes the mood and highlights the subject of the scene on each of the camera phone video posts. When I hear the gasp from the audience each time we open the curtains for a new scene, I smile! My heart simply melts!
I enjoy learning from each project and challenging myself to try new things for the next production. I may not have my name on the marquis, but I know (and my client knows) I have been a great factor in the success of their event! I wouldn’t have it any other way! Now off to the next Production!
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