Blog #28
Blog #28: Career of the week

Over the 4th term we are going to try something a little different.  We are going to explore the different careers/jobs that go into putting on a concert.  We are going to look at a medium sized venue, such as the Anthem, Howard Theatre, or Lincoln Theatre.  Most of these jobs still apply to small clubs or arena/stadium shows, but vary depending on need and with the number of people attending.  Unlike past weeks, we will not be giving as in depth of a view of each job, but giving a synopsis of what each person does to make the show work.  



Hours before the show begins the final preparations take place and
then the venue workers take their positions to service the audience members.  The stage is set and ready for the performers.  The
performers are backstage or on their way to the venue.  The
audience line up outside and then begin to trickle in.  These are the
jobs that are required for the show to go off without a hitch.


Security$10-$20 per hour

Security is tasked with making sure that things go smoothly, from helping
direct people in line, to setting up barriers, to patrolling the venue, to
intervening if something goes wrong.  For the most part, a security member
needs to be at a post with a clear responsibility, and attentive to the area
around them.  If they notice something that is not right, they go and check
it and make sure that it's alright.  If someone gets out of hand, or enters
an area that they are not supposed to, the security steps in and removes
them either from the area or the venue.  Security members often work for
a security company that is hired by the venue each night, but some larger
venues have their own security team that does the job.  Security members
must be good at following orders and protocols, be willing to step in and
help if needed, and be able to handle unruly attendees.  


Ticketing agent$10-$15 per hour

The ticketing agents job is to make sure that each audience member has the
correct ticket for the correct event.  They scan the code on the ticket and
check for validation of the ticket.  If an audience member has an issue with
their ticket, they help them resolve it either personally, or by directing them to
the correct place.  If an audience member doesn't have their ticket, they can
pick them up from the Will-Call ticketing agent before the show.  If tickets are
not sold out, the ticketing agent can also serve as a place to purchase tickets. 
The ticketing agent needs to be able to stand for long periods of time and
know the proper protocol for any issues that arise.  They need to have a
keen eye to make sure no one is faking their tickets and be helpful if needed. 


Ushers$8-$14 per hour

The ushers job is to help audience members find their seats.  They need to
have a working knowledge of the layout of the venue and know where each
row is located.  Often times, they work while the show is going on and must
be able to navigate the seats in the dark.  They usually are tasked with
making sure that audience members don't take other seats that are not their
own, and resolve any issues that arise with seat disputes.  The Usher needs
to be on their feet for hours, be helpful, but firm to make sure everyone sits
where the tickets they purchased say.  


Souvineers$8-$15 per hour

The person who sells the souvenirs can either be a member of the touring
group who is responsible for setting up and taking down the displays, or it
might be someone who works at the venue.  The souvenir booth operator 
must present the merchandise in a way that all potential buyers can see
everything and that they present it in a way that makes people want to buy
the merchandise.  They deal with taking money and making change for
people, as well as keeping stock of the inventory as the night goes on. 
Much of the job happens before the show or after the show as people are
leaving, so they must be alert for long periods of time.  The souvenir booth
operator must be organized, be good at handling money, and be friendly. 
This is one of the most important jobs on the tour, since most bands make
most of their money from souvenirs, rather than record sales.


Concessions$8-$15 per hour

The concessions workers are food service workers and must conform to
regulations of the area concerning serving food safely and ensuring laws
around alcohol sales.  They often have to prepare food and deal with money
at the same time.  Some larger venues will have some of the food prepared
in kitchens that are brought to the concession stands, but many have to
manage both at the same time.  These workers need to be aware of how
much product they have and when to ask for or make more of a particular
product.  The concessions workers need to be clean, safe, and friendly. 


Opening Band
$500-$1500 per show

In order to ease into the show, bands will usually travel with another band or
hire a local band to open up for them.  This helps warm up the audience,
allow the mood to be set for music instead of jumping right into the show,
and alert audience members that they need to get to their seats soon. 
These musicians will usually be up and coming bands looking to add to their touring resume, get exposure to a larger audience, sell their albums, and work on
the road.  They might be friends of the band, or have auditioned for the job. 
If the band travels with a smaller crew, they might work several jobs along
the road.  


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Which of the jobs above seem the most enjoyable to you?

Which of the jobs above seem the hardest to you? Why?