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25 Indispensable Life Lessons You Learn As A Theatre Tech

"Measure twice, cut once" is only the beginning.

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1. Black is always chic.

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But if the audience can see you, something has gone very wrong.

2. Patience is a virtue.

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Especially during cue-to-cue.

3. Be clear when communicating with others.

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Because actors don't get subtlety.

4. Treat everyone with respect, especially those lending a helping hand.

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Maria will only have her bad attitude to blame when her mic goes out during "One Hand One Heart."

5. Set goals for yourself.

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And if you get a chance, try to actually accomplish some of them before the end of the run.

6. Always get a good night's rest.

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(Offer not valid during tech week).

7. Organization is the key to success.

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It's not that you're trying to control everyone. Well, actually, you're the SM so you better be controlling everyone.

8. Expect the unexpected.

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Around every corner in prop storage is a new and ridiculous treasure.

9. Work with what you're given.

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A Leatherman is only as good as its owner.

10. Nothing in life is free.

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Especially not a GaffGun, so quit asking.

11. Always be proactive.

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If you can do it before the stage manager tells you, they usually give you candy!

12. Be your own light.

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Lest you collide with another stagehand during the quick change.

13. Not everyone has the same sense of humor.

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Especially not the producers.

14. You can make anything happen if you set your mind to it.

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I mean, that's why you're in tech.

15. You must be able to keep cool under pressure.

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You can bitch about it later during strike.

16. Whatever doesn't kill you, makes you stronger.

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Calculated risks are everything.

17. Not everything is as it seems.

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#proplife

18. You have to think three cues, er — steps ahead.

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Otherwise you'd just be an actor.

19. Have faith in yourself and your abilities.

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Mime shows in the dark don't sell a lot of tickets, amirite?

20. Fill your life with stuff that makes you happy.

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Lots and lots of gaff tape.

21. Sometimes it's the things no one can see that matter most.

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Dat cable run tho...

22. Some things will never really leave you.

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Not even with paint thinner.

23. Try to see the bigger picture.

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They can't all be Our Town.

24. Decide what you want most out of life.

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"THIS!" — Every stage manager ever.

25. You're never truly alone.

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Because there is a whole crew of people out there who have your back.

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