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adventures in stage managing

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SM Pro-tip: Saving

The other day in our levels session I announced at break “Designers, please take a moment to save your work.” My director had apparently never heard that said before, and was impressed.

So yeah, do that.

My head of program also suggested I change it to “Designers, please take a moment to save yourselves.”

This could become a thing.

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Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.
Ira Glass

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How to Sound Design (Read: How I Sound Design)

Step 1: EQ until it sounds good/better

Step 2: Apply cheesy reverb

Step 3: If you’re really feeling adventurous, pitch it. Or flip it and reverse it. Live on the edge.

All cheekiness aside though, all this to say that it ‘aint rocket science. Sound design for theatre is a somewhat newfound interest for me (and potentially another avenue to pursue). The important thing is to play around, have fun with it, and you’ll soon start to figure out what works.

Make sure you have a pair of decent headphones though.

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