When starting out as a Live Sound Engineer, you will encounter gigs that require you to wear two hats. The Tour Manager or Production Manager and Sound Engineer are the most common dual roles you will encounter. Being able to handle both roles effectively will make you more valuable, increase your skill set, and allow you to gain the experience you need to tour solely as a Sound Engineer or Tour Manager.
What do you need to know to tour manage? Tour managing is similar to herding cats. Why would anyone want to herd cats? It’s difficult, time-consuming, and the cats don’t like it. These days touring budgets are shrinking and the crews are often smaller. This means when you are starting your career in live sound, you will be required to do more than one job. Engineer/TM/PM is a favorite combination. If you gain the skills to TM/Engineer, you will be paid more and make yourself more valuable.
Come learn about “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of Wearing Two Hats”.
Rachel “Mr.Soundlady” Ryan is FOH for Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Monitors for Silversun Pickups and The Strokes and has road managed/Foh for PHOX
Jessica Berg has worked at TM/FOH and Monitor Engineer. She has tour managed Dr. John, Quadron, Waka Flocka Flame and Phoebe Ryan. Most recently she has been TM/FOH/MON with Hailey Knox and ME for KIIARA.
There will be plenty of time for Q&A. Feel free to send in questions you want to be answered –to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Light Refreshments will be provided.