What are the ups and downs of going on tour.
I am interested in becoming a lighting designer within the entertainment industry for things such as, concerts, television, tours, movies, and any other miscellaneous corporate events come my way.
For the past couple years I have been able to learn some of grandMA2 by playing around with it and have learned to build looks and effects to program weekend services and special events.
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Unfortunately - right now, the industry has taken a serious hit from the impact of Covid-19.
So, to answer your question - this is an exact example of the "ups and down" we often endure as touring musicians and crew.
I have been a touring musician in Los Angeles for 7 years now, and the constant change is something that is unlike any other occupation. There are extreme highs - there is travel, there is culture and an opportunity to share your art whether that includes performing, lighting design, sound design or other production/crew jobs. But there is also constant change: tours get cancelled, artists change and fire their bands/crews and historic natural events (earthquakes, social unrest, pandemics) do affect the industry in whether you work or not.
It takes a very flexible lifestyle. It takes a very supportive community of friends, work colleagues and family. And it is not for everyone.
Best of luck in your future endeavors, Matthew!
Jenny recommends the following next steps:
- Low pay at the start, homesickness, hard work, exhaustion from too much traveling around.
Rachel Joy’s Answer
Going on tour has many pluses and minuses.
There is no better experience than to visit other countries and what could be better than having this be your career.
The job is different every day just by being in different cities and venues, and you will meet amazing people along the way
You learn about yourself by being on the road and going through various experiences
It's not seasonal. There are always opportunities.
Missing your family and friends. The show must go on and this may mean missing important family events and holidays
Being on the road is equally tiring. Schedules are longer, days seem longer. You are living out of a suitcase.
It's a job for younger people. As we get older, touring gets tiring.