Christmas is a time of love, gifts, Christ, and Christmas productions. Can you survive producing sound for your next Christmas performance?
1. Sound techs are realists and production directors are idealists. The more you can help them achieve their vision, the more likely they are to listen and accept your recommendations.
"You're right; it would be a bad idea to put a wireless microphone on the donkey."
2. Recognize the director probably doesn't know anything about the equipment you have available. Therefore, talk with them as soon as possible to understand their needs and determine if you need to buy or borrow equipment or if something needs to change in the production because of limitations.
"We don't have 10 wireless lapel mic's but we do have a few hanging choir mic's that might work."
3. Escalate the issues. If you can't come to an understanding with the director over an issue, pull in a pastor to mediate the issue.
"I can't place the monitors where they want because it's causing un-avoidable feedback."
4. Get a script/schedule for the performance. This year, our director provided me with a script for the performance. I know exactly what is going on and what is going to happen. This takes away a lot of stress.
"Thank you, thank you, and thank you!" – That’s what I told him.
5. Focus on the goal. You and the director have the same goal; produce a performance that glorifies God. This season, you might have to work extra hours at the church. You might be stretched to your technical limits. Recognize you are doing this for God and the congregation.
Luke 2: 11-14 "For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men."
What have you done to lessen the stress?