I thought I’d write about producing events and what goes on behind the scenes. More often than not one would buy a ticket then turn up to an event and that is the only two interactions you have with that brand. Weather it be a Burlesque event, a fashion show, or any kind of night life event there is a whole lot of work that gets done well before the event and all the way leading up to the date.
This is not intended in a negative way, instead to highlight and thank those who slog long hours to make this kind of thing happen! Those who run events or produce generally do it because the love it. They love the satisfaction of seeing an event come to fruition and the excitement of planning and running an event. Click in to see more!
I’ve been wanting to write about this for a while. If you are a Producer of an event I want to interview you!! It’ll be an interview series, similar to what I’ve done with my “Not Your Normal Job” series. “Life of a Producer” contact me if you’d like to be part of this series.
To start all of I thought I’d lead by example with myself, Producer of Queerlesque!
How long ago did you start producing events?
I started when I was 15, can you believe it? I used to teach Irish Dance classes and put on a mini end of year production and I’ve still got the VCR tape of the show! Since then I’ve run troupe’s of Go-Go dancers and more recently I am the proud mama of my Queerlesque baby all over New Zealand and hopefully into 2013 Australia…
What type of things would you have on a normal “Producer” work day?
Oh let me start with last weekend! I went to about 8 different retail and wholesale store to price up fabric, I spend a couple of hours with a DJ to create a mix-tape of sorts for the Queerlesque Showcases we have coming up, I met with the creative directors of an event and discussed what they wanted for their show and what I could put together, I discussed lighting and rigging. Then once I got home I started emailing: show and performer bios, writing MC notes, co-coordinating and booking performers and finally all things social media. Unless I have someone to help with all of these things I do them mostly on my own in my spare time around my 9-5 job which I still keep. Crazy? Yes probably. Hyper-active and driven? Absolutely!
“Producer” covers allot of different jobs that you’d do in the process of putting on an event. Can you share your most and least favourite of them all?
My favourite part of being a Producer is the first five minutes after the event is over! Okay, just kidding. I really enjoy having lots of things to keep my brain occupied and my evenings busy. I find there to be nothing more boring than an evening wasted, doing nothing. Not saying I don’t spend the occasional night in front of the TV. I most certainly do, but with my mobile phone at my side multi-tasking at the same time.
Your least favourite job as a producer?
Trying to keep everyone happy? Before, during and after. I suppose the stupid unexpected things that happen that you really just have to keep your cool and deal with it. I’m really luck that I really awesome team behind me, from stage managers, stage kittens, door people, MC, performers and loyal supporters!
What is the most exciting event you’ve ever worked on in an organisational sense?
Auckland Pride Festival 2013!! I’m pulling together three mini Showcase shows, a Parade float, and a full blown event to top it all off, all in the space of a week and a half. And that doesn’t take into account any performing I’m doing myself during that same time period. Its been exciting and a huge learning curve dealing with ticketing agents, corporate advertising, sponsorship and grant applications and looking after a huge number of clients and performers. Did I mention I love working to deadlines?
What have you got coming up that your really looking forward to? ( This is your chance to pimp your event!)
Can I name a couple?? There’s the Fringe Festival show I’m Emceeing, and the closing party of the Pride festival, incidentally called Proud and being held at the newly revamped and restored Victoria Park Market complex. Exciting! I couldn’t finish with out mentioning my Producer baby, the Queerlesque show. We have performers from Wellington coming up, and a huge line up of musical acts before the show too. Its my Queer Burlesque, circus, cabaret, and vaudevillian dream come true! Come along and watch people!
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