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Perfect Your Social Media Mix to Get Your First Industry Gig

Illustration by Stephen NaumannIllustration by Stephen Naumann

Very slowly but surely, the media world is rebounding. But i­f you’re one of many upcoming grads hoping to break into competitive media fields, you’re probably feeling like it’s not rebounding enough. 

NBCUniversal

The merger of two giants in the entertainment media industry gave birth in 2004 to the enterprise known as NBCUniversal. Under the new banner, the company owns and operates numerous television networks, motion picture companies, theme parks, and other media properties. Comcast purchased a majority interest in NBCUniversal in 2011.

Leadman

Set dressing is a simple task—place a dish there, a curtain here—that plays an important role in the realism and continuity of a film or television production. A bare set of walls or empty backlot street is not nearly as convincing or enveloping as a fully dressed environment with all of the ordinary items that humans interact with in real life. 

Live Nation Entertainment

Live Nation was born out of Clear Channel Communications as a concert promotion company in 2005. The organization expanded its dominance of the live entertainment promotion and marketing industry when it merged with Ticketmaster in 2010.

Flyman

Flys, not flies, refer to the permanent weighted batten systems in theatrical venues that are used to raise and lower scenery and electrics on stage. To fly something in or out is to raise or lower an object on deck via this system. Many theaters have made the conversion to automated flys that use motors or chain hoists, but manual structures are still the most prevalently used.

Upright Stagehand’s Glossary

apron – the section of the stage in front of the proscenium arch.

array – a set of flown speakers.

ASMAssistant Stage Manager.

AX – an abbreviation for “Audio.” 

WorldStage

In 2007, ScharffWeisberg merged with Video Applications to form a new comapny, WorldStage. The company is an industry leader in event and production technology with more than 30 years of experience serving the entertainment industry and corporate clients.

Mix Engineer

Each part of a song, pertaining to the individual instruments and vocals, is recorded independently and then combined later to create one album track. At the completion of the recording process, all of the separate tracks are delivered as a DVD or virtual files to the mix engineer and transferred to a mixing console for the final production. A mix engineer is concerned with artfully assembling those tracks and adding effects for sound quality and aesthetic enhancement. This person also adds elements like fade and stereo pan.

Event Coordinator

The event coordinator works under the direction of the event manager and is employed by event production companies that plan and staff functions like trade shows, conventions, award shows, and corporate parties. This role is similar to that of a stage manager or assistant stage manager, in that the coordinator is tasked with supervising both the technical preparation of the event as well as the crew assigned to execute operations.