In this stage production, there were 20 characters, only 2 actors, 2 changers, an act 1 and act 2.
I learned a few things about my (so much pressure) changer job that I can apply to my life.
First, life sometimes expects us to go off script and improvise, like when your dang car breaks down in the middle of summer and you need to be at work in half an hour! Quick change needed! Ad lib…improvise…quick, aargh, the pressure!!
Second, quick changes in life can mean, no, will mean, MESS!
>Costumes, wigs and props flying through the air as rapid chaotic changes happen.<
YOU WILL HAVE MESSES! Go through the change and come back later to clean up.
Finally, no matter how quickly you work to change things for the better, sometimes you will not get perfection or make it on time to get perfection, so, you can follow the footsteps of the actor I dressed and undressed and blurt out as he occasionally did,…f**k it…as he quickly dashed on-stage with a few missing costume pieces and props, and, with just enough time to roll into dialogue for his next character.
This was crazy, pressure changes! …STOP.
(**sometimes, backstage language is very colorful–I write as is…my apologies if it offends.**)
Have you had a pressure change recently?
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