Posts Tagged ‘Television’

 

 

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Don’t say, the end is near
Don’t fade to black, don’t draw that curtain
My colleagues, I’ll say it clear
Directors know, they can be certain
I’ve had a career that’s full
I cued from each and every doorway
And more, much more than this, I did it your way

Mistakes, I’ve made a few
But then again, too few to mention
And now what I really want is health insurance and to grow my pension
I planned each perfect shot, each rundown step with no room for play
And more, much more than this, I did it your way

Yes, there were times, I’m sure you knew
Producers bit off more than they could chew
But we did it all, when there was no time
My crew and I, to make you shine
Directors all know we stood tall and did it your way

I’ve lead so many stars
I’ve had my fill, my share of wrangling
I’ve always been polite to divas whom I’ve felt like strangling
To think I did all that
For 30 years, in such a sure way
Oh, yes, oh, yes, t’was me, I did it your way

For what is a stage manager, what has she got?
If not her crew, then she has naught
To find the shots the director “feels”
Remind a cameraman, that thing has wheels
Everyone knows, I worked your shows and did it your way!

Yes, it was your way

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I am available for any and all TV stage managing opportunities.  Please contact me at DJGRRR17@aol.com with any leads or inquiries.

 

With love and thanks to Frank, Paul and Claude.

Superpower

Posted: October 11, 2013 in 30 Years in Television
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I’d love to have a superpower, although I think it would be a huge responsibility.  I’ve gone through moments of wishing to be strong like Superman, or just to be able to fly, so I could go anywhere I wanted.  I’ve thought about being able to become invisible and how I would not use my ability to rob banks and spy on people but I might use it to sneak onto airplanes so I could see the world, maybe even help people somehow.

Today I have been thinking about a Twilight Zone episode I saw a million years ago about a street peddler who sometimes would hand people, for free, an item he just knew they would soon need.  He had an ability even he couldn’t understand and in the episode he hands a pair of scissors to a total stranger, a man in a suit and tie with a scarf around his neck.  The man tries to argue and give them back but the peddler insists and rather than go on fighting about it the man puts the scissors in his pocket and walks away.  Soon after, he gets into an elevator and his scarf, both ends of his scarf, get caught in the elevator doors.  As the elevator rises he begins to choke and tries in vain to free himself.  Then he remembers the scissors in his coat pocket and uses them to save himself.  The look on his face is priceless.

I think I would like that power, on a grander scale.  It would be awesome to know exactly what people needed, really needed – like a new well for clean water, or a job with better hours so a single mom could work and spend time with her kids – and then have a special way of making it happen.  It makes me wonder if it’s not time to go into a different field, a new line of work where I could make a difference in the world.  I don’t even watch television, yet I enjoy making television.  It’s a stupid job but it’s how I’ve been earning a living and wasting my time (on and off, mostly off right now) for the last 30 years.  Whom have I helped?