Invaluable Advice from AV Pros to AV Newbies

When it comes to career advancement, there’s no better way to learn what’s what than by listening to the people who’ve gone before. It’s specifically beneficial to hear what professionals in your own field have to say because they’ve been there, done that, and lived to tell the tale. Today, we want to offer newer AV professionals some insights from long-standing experts who’ve worked in the field for years—some even decades.

Read on for some excellent advice on how to survive—and thrive—in today’s AV industry.

  1. Be humble. You’re new and have a ton to learn. Take direction graciously, because the people around you have been doing what you’re doing for a much longer period of time. Don’t brag about “being on tour.” It’s a job, and no one likes a braggart.
  2. Surround yourself with people who are better than you. Always push to learn new skills that render you more attractive when the next gig comes up.
  3. It’s all about respect. You are no better than the individual you’re working side by side with. Never leverage yourself as being above pulling feeder or tipping a console. You never know who will be the next big designer or LD. Treat everyone with respect and you will go far in this industry.
  4. First impressions are everything in our industry. This goes for every aspect of your career, including day to day tasks with that new venue rep or stagehand you may work with. It’s a small world (or industry).
  5. Take care of yourself. Work out. Eat right. Skip after show food, or eat from the veggie tray instead. And don’t forget to take advantage of chances to get some rest. Remember, you have a job to do the next day.
  6. Plan ahead when it comes to money. Don’t blow your per diem or your paycheck when it’s rolling in during the busy months. Make sure you are ready for a dry spell, as work can come and go depending on the season.
  7. Make a habit of being early. When they say “the bus rolls at 9pm,” they are not joking! The old adage still remains true – if you’re on time, then you are late. No matter where you are supposed to be, get there early and settle in. You WILL get left behind if you’re even a minute behind everyone else.
  8. Remember, you are here to make friends. Fitting in with the people you are on the road with is important—even essential. If you don’t fit in and find your place or role, it will not matter how good you are at your job. The next tour will choose to work with someone else. There is a difference between confidence and cockiness. It’s a small industry and you will be remembered for how you carry yourself.

Elite Multimedia is a privately-owned, leading supplier of the most up-to-date audio, video and lighting technologies today. With a combined 85 years of industry experience, our team of dedicated professionals knows how to pair the right technology with your vision, whether partnering with you in a rental, systems installation, or sales relationship. Through an unconditional desire to make your production or project a complete success, our passion and knowledge to innovate knows no bounds.