Freelance Tech with 25 years of experience specializing in AV, and Production Services. I currently freelance for Carlson AV, Smart Source, Michael Andrews, and Corporate AV.
I am an in-house part time AV tech at the Marriott Marquis in Time Square. I show up, and enter one of many rooms of different shapes and sizes. Most of the time the rooms are preset the night before the upcoming event. I double check everything, ring out the room assuring that the sound is perfect. I also test all the video equipment too as well as lighting. I introduce myself to the clients, and request any media information that they will use throughout the day. We do rehearsals, and go over everything to assure a successful event. When I'm not operating audio, or video I'm then what you call a " float." That is when I set up, and strike rooms that are being used or that will be used. Floating is also monitoring several rooms at a time being available if any assistance is needed.
I prepare, set-up, deliver, operate, and breakdown A/V rental equipment such as professional mixing consoles, eq's, speakers, handheld, and lavalier wireless microphones, 32-80" video monitors on stands, projectors, screens, lighting systems, and laptop work stations. I recently set up a sound system, and operated it for a speech given by former Mayor Mike Bloomberg. I had to dial out certain frequencies so that no feedback would occur insuring a great sound that everyone in the audience could hear, as well as sending a clear signal to our press box for the major tv news networks who were there to tie into for there audio feed. The event was a major success.
I toured all over the country, and internationally as Chubby Checkers lead guitarist. We played many casinos, festivals, stadiums, and TV shows. I also served as his temporary tour/road manager for 3 months. It is nice to see the production end of the business from the side of a world famous artist such as Chubby Checker.
I rented backline, live sound equipment, and provided full rehearsal studios to the biggest names in entertainment. I had to be proficient in every area of the job which included delegating, and coordinating multiple tasks for fellow employees, making reservations over the phone, and from walk in customers. I was also hands on, and tested gear on the way in and out. I loaded, and unloaded trucks, and I also wrapped cables. I also handled the repair department making sure that the equipment was fixed in a timely manor.
I rented backline equipment. I completed rental orders by testing all the backline equipment before it went out to the shows, and also when it was returned. I loaded, and unloaded the trucks. I also went out on tech gigs where I would set up, and stay with the gear providing set changes, and fixing problems that may have occurred during the show leading to a successful event. I would thoroughly check in all the returns making sure that everything that went out was returned in good condition.
This was my first job in the sound, and music equipment field. Music Arts Enterprises is a music store that also rents. I started working in the warehouse unloading trucks. I then started working in there rapidly growing backline, and sound system rental dept. A few years later they made me the manager of the rental department.
I am also a musician as I mentioned. Besides touring periodically with Chubby Checker, I also play the guitar in an Abba tribute band, an 80's tribute band, and bass in a disco tribute band. I'm also a singer songwriter recording in my own home recording studio where I'm about to release a second album.
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