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anonymous asked:

Back in January, our DM told one of our ASM's that she was going to be promoted to SM. She had been passed up for it 3 times, and proved all 3 times that she was better at their job than they were. She was also our acting SM for several months. Then about 2 weeks later, the DM visited, and told our ASM that she had changed her mind, and had hired someone else. And once again, that ASM is proving to be way better at the job than the current SM. She basically does both of their jobs at once.

Things I assume about Ford because she’s a stage manager: 

  • has a penchant for dealing with drama (but not acting drama) 
  • knows how to fall asleep at any given opportunity 
  • flip side: knows how to run on three hours of sleep and only act “generally tired”
  • has literally seen/heard everything and therefore is not phased by nudity, sex stories, stories about about really dumb shit people did while on drugs
  • will not fix your love life for you, but will lend an ear while you work on the shit you’re supposed to be doing 
  • will give you sex talks because you probably don’t know as much as you think 
  • is completely used to people breaking out into song 
  • even if she didn’t play an instrument, she can read music well enough
  • probably was in choir at some point, probably needs to be reminded that her voice is nice 
  • is a blow dart champion 
  • is actually wonderful at improv 
  • always has tape, a pen, and paper on hand 
  • is used to muttering to herself “you’re doing your job if no one notices you doing it” 
  • has probably told countless people the same thing 
  • despite being great at yelling, she definitely gives Bitty a run for his money in the “passive aggressive” banter department
  • has more cardigans than dex has flannel
  • often looks like she has her life more put together than the rest of us, sometimes this is accurate
  • you want to divert the conversation? Ask her what her favorite show is or ask her if she’s seen ___ and prepare yourself for a very lovely (if not long) conversation
  • has a Gordon Ramsey like temperament: which is to say if you made an honest mistake “hey no harm, let me help you” if she’s told you how/why to do something eight times and you fucked up? You better run bitch

Source: literally years of observing/befriending an ASM

youruinousbutt  asked:

What are your thoughts as a stage manager on using real guns as props onstage?

Oh no. No. Please don’t. It makes me so anxious to even think about. 

Buy or rent a good fake. Even a starter pistol is a better option. I’ve only done one show with a handgun that had to be fired, and it was blocked in such a way that it was upstage and clear of any other actors. The process was

a) ASM pulled gun case from cabinet probably 5 mins before it was needed and opened it up.

b) ASM pulled gun out of case and held it in her flat outstretched hand. No setting it down anywhere, especially in the dark.

c) Actor came offstage and walked directly to ASM. NOBODY was in that path.

d) Actor went onstage near the front of the ensemble, shot the gun at the appropriate time, then came back offstage and handed the gun back to the ASM, who put it back in the case and into the cabinet.

This was in addition to a fight call each performance. It happened quickly and efficiently, and it STILL stressed me out. 

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