Touring has a different vibe every single day because every artist comes with a different sort of feel. There is always a different environment, and this doesn’t change with bigger tours. Certain things are different from smaller tours, but in the end, everything we have learned this far applies to bigger tours as well.
How to Acquire a Job on Bigger Tours?
Contrary to what one might think, the bigger tours mostly do not require applications. The most common way to get a bigger gig is the word of mouth just like smaller tours. If you are in the right place at the right time, or if somebody in your network remembers that you are available for work when something comes up, then you might have the opportunity to have an ‘interview’ which is essentially a vibe check. That’s how a lot of jobs happen – if you vibe with them and they vibe with you, you’ll get the gig.
What Makes You Stand Out?
What makes you stand out for bigger gigs is mostly the common sense. People notice your ability to do the job if you do it right and do it well. If you are good enough for people to remember you, they will remember you. It might also help if you can work in different genres like heavy metal, pop, and rap because different genres come with different energies. If you are effective with all these different types of tours, then you are going to stand out.
From Smaller Tours to Bigger Tours
The bigger the tour gets, the more defined your role is. With every artist you work for at that level, your role is going to be different. Your role is based on what management wants you to do; what other people aren’t doing; and if there’s a hole and you fill that hole, it becomes your job. So, your role can evolve into wherever you see there’s a need for help. As Angie Warner said in our episode with her: “Once a favor, twice a gig.”
With bigger shows comes higher security. Some things exist in these levels of tours security-wise that don’t exist in other tours. For example, K-pop fans are at a different level, so you have the 24 hours around the clock security. If the fans find out where the artists are staying, they might try to get to the places where they are not supposed to. Therefore, at those levels of tours, there are certain things done to your keys that signify that you are, as an authorized crew member, allowed to be on their hotel floor, etc.
However, venue security doesn’t change as much. You go to the venue and tweak what wasn’t working on the last tour to make it work and get the artist’s input as to what they want and who gets what passes.
There is a reason why we always say, “don’t post your passes” because it is so easy for a fan to find it, print it, and make a fake credential. So, the moment a pass is found on social media, they need to be changed instantly.
Representing the Artist
As a crew member, you are representing your artist on the backstage level, and you want to represent yourself the way the artist represent themselves. It is without saying that you should treat others the way you want to be treated. If tour managers set a precedence for their team to be a certain way, they are always going to be remembered that way when they leave. Local securities and local venue people remember your crew so always try to be remembered as one of the greatest crews that have come through by being nice and respectful.