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[PODCAST EP22] A Private Channel Conversation with Health Insurance Sales Advisor, Jessica Straw

Written by: Lesroy Louard The production industry, is seemingly broad and daunting to navigate. At times you just need an inside connection, to land that perfect gig, or steer you in the right direction.This podcast equips you, as an independent…

[PODCAST EP21 Part 1 & 2] Health Insurance 101 with Healthcare Resolution Analyst, Neidre Hines

Written by: Lesroy Louard In this 2 Part Private Channel podcast episode, Clem Harrod sits down with Neidre Hines; in what could be portrayed as “the insider” releasing “hidden” healthcare secrets. As a healthcare resolution analyst, Hines provides understanding for…
Tech Director, Roger Desmond

[PODCAST EP20] Managing Expectations with Technical Director, Roger Desmond

Written by: Lesroy Louard Roger Desmond, Technical Director and Staging Supervisor, momentarily takes us on the journey of how he landed his dream career. Wicked (New York), NBC’s The Sound of Music and The Whiz live; he is the unsung…

The Unseen – Bridal Shackles

Written by: Troy Liptak-Grilli The photo above is the first in a series of photographs that I’ve set out to shoot whilst on the road and on showsite. I feel as though our roles are ones that are not documented…
EP19 Bobbi Grant

[PODCAST EP19] A Private Channel Conversation with Bookkeeper & Budgeting Specialist, Bobbi Grant

Written by: Ashley Davis This week, we're leaving the chatter of the Production Channel and switching over to the Private Channel. This series, within the Production Channel Blog and Podcast, is meant to be an educational tool for independent contractors…
EP 18 Beth Forbes

[PODCAST EP18] From the Farm to the Ballroom with Project Manager, Beth Forbes

Written by: Ashley Davis The moment Beth Forbes realized Live Event Production was something she wanted to pursue, she was twelve years old and tangled up in rope, trying to stop a 200 lb. disco ball from falling on a…

[PODCAST EP17] Happy Rigging with Brent Armstrong

Written by: Ashley Davis We’re live on show site in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil during this episode of the production channel, as hosts Clem Harrod and Stephen Bowles speak with Brent Armstrong, owner of Alpine Rigging. A self-described “reformed mountain…

The Similarities Between Worship and Corporate Event Production

Comparing and contrasting the differences and similarities of working behind the scenes at corporate and worship events and services.

[PODCAST EP16] From the Perspective of a Producer & Project Lead w/ Max Monsegue

Written by: Ashley Davis Max Monsegue, a Producer and Project Lead, has been in the live event production industry for 22 years. As Max puts it, this industry is “something you don’t really know exists until you fall into it,”…

How This Freelancer Obtained Health Coverage Without Breaking The Bank

Written by: Dave Divis   Let's face it. Healthcare in the U.S. is a mess. The current politcal climate in Washington provides little assurance that anything will change in the foreseeable future. Many of us that freelance in the broadcast/live…
Tucker McFall Camera

[PODCAST EP15] Camera Operators in the Big Leagues with Tucker McFall

   Author: Leizl Bala As we exit baseball season and ramp up into basketball season, host Clem Harrod sits down with sports camera operator, Tucker McFall, in this 15th episode of The Production Channel. Tucker lives a gypsy lifestyle of…

[PODCAST EP14] The Importance of a Support System in the Live Event Industry with Kirk Garreans

Author: Leizl Bala It wasn’t long ago that Kirk Garreans, owner of ALP Design & Production, spent up to 300 days on the road working corporate shows in the live event production industry. However, one day in the Fall of…

Planning and Producing TEDx Orlando

Written by: Miles McCreery Shoflo.tv is always looking for ways to better connect with their clients, learn how their software is being used and create a better live event experience. This past June, Shoflo partnered with TEDx Orlando to immerse themselves…

Working in the Production Industry

Written by: Miles McCreery Getting Started There are many reasons why someone wants to get started in the live events industry, most aren’t for the fame though. Getting started in the live events industry is never the same for any two…

[BACKSTAGE PASS EP2] Part TWO: The Production of Lighting Design with Richard Dunn

Author and content coordinator: Miles McCreery Shot & Edited by: James Leslie of Lesliemania Production Services Backstage Pass: The Production Channel is back with Episode two PART 2 of Backstage Pass with Richard Dunn. If you're a long time fan…

[BACKSTAGE PASS EP2] Part 1: The Production & Design of Corporate Lighting with Richard Dunn

Authors: Clem Harrod & Miles McCreery Shot & Edited by: James Leslie of Lesliemania Production Services Backstage Pass Episode 2: This week Clem Harrod goes backstage of a corporate convention with Richard Dunn. Richard is an industry leading Lighting Designer with Dunn…

[VIDEO] – Understanding BYU’s scripting workflow with Shoflo

Bryce is responsible for planning and running the shows and in-game production elements for BYU’s football and basketball teams including in-arena and on-court video boards, time outs and half-time video boards.

[PODCAST EP13] Corporate Audio Design with Billy Walsh

We’re all ears this week at The Production Channel as Clem Harrod interviews long-time audio designer, Billy Walsh. Billy is an industry staple in the corporate event world with almost 40 years of audio experience, and due to his positive…

[BACKSTAGE PASS EP1] Part 2: Golden State Warriors Arena with Phil Hastings

Authors: Clem Harrod & Miles McCreery Shot by: Melvin LeGrand Edited by: Jason Dewberry of 7D Productions Backstage Pass: We're back again with The Production Channel's second part of being backstage at Oracle Arena with Phil Hastings, the Senior Director of Operations.…

[BACKSTAGE PASS EP1] Golden State Warriors Arena with Phil Hastings

Authors: Clem Harrod & Miles McCreery Shot by: Melvin LeGrand Edited by: Jason Dewberry of 7D Productions Backstage Pass: This week The Production Channel's own Clem Harrod goes backstage at Oracle Arena with Phil Hastings, the Director of Operations. Oracle Arena is…

[PODCAST EP12] The story of Shoflo with Stephen Bowles

The table is turned in this week’s episode of The Production Channel as Clem focuses the interview on fellow host, Stephen Bowles. Stephen is the Founder and CEO of Shoflo, a software platform developed for production teams as a more…

Industry Highlight: SVG Venue Initiative White Paper

Author: Rick Price Industry Highlight: There are thousands of venues and hundreds of professional live event productions carried out across America daily. These productions are put together by different sized teams and with different amounts of infrastructure and support, some are…

[PODCAST EP11] Inspiring and Succeeding as a Keynote Speaker with Mark Sanborn

In episode 11, listen in as Stephen Bowles and Clem Harrod speak with keynote speaker Mark Sanborn, about his 30+ years as a professional speaker and author.

Life in Production – Finding that Model Image

Written by: Clem Harrod Inspired by: “Take Me to the Alley” by Gregory Porter When I was a young Stagehand and Camera Utility just starting in this industry, I was constantly looking for guidance. I was constantly looking for someone to…

[PODCAST EP10] Video Technician Training for Live Events with Bob Murdock

In episode 10, listen in as Stephen Bowles and Clem Harrod talk to Bob Murdock about his work with Evolve Media Group in their academy program where he helps educate the next group of high quality video techs for the…

Why

Written by: Richard Dunn Plane lands. Tram to baggage, shuttle to car, car to home. Hugged my wife. I wonder why. Luggage on the floor, laundry to the washer, dried, folded, back in the suitcase. Sneak to my daughters room…

[PODCAST EP09] A Holistic Approach to Managing the Stage with Jon Allen

In episode 9, listen in as Stephen Bowles and Clem Harrod talk to Jon Allen about his experience directing and calling live shows. Jon Allen is a techincal director, show caller and owner of Technical Designs. Listen in and learn…

How to Hire the Right People with Dondi Sanchez

Dondi Sanchez shares and explains his easy to follow pathway that he uses when hiring the right people for his production company

[PODCAST EP08] Show Calling for Theater and Corporate Events with Judie Kavanagh

In episode 8, listen in as Stephen Bowles and Clem Harrod talk to Judie Kavanagh about her transition from show calling live theater to corporate events! Judie Kavanagh is a leader in her industry with over 15 years experience and…

Life in Production – Finding Your “Perfect” Convergence

Written by: Clem Harrod Inspired by: “Painted on Canvas” by Gregory Porter Wikipedia defines Geometry as a branch of mathematics that deals with shapes, size, relative position of figures, and the properties of space. A mathematician who works in the field of geometry…

[PODCAST EP07] Seizing Opportunities in Live Events with Dave Nuckolls

In episode 7, join the conversation as Stephen, Clem and Dave Nuckolls discuss about how being ready for anything is the key to success in the production world and that ultimately putting family first is a priority in this crazy…

The Importance of Keynote Speakers with Richard Dunn

Richard Dunn lists and explains how his experience within the live event industry can help you with choosing the right keynote speaker at your next event!

[PODCAST EP06] Production and Staffing in Live Events with Joe Mertz

In episode 6, listen in as Stephen Bowles and Clem Harrod ask Joe Mertz to reveal how his innovation came from necessity. Joe Mertz is a veteran leader in the production industry and heads two separate companies. Joe chats with…

Gear Guide: Assistant Stage Manager Essentials

What gear should every assistant stage manager have in their backpacks? Ashley Hibbert's explains what you should have with you backstage at all times!

[PODCAST EP05] Directing Live Sports with Greg Hartung

In Episode 5 of The Production Channel, Stephen Bowles and Clem Harrod discuss life in the live sports realm with Orlando Magic Broadcast Director, Greg Hartung. With over 35 years of experience stemming from local television news and sports, Greg…

Life in Production – Standing Out in a Crowd

Clem Harrod explains how his personal brand and work ethic have helped him become more productive and efficient in his work in the live event industry

[PODCAST EP22] A Private Channel Conversation with Health Insurance Sales Advisor, Jessica Straw

Written by: Lesroy Louard The production industry, is seemingly broad and daunting to navigate. At times you just need an inside connection, to land that perfect gig, or steer you in the right direction.This podcast equips you, as an independent contractor with the tools necessary to keep your pockets, and your health in a positive direction. Say hello, to Jessica…

[PODCAST EP21 Part 1 & 2] Health Insurance 101 with Healthcare Resolution Analyst, Neidre Hines

Written by: Lesroy Louard In this 2 Part Private Channel podcast episode, Clem Harrod sits down with Neidre Hines; in what could be portrayed as “the insider” releasing “hidden” healthcare secrets. As a healthcare resolution analyst, Hines provides understanding for claims and disputes, and de-escalates situations that are typically intense and frustrating for the patient. She has seen every pitfall,…
Tech Director, Roger Desmond

[PODCAST EP20] Managing Expectations with Technical Director, Roger Desmond

Written by: Lesroy Louard Roger Desmond, Technical Director and Staging Supervisor, momentarily takes us on the journey of how he landed his dream career. Wicked (New York), NBC’s The Sound of Music and The Whiz live; he is the unsung hero of a handful of your favorite broadway and television productions. Desmond recounts how the industry has made him feel…

The Unseen – Bridal Shackles

Written by: Troy Liptak-Grilli The photo above is the first in a series of photographs that I’ve set out to shoot whilst on the road and on showsite. I feel as though our roles are ones that are not documented enough, especially through the lens of art. Our work is what is beheld, but our jobs are not. Very few…
EP19 Bobbi Grant

[PODCAST EP19] A Private Channel Conversation with Bookkeeper & Budgeting Specialist, Bobbi Grant

Written by: Ashley Davis This week, we're leaving the chatter of the Production Channel and switching over to the Private Channel. This series, within the Production Channel Blog and Podcast, is meant to be an educational tool for independent contractors in the Live Event Production Industry. Here, we will speak to Bobbi Grant, a bookkeeper specializing int he QuickBooks format,…
EP 18 Beth Forbes

[PODCAST EP18] From the Farm to the Ballroom with Project Manager, Beth Forbes

Written by: Ashley Davis The moment Beth Forbes realized Live Event Production was something she wanted to pursue, she was twelve years old and tangled up in rope, trying to stop a 200 lb. disco ball from falling on a stage full of dancing actors. She was successful and walked away from the experience wide-eyed, full of adrenaline, and thinking,…

[PODCAST EP17] Happy Rigging with Brent Armstrong

Written by: Ashley Davis We’re live on show site in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil during this episode of the production channel, as hosts Clem Harrod and Stephen Bowles speak with Brent Armstrong, owner of Alpine Rigging. A self-described “reformed mountain climber,” Brent spent over a decade of his life devoted to climbing before diving into the live event industry as…

The Similarities Between Worship and Corporate Event Production

Comparing and contrasting the differences and similarities of working behind the scenes at corporate and worship events and services.

[PODCAST EP16] From the Perspective of a Producer & Project Lead w/ Max Monsegue

Written by: Ashley Davis Max Monsegue, a Producer and Project Lead, has been in the live event production industry for 22 years. As Max puts it, this industry is “something you don’t really know exists until you fall into it,” which she did while studying Art and Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology (F.I.T.) in New York. At the…

How This Freelancer Obtained Health Coverage Without Breaking The Bank

Written by: Dave Divis   Let's face it. Healthcare in the U.S. is a mess. The current politcal climate in Washington provides little assurance that anything will change in the foreseeable future. Many of us that freelance in the broadcast/live events/corporate-convention production industry are between the proverbial rock and hard place. We make more than the maximum amount allowed to…
Tucker McFall Camera

[PODCAST EP15] Camera Operators in the Big Leagues with Tucker McFall

   Author: Leizl Bala As we exit baseball season and ramp up into basketball season, host Clem Harrod sits down with sports camera operator, Tucker McFall, in this 15th episode of The Production Channel. Tucker lives a gypsy lifestyle of shooting camera at multiple sports venues, and he gives us his view on how he makes it all balance out.…

[PODCAST EP14] The Importance of a Support System in the Live Event Industry with Kirk Garreans

Author: Leizl Bala It wasn’t long ago that Kirk Garreans, owner of ALP Design & Production, spent up to 300 days on the road working corporate shows in the live event production industry. However, one day in the Fall of 2015, results of medical tests changed his whole life. Kirk was diagnosed with stage four cancer affecting his bladder, and…

Planning and Producing TEDx Orlando

Written by: Miles McCreery Shoflo.tv is always looking for ways to better connect with their clients, learn how their software is being used and create a better live event experience. This past June, Shoflo partnered with TEDx Orlando to immerse themselves in the creative process. Employees from marketing, sales, and development all were on hand at the event helping in the…

Working in the Production Industry

Written by: Miles McCreery Getting Started There are many reasons why someone wants to get started in the live events industry, most aren’t for the fame though. Getting started in the live events industry is never the same for any two people, for some it is hard and others seem to fall into it by accident. Some have a crazy passion…

[BACKSTAGE PASS EP2] Part TWO: The Production of Lighting Design with Richard Dunn

Author and content coordinator: Miles McCreery Shot & Edited by: James Leslie of Lesliemania Production Services Backstage Pass: The Production Channel is back with Episode two PART 2 of Backstage Pass with Richard Dunn. If you're a long time fan of The Production Channel you'll be familiar with his past podcasts and posts! Tune in and listen to Clem Harrod…

[BACKSTAGE PASS EP2] Part 1: The Production & Design of Corporate Lighting with Richard Dunn

Authors: Clem Harrod & Miles McCreery Shot & Edited by: James Leslie of Lesliemania Production Services Backstage Pass Episode 2: This week Clem Harrod goes backstage of a corporate convention with Richard Dunn. Richard is an industry leading Lighting Designer with Dunn Lights. You may remember him from Episode 1 of the Production Channel Podcast or from his articles The Importance of Keynote…

[VIDEO] – Understanding BYU’s scripting workflow with Shoflo

Bryce is responsible for planning and running the shows and in-game production elements for BYU’s football and basketball teams including in-arena and on-court video boards, time outs and half-time video boards.

[PODCAST EP13] Corporate Audio Design with Billy Walsh

We’re all ears this week at The Production Channel as Clem Harrod interviews long-time audio designer, Billy Walsh. Billy is an industry staple in the corporate event world with almost 40 years of audio experience, and due to his positive energy and solid work ethic, everybody knows when Billy Walsh is in the room. Billy got his start in the…

[BACKSTAGE PASS EP1] Part 2: Golden State Warriors Arena with Phil Hastings

Authors: Clem Harrod & Miles McCreery Shot by: Melvin LeGrand Edited by: Jason Dewberry of 7D Productions Backstage Pass: We're back again with The Production Channel's second part of being backstage at Oracle Arena with Phil Hastings, the Senior Director of Operations. This week's episode Clem Harrod is sitting court side with Phil and discussing who owns what aspects of the experience…

[BACKSTAGE PASS EP1] Golden State Warriors Arena with Phil Hastings

Authors: Clem Harrod & Miles McCreery Shot by: Melvin LeGrand Edited by: Jason Dewberry of 7D Productions Backstage Pass: This week The Production Channel's own Clem Harrod goes backstage at Oracle Arena with Phil Hastings, the Director of Operations. Oracle Arena is the home court of the Golden State Warriors and Clem gets an exclusive walkthrough to see how Phil Hastings and…

[PODCAST EP12] The story of Shoflo with Stephen Bowles

The table is turned in this week’s episode of The Production Channel as Clem focuses the interview on fellow host, Stephen Bowles. Stephen is the Founder and CEO of Shoflo, a software platform developed for production teams as a more efficient way to create rundowns and productions schedules. About 15 years ago, Stephen originally wanted to become the next big…

Industry Highlight: SVG Venue Initiative White Paper

Author: Rick Price Industry Highlight: There are thousands of venues and hundreds of professional live event productions carried out across America daily. These productions are put together by different sized teams and with different amounts of infrastructure and support, some are from mobile-production-units, while others are in-venue control rooms. Outside of where the event is being produced from, there are even…

[PODCAST EP11] Inspiring and Succeeding as a Keynote Speaker with Mark Sanborn

In episode 11, listen in as Stephen Bowles and Clem Harrod speak with keynote speaker Mark Sanborn, about his 30+ years as a professional speaker and author.

Life in Production – Finding that Model Image

Written by: Clem Harrod Inspired by: “Take Me to the Alley” by Gregory Porter When I was a young Stagehand and Camera Utility just starting in this industry, I was constantly looking for guidance. I was constantly looking for someone to show me the way. I was searching for someone who could see my strengths and weaknesses and show me where…

[PODCAST EP10] Video Technician Training for Live Events with Bob Murdock

In episode 10, listen in as Stephen Bowles and Clem Harrod talk to Bob Murdock about his work with Evolve Media Group in their academy program where he helps educate the next group of high quality video techs for the live event industry.

Why

Written by: Richard Dunn Plane lands. Tram to baggage, shuttle to car, car to home. Hugged my wife. I wonder why. Luggage on the floor, laundry to the washer, dried, folded, back in the suitcase. Sneak to my daughters room and kiss her while she sleeps. I wonder why. Bed by midnight back up at six, tools still in the…

[PODCAST EP09] A Holistic Approach to Managing the Stage with Jon Allen

In episode 9, listen in as Stephen Bowles and Clem Harrod talk to Jon Allen about his experience directing and calling live shows. Jon Allen is a techincal director, show caller and owner of Technical Designs. Listen in and learn about Jon's holistic approach to the live event industry and how he manages to be a dedicated father and freelancer.

How to Hire the Right People with Dondi Sanchez

Dondi Sanchez shares and explains his easy to follow pathway that he uses when hiring the right people for his production company

[PODCAST EP08] Show Calling for Theater and Corporate Events with Judie Kavanagh

In episode 8, listen in as Stephen Bowles and Clem Harrod talk to Judie Kavanagh about her transition from show calling live theater to corporate events! Judie Kavanagh is a leader in her industry with over 15 years experience and is a long time Production Channel Fan! Listen in and learn how Judie balances her family life, her work life…

Life in Production – Finding Your “Perfect” Convergence

Written by: Clem Harrod Inspired by: “Painted on Canvas” by Gregory Porter Wikipedia defines Geometry as a branch of mathematics that deals with shapes, size, relative position of figures, and the properties of space. A mathematician who works in the field of geometry is called a Geometer. In the field of Live Event Production, this person is called a Projectionist. As a video…

[PODCAST EP07] Seizing Opportunities in Live Events with Dave Nuckolls

In episode 7, join the conversation as Stephen, Clem and Dave Nuckolls discuss about how being ready for anything is the key to success in the production world and that ultimately putting family first is a priority in this crazy business.

The Importance of Keynote Speakers with Richard Dunn

Richard Dunn lists and explains how his experience within the live event industry can help you with choosing the right keynote speaker at your next event!

[PODCAST EP06] Production and Staffing in Live Events with Joe Mertz

In episode 6, listen in as Stephen Bowles and Clem Harrod ask Joe Mertz to reveal how his innovation came from necessity. Joe Mertz is a veteran leader in the production industry and heads two separate companies. Joe chats with the guys and explains how he continuously juggles his responsibilities amongst his family and all the Mertz Madness.

Gear Guide: Assistant Stage Manager Essentials

What gear should every assistant stage manager have in their backpacks? Ashley Hibbert's explains what you should have with you backstage at all times!

[PODCAST EP05] Directing Live Sports with Greg Hartung

In Episode 5 of The Production Channel, Stephen Bowles and Clem Harrod discuss life in the live sports realm with Orlando Magic Broadcast Director, Greg Hartung. With over 35 years of experience stemming from local television news and sports, Greg chats with the guys about directing live sports, putting together a great game day broadcast and reminisces about his roots…

Life in Production – Standing Out in a Crowd

Clem Harrod explains how his personal brand and work ethic have helped him become more productive and efficient in his work in the live event industry