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Life in Production – Losing Yourself on the Road

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Written by: Clem Harrod

What I love about life in production is–we’re never alone. Though we may think we are alone as a tech or a solo-preneur, we actually aren’t. We are all husbands, fathers, sons, daughters, mothers, wives, out here doing our jobs. Another way to look at it, we are all brothers and sisters.

There aren’t many people who can understand what we do and what we deal with on a constant basis. The road, the show, the hotel, the airport, the life… The life we leave behind… The stress…

But, that’s only OUR perspective. What about that of our significant others, our families, our friends? Think about what they deal with…image1

We are traveling artists and professionals doing what we love and making a good living. But, for WHOM are we living?

I am reminded of a conversation I had with Andrew Douglas of Touch Light & Media. He said, “Let’s not lie to ourselves… We do this because we love it.” That statement was in regard to us working so many hours to provide a life, a home, for our families.

If you love what you do, and you’re successful at it, you want to live in that environment. You thrive there. You’re happy… I can admit, there are times where I feel more successful on the road than I do at home. On the road, I have a job to do, a task, and I knock it out of the park. People love it! I receive praise. Then, after a while the praises stop. Not because my work has diminished, but because that is the quality of work I provide. It’s my standard. I can take ownership of that and be proud.

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Now on the other side of that coin, is home–the task not completed, the task not up to the standards of the ones I love. What do I do with that? Do I stay and work harder, or do I escape to a place where I know I am successful? I used to escape. Then, the road life felt more comfortable than the one at home. That’s not right!

I challenge everyone, reading this article, to find that brother or sister who empathizes with you. Someone who is traveling this journey and living this life. Someone that gets you. Use that person as a support system. Lean on each other to become stronger.

Now, find someone to look up to. Someone who’s living the life you want to live. Use that person as a role model. A mentor. A bench mark. A projected image. Now troubleshoot your way through to that projected image and achieve greatness! You can do it. You can be successful. You can enjoy the show of your life…

 


 Clem Harrod is the Owner and Chief Projection Officer of CLEMCO.AV. He has over 20 Years in Live Event Production, including 15 Years in Corporate Events, 15 Years with the Orlando Magic, and 4 Years with Florida State University and Seminole Productions. Clem is a proud husband and father who resides in Tampa, Florida.

Are you a Technician looking to increase your understanding and wanting tools to aid your success in and outside of the ballroom? If so, view the Educate page of the CLEMCO.AV website. There you will find the Human Resources you need to live well and prosper.

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8 Comments
    • James D.
    • January 26, 2017
    Reply

    Brother,

    Very nice read. It allows us to look at the life of people who travel a lot for work and love what they do through an organic lens. Keep writing; keep growing; keep inspiring; keep being.

      • Clem Harrod, CLEMCO.AV
      • March 13, 2017
      Reply

      Good Brother, you know I will! Continue to be encouraged as you encourage others…

    • Delores Sinclair
    • January 18, 2017
    Reply

    Very insightful! Thanks for sharing.

      • Clem Harrod, CLEMCO.AV
      • March 13, 2017
      Reply

      Thank you for reading Delores. If you have any stories you’d like to write and share, please submit them.

  1. Reply

    Great article Clem! Good food for thought.

      • Clem Harrod, CLEMCO.AV
      • March 13, 2017
      Reply

      Thank you Shane! Please continue to enjoy the “Chatter”.

    • Tim Kuschel
    • January 11, 2017
    Reply

    Clem,
    Nice article. Since I have transitioned to being home more, I noticed that my wife will stay up until our kids come home from work, dates or school activities. I usually am out by 11pm.
    One time she asked me, “How can you just go to sleep not knowing if your kids are home safe?”
    I replied, “For twenty years I’ve gone to sleep somewhere other than my own bed, trusting that you and the kids were safe. If I worried everyday I wasn’t home, I could not do my job…or I’d be dead.”

      • Clem Harrod, CLEMCO.AV
      • March 13, 2017
      Reply

      Wow Tim! That’s a good point. I am in a similar place. In my absence, my wife manages the home-life very well! I am always amazed by her ability to be super mom, super wife, and super business owner, etc. Because of her track record, I know she can handle the load. I just feel bad leaving her to do it.

 

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