You live and you learn, but the show must go on…
November 9th the big production day was finally here. I was excited, nervous and anticipating the best. We had three dynamic host and a studio audience with participants from The Washington Metropolitan High School, Woodrow Wilson Senior High School as well as Duke Ellington School of the Arts.
I committed hundred of hours over the last few months to ensure that every element was perfect.
The students were in the green rooms being prepped, the talent was in hair and make-up and RA The MC was doing a sound check.
It was 11 am. show-time was in less than 30 minutes. Director Curt and I were discussing final elements of the show, when someone came into the control room to say “We’re having audio issues”.
“No, No, No, this can’t be happening,” is what I said to myself.
I rushed to the audio booth.
The technician informed me that RA The MC couldn’t hear herself out the monitor. He said he couldn’t separate the music that’s coming from DJ Illa Jams and the audio from her Mic.
I took a moment to myself. Then politely asked him to fix it now!
By 12:15 pm the camera’s were rolling.
The studio audience was amazing!
The performers were astonishing! Special thanks to RA The MC and Maimouna Youssef’s.
It was soon 5pm and the WGDC production day was over.
Wow, I was now an executive producer.
After, I pinched myself to ensure that I was not dreaming, it was time to get back to work.
I learned some valuable lessons that day.
Now, I needed to focus on editing and prepare for the shows on November 30th.