Hiring the Creative Staff - Not for the faint of heart

If you don’t like interviewing people (like me), then perhaps you should not be in show business.

This is not something that I anticipated. As both writers and producers, we are interviewing *everyone*. General managers, directors, choreographers, set designers, casting director, music director, public relations… the list goes on and on. It’s an exhausting and humbling process. What questions do you ask? How do you interview a choreographer when you know nothing about dance?

Fortunately, it’s not just us, the writers. Craig (our director) takes the lead and is SUPER engaged, and for that we thank him immensely.

But still, we want to make the right choices for our show. And so you review set design drawings, watch choreography reels, read show reviews, call up friends who have worked with the candidate… all in a (hopefully not futile!) attempt to predict the future.

I suppose that if we just get nice, collaborative people then everything will be OK. Nice, but not too nice (because we all know that a show where everyone is always agreeing on everything will be terrible). Professionals. With respect. Ideally, with proof that they’ve done a show like “Black Hole Wedding” before. Something zany, satirical, funny.

And then you say ‘let’s hire them’ and your heart skips a beat.

Deep breaths. Deep breaths.

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