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Production Manager Case Study : maddalena deichmann

maddalena deichmann

A case study provided by maddalena deichmann, a Production Manager listed on Mandy Theatre Professionals UK.

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Question 1: What is the most rewarding aspect of working as a Production Manager?
What I love about being a production manager - aside from fulfilling any god complex I might have - is knowing that I can influence every aspect of a production and insuring that with my team I can create the best possible environment for the magic of art to happen.
Question 2: What are the key skills required to be an effective Production Manager?
You need to be able to look at the larger picture and care about the smallest detail at the same time; you have to know how to relate to people and find the best way to get a job done.
Question 3: Do you see your role as a natural step on a career ladder, and if so what is the next rung?
I really love this job and I might want to stick with it for a while, but I think for me the next natural step would be theatre director or manager of an art complex.
Question 4: How did you work your way into your current role?
I come from stage management, and it became natural at one point in my career to worry about the rest of the planning and organizing that goes in a production, season or repertoire.
Question 5: How much do you think networking helps towards landing a job in the industry?
I think networking can be really helpful, but only if you have the skills to back it up. It is always a good idea to keep good relationships with people you work with in the industry (as you never know where they might end up) and not to burn bridges.
Question 6: Do you think you will be working in the industry in the next five years, and if so in what capacity?
I am in an interesting phase of my life right now and I might very well change paths in the next few years, but I think my connection with the entertainment industry will always be a part of my life, whether I stay in theatre, in which case I might be working as head of a small company, or not.
Question 7: Please describe what a typical day working as a Production Manager might contain?
A Production Manager has to, by definition, manag and juggle different productions at one time. Typically I spend my days planning for a production in the far future, managing connections and planning for a show in pre-production, booking vendors and contracting people, looking at plans and design plots and eventually going into the theatre to check on the show currently running or in technical rehearsals. It can be a long and tiresome day, but it's filled with excitement - good and bad.
Question 8: Have you done any additional training courses to further your career?
in addition to my studies at the universities I attended I mostly learned by doing. I took some additional courses in things such as fire safety and first-aid to keep up to date in case of an emergency, and I read industry magazines, blogs and other publications. Mostly I discuss with colleagues about new technologies and/or production strategies.
Question 9: How important is working for free at the beginning of your career?
it is extremely important for several reasons; on one hand you'll have the opportunity to learn things while having someone to guide you and by doing them, on another hand it's a very important networking tool: if you work with someone and you impress them with your good work, they might be happy to hire you next time, or to recommend you for another gig.