The past year and a half has been very busy for me. I have worked on so many shows I can't count them all. I have also learned alot, massive, from my mentor. Sometimes I get to work on her shows and assist her in paiting, model making, learning how to improve my drafting, by hand mind you, and countless other things. This has been a great experience! She also helps me when I am in a bind and critiques some of the work I do. The critiques are most helpful and they help me learn new ideas and better myself.
A month or so ago I was given the chance to intern at a multimillion dollar budgeted theatre, was rated top five 'Best Theares' in the United States from Time Magazine, overseeing design and construction and working with the resident set designer! Unfortunately, I had to decline the offer. Then, this morning a theatre company offered me a resident set design position! I also had to decline the offer too. Reasons being? Two right off the top of my head. Number one, it seems as though the set designer needs to start building the sets as well as designing them with very little pay, we can thank the economy for this. Number two, the pay is very little in general and one cannot support themselves without living on food stamps and living under a bridge. I have to work a full time job, 40 hours per week, with health benefits and do set design, on the side as a hobby, to avoid this.
So at the end of the day you have to ask yourself:
What am I doing this for? Pay, personal growth, voulnteer, networking possibilities, an award, to impress others, or another reason. It looks like I am in this for personal growth as a designer, to know I can design the best stage set possible given my budget.
Enjoy reading my encounters in and around theatre set design.