When we’re spending all day at that console or at front of house with our programmer, there’s always that “little black bag” full of survival gear that we need to have to “survive.”
You know what I’m talking about.
It’s that kit that you never forget to put into your suitcase or laptop bag, and sometimes it’s a large portion of the suitacase or laptop bag – full of flash drives, console software, 1.44 floppies (if you’re a Hog guy like me), gum, granola bars, etc.
What’s your lighting designer/programmer kit made up of?
Mine is sometimes complicated, sometimes simple. I have one large group of stuff that I try to modify for each away venue if I have the luxury:
- Chewy granola bars, the peanut kind
- 2 X 1GB and 2X 2GB flash drives, with my WYSIWYG and Vectorworks dongles
- USB Lava Lamp, because it rocks
It’s the one that ESP Vision was giving away at 2006’s LDI in Vegas
- 2 yellowpads for notes, lots of fine point sharpies
- Nalgene bottle
- Coffee mug
- various cables – USB, FireWire, iPhone/iPod charge cable and adaptor, network cable
- iPod and iPhone
- laptop and charger, obviously
- 40GB USB HDD
- The Pill Pack:
Ibuprofen for the headaches
Naproxen for the backaches
Melatonin for when you HAVE to sleep, under the FOH riser
- an LED gooseneck lamp – like the one they sell for clamping onto a grill
- converted LED Maglite
How about you folks? What’s your FOH kit like? Please, post in the comments below. I really want to know!
Extra points for images of your FOH kits’ contents. Email me, I’ll throw them into a post.