The Intern Perspective: Kelly Bristow on Source 2014
Learning and adventures? Now that’s a great internship! Kelly Bristow is our super-savvy-Set Design Intern. Here’s a little from Kelly on her experience with Source 2014…
I’m a set design intern. I do sets. I like designing them, I like building them, and the smell of saw dust is one of my favorites. I was prepared for all that. I was more surprised to find out I’d be an assistant stage manager for the 18 ten minute plays. This is my first time being an ASM and I had no idea what to expect. Turns out I love it, just as much as I love sets. Who knew I’d find so much satisfaction in organizing a prop table? You hear about people who want a job where every day it’s different, well here every minute is different and the energy you get from that is amazing. The acceleration you feel stepping off stage after a perfectly smooth transition, the satisfaction of sweeping up the last of the dust, or the cake, or the dirt which marks the end of the night, having someone ask you to do something and being able to answer that it’s already been done- it might sound a little ridiculous, but there’s always a bounce in my step when I’m back stage here.
Of course things get stressful sometimes. We have how many people running around trying to make each of their very different jobs somehow all fit in and work together in a way that is seamless and fluid and makes the story not only understandable but powerful. Sometimes the gaff goes missing, and sometimes the Kool-Aid spills farther then you want it to and yes, that dirt is going to get everywhere and no it can’t be completely off by the next show, but I honestly don’t mind those things, even as I’m complaining about them. The chaos is my favorite part.