Your first concert design will probably be for a local promoter, a college, or a local band. This stage of building a reputation and, more importantly, building confidence in yourself usually puts you into the type of show where the artist has no touring equipment and probably has a very sketchy rider that gives a stage plan (probably nothing like what they are currently touring), and maybe a basic color chart. You may not even get to “call” the headliner, only the opening act.

So, what are you to do? First, go to the promoter and find out how much can be spent on equipment rental. Second, consider the facility where you will be doing the show. Does it have the required (or hoped for) number of follow spots? If not, it will ...

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