It is the job of the mixer to be the leader at the load-in. The mixer is expected to have the answers and if he doesn’t, then it is his job to get them as quickly as possible. It is not the job of the mixer to physically load the show in. A crew is hired to load the show in. It is the mixer’s job to stay one or two steps ahead of the load-in crew so that, as they finish one task, another is lined up and ready for them to start. Usually the load-in crew is not part of the build crew, so they have no knowledge of the system that is being loaded-in. It is always a good idea to have a house person on the show build, but it doesn’t always happen. If you have a house person on the build, he or she can keep you from making big mistakes. ...

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