Some of the attraction to the theater and live entertainment industry is the intimacy you can develop with people in a very short period of time. If you’re on tour or you’re involved in a long-term project, you already know what I’m talking about. Your co-workers become your second family, may turn into some of your best friends, or develop into something more serious.
Here’s the problem: one person’s line stops at friends and another person’s line doesn’t stop.
I recently listened to a Radio Lab series of podcasts, In the No, and became much more aware of situations where that line is crossed.
If you haven’t listened to this Podcast, do yourself a favor and listen. As stage hands and live entertainment professionals, we owe it to ourselves and our friends to get educated on how to communicate effectively with people offstage just as much as we pride ourselves in communicating onstage.