Tips on Working Cross-Culturally in Entertainment

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Tips on Working Cross-Culturally in Entertainment

Working in different countries and among different cultures can be hard. Yet many of us in the entertainment industry dive into it and end up touring shows and creating events in and/or relocating to foreign countries to work as performers, technicians, or managers.  No matter how qualified you are or how much experience you have under your belt, working cross-culturally can make you feel like a novice. What works at home doesn’t necessarily work in a foreign country, so teams and individuals are forced to adapt, compromise, and find creative solutions to get the job done. Here are some tips for those crossing borders to put on a show: 1. Do not have expectations of how someone will deliver on a role they have been allocated. Many jobs mean different things in different locations, and because there is no standard baseline definition of what a “stage manager” or a “technical director” does, don’t be surprised when a person implemen...
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