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Iana Komarnytska

Performance Check-List

Do you have a performance checklist for your shows? How many times did you forget something important when being rushed to leave your home only because preparation took much longer than you expected? In order to avoid all those mini dramas, I’ve created a performance check-list, so that I don’t need to rely on my memory each time, but can simply go through it every time I’m getting ready.

 

  1. Address: First of all I need to know where I’m going. This will give me information on HOW I’m getting there (car or public transport, etc.), and how much in advance I need to LEAVE. Also, if I have more than one gig during the night, that would determine the maximum possible delay with each performance. Don’t forget to account for possible traffic because it may be different at various points of the day. Luckily Google maps gives you an opportunity to choose specific time of the route, and see an average range of time that it may take at a specific time.
  2. Transportation: Do I need to rent a car? Would it be necessary to ask someone to drive me and assist in case I have multiple shows back to back? If I’m going on public transport, do I have passes/cash change, or should I plan extra time to drop by the store and get it ready?
  3. Music edit: I always put my playlist into one continuous track. This way DJs will never confuse the order of songs because there are not many options :) Also, I can control how long pauses between songs are: do I need a few extra seconds to put my prop away, or should these songs blend into each other without even a stop, etc.
  4. Music delivery: Always, all three devices are with me: CD, USB, and phone with uploaded music. Even in the situations when I was told to bring just CD, or just USB, having my music on a backup device saved my life many time. Since recently, I also start putting music on Dropbox (or Google drive) in case someone need to access tracks urgently and download directly on their computer/phone, as well as preparing one more USB just in case. The last one is super helpful especially if you have several performances within one evening. You never know if the DJ returns back your USB, or someone else’s that just looks like yours. It’s definitely not the best surprise to discover such mistake once you arrive to your next venue.
  5. Costumes: Ironed, hooks checked, hanging and prepared in costume covers.
  6. Props: Think through your program dance by dance. What props are you using during your show?
  7. Shoes: This part applies not only to the performance itself, but also as a comfortable change shoes that you can wear between your change room and the performance area. We don’t always have an ideal situation that everything is close to each other, plus you probably don’t want to wait barefoot on some cold floor in case there are any unpredictable delays.
  8. Make up essentials: usually I have a foundation, powder, neutral eyeshadow palette (black & beige), mascara, eyelashes glue and a few make-up brushes. Plus a small mirror. :)
  9. Hair: spray, pins, elastics, or whatever else you usually use for your performance hairstyle.
  10. Miscellaneous: pins, small sewing set, scissors.
  11. Costume cover.
  12. Water & some snacks.
  13. Business cards.
  14. Short info for MC: It’s very common to have an MC asking you last minute on how you’d like to be introduced. I often have one-two sentences prepared on my phone notes, so that I can simply message this text to the person. This way I don’t worry about trying to find a pen and a piece of paper, or hoping that he will figure out your hand writing, or memorize your last name.

 

Have a nice show! :)

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