July 9, 2009

Posted in Beginnings, Education, Ketchup at 7:57 pm by nedbun

I am beginning to realize how much work this is going to be… but I’ll do my best to catch up before the summer is over (I’m starting to freak out at how close that is).


Working at All Access Staging & Productions has been pretty kick ass. I came in to a very welcoming atmosphere where I was given responsibilities pretty quickly and tested on many skill levels. I feel that, despite the opinion of many, my education has prepared me immensely for this job. The high-paced environment and wealth of knowledge that needs to be at hand at any given time is something that I’ve been trained to do very well at CMU. It’s incredible when I think about where I would be if it weren’t for all the advancements and growth I’ve made since I started school.

All Access

The front of the building is ornamented with a giant aluminum sculpture, that which they call the “Madonna Tree.” It was pretty predictable since I had already visited Tait Towers and seen the “landscaping” there, although I have to admit I like this better.

The company is divided between two buildings; Fabrication & Operations and Rentals. My “office” is in this building, which is the main building for the company. The small upstairs portion of the building houses the accounting department and the CEO’s, Clive Forrester, office. Clive, who is a Brit, is pretty awesome and very personable. He’s the kind of guy you want to work for. Also, as a side note, he has a treadmill set into the floor under his desk, as do several of those who work in the accounting department. It’s kind of odd to think of it at first, but it’s pretty cool if you’re into that kind of thing.

My Desk

Anyway, downstairs in the main building are two designated set-up areas, storage, the shop floor, and the production offices where my “office” is. This summer I got my own company computer although I don’t have my own version of Vectorworks… just a viewer, which sucks in a time crunch, but I don’t like Vectorworks anyway…

Of course, I decorated my desk with some Married to the Sea comics, my Adam West photo, and two of my favorite albums. I won’t lie, most of these are recycled from last summer. (BY THE WAY, that is my snazzy new polka dot lunchbox! I have been looking for a good lunchbox for a while now. There it is. No more plastic bag lunches for me!)

I’ve had plenty to do from day one. A week into my internship, one of my bosses went on vacation for 2 weeks… It was a little odd to have the shift in command happen so quickly, but it really gave me a chance to get to know all the guys on the shop floor and everyone else in the building that I may need to talk to. These days, I’m pretty much BFF with everyone. Mostly because I understand what everyone does and I’ve actually done a lot of the work these guys are doing myself at some point. It’s great to have hands on knowledge. I realize more and more that an alarming number of the higher ups in this industry don’t have that on their belt. Thanks, CMU.

Among things that have ended up on my desk so far; Relocating the cutting and cleaning departments, The Black Eyed Peas, Chris Isaak, Chris Cornell, Lil’ Wayne, Keri Hilson, American Idol, Nickelback, No Doubt, Red Bull, Monster, Ne-Yo, Journey, Toby Keith, & Kenny Chesney. I’m sure I’m forgetting some, but those are the ones I remember off the top of my head.

So far, I love working at All Access. It’s odd because they don’t really have project managers at all, which I think is largely why I’ve been accepted so quickly. I’m doing quite well. We’ll see how it goes for the remainder of my time. I’m not sure if this is the job I want to stay with after I graduate, but the connections to Production Management on tours is definitely there if I choose to take that route. All in all, great decision and an even better learning experience.

Traffic to and from work isn’t too bad. It’s not nearly as bad as everyone was telling me it was going to be. I usually get up around 6:00 am and am out of the house a little before 7:00 am so I don’t have to rush if I hit some minor traffic. It usually takes me about 45 minutes to get to work and an hour to get home mostly because going to work I’m going against traffic for most of the way, but that is definitely not the case when I’m coming home. I do, however, get to pass a pretty great landmark on the way home every day;

Bad News Bears

It makes me smile every time.


Even when I do catch traffic, it’s not too bad. I really like the landscape here so I often just space out or take pictures of the scenery. It’s quite the sight. At least I think so.

At the end of the day, when I get home I feel like I actually did work and that my time wasn’t wasted, which is really great. I love that.

It has been a wonderful summer. Thank God.


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