Technical artists have a unique perspective. We see some of the most important events in people’s lives like weddings, funerals, and graduations. We get to take part in these stories, not just watching, but helping make them happen.
When I was in college, I worked as a sound tech for my school’s worship department. This involved running sound for classes, rehearsals, recitals and concerts. I got to be a fly on the wall for some amazing moments.
Some of my favorite events were the senior songwriting recitals. During these recitals, the student would showcase the songs they’d written, telling the story behind the song in between. There were all kinds of stories – journeys of losing loved ones, discerning God’s will and direction, and other stories of triumph and suffering. Even now, songwriter showcases are some of my favorite events to produce.
I spent a lot of time watching events like this and over the years I learned a few things about how special it is to be part of them.
You play a part in making these moment’s happen
Special events give you a short glimpse into someone else’s life and story. The most amazing part is you’re not just watching, you make it happen. You help tell someone’s story, and are an active part of it. We have the unique privilege to serve others in some of the most important events of their lives.
Remember what people are going through
People are at an event for a reason. It could be to celebrate an amazing moment or to mourn the unexpected loss of a loved one. Some people will be happy, some sad, some may just feel awkward. Every person at the event is feeling something different.
Go above and beyond as you serve. Talk and connect with people as you setup mics and other parts of the event. As you work, be mindful of how someone might feel and act accordingly.
Let people focus on what the event is about. They want these events to run smoothly and distraction-free so they can focus on why they’re at the event – to spend time with friends and family. Sometimes the best thing you can do is work quickly and do your job with excellence.
Working with excellence honors others
There’s one particular funeral that always stands out in my mind. It was about as straightforward as a funeral can be: just a few mics for pastors and family members. It went smoothly too, no glitches or issues. The part that sticks out to me was after the service, when someone came to talk to me.
He was an older gentleman. I had seen him before but didn’t know him very well. He came over to thank me for my work. He shook my hand, looked me directly in the eye and thanked me for how smoothly the service went. He must’ve been used to frequent tech glitches and simply having the service run smoothly meant a lot to him.
The lesson I learned here is even in the most mundane events we run, our work can make a difference. I did nothing special other than make sure the mics were unmuted at the right times and didn’t sound bad. I did a good job and it blessed someone else. No matter how easy or simple it seems, your work has the power to enhance other people’s experience. When we work with excellence, we honor and respect others.
Engage in what’s going on around you
The most important lesson I’ve learned is don’t miss what’s happening in front of you. We have the opportunity to watch someone’s life change before our eyes. We get to be part of someone else’s story.
It’s easy for us to check out when we’re doing our work, especially if it’s a simple service or event. Keep your head up and pay attention. Look for ways you can serve others and enhance the experience.
Let these moments shape and change you. God is moving in people’s lives through the services and events we produce. Don’t miss an opportunity to witness God at work around you and through you.