While the extroverts (the musicians/entertainers) are on stage picking' and grinning' and generally hamming it up for the fans, there is a flurry of activity going on behind the scenes that the crowd isn't generally aware of. I'm referring to the promoter, the guy who puts up the money and the expertise to make these shows happen. Most of the good ones are entrepreneurs of the highest order. They are risk takers. Why do they do it? Because it's their job. I haven't met many who love or even want to be in the limelight. The infamous promoter from the 1970's, Bill Graham was the exception. His profile was an important part of making Filmore East and West a success.
This isn't the case with our favourite promoter, Shaun Pilot. Shaun is not one to walk on stage and introduce an act. He'll do that from the sound booth and let the artist bask in the attention.
As I mentioned in my previous post, our recent tour of Northern Ontario was one of the best musical experiences of my life. I'm sure the other entertainers would agree it was a highlight for them as well. Shaun was the real reason why it was a success. This makes sense when you consider he has produced almost 3000 shows in his career, much of it in Montreal and some it it in New York and elsewhere. Most of it in the big leagues. In other words, he's a big time operator who has shown affection and commitment to our show. How lucky are we!
There is so much to consider when listing his duties and responsibilities. I've spoken to him often about how he spends his day and if I was to write out a job description looking for someone to do what he does, I doubt there'd be many people qualified.
Wanted, man or woman, middle aged preferred, with good judgement, politically astute, a calm demeanour when the world is falling apart around him/her, must have very thick skin to deal with erratic and irrational artists and theatre managers, must be willing to work 12+ hour days, must demonstrate the patience of Job and wait often days for people to call you back, must be computer savvy, must have an intimate knowledge of all the social media platforms, must be experienced as a marketing mogul, must have an impeccable reputation with few burnt bridges in their wake, must be able to tolerate any and all kinds of music or entertainment, must be able to satisfy the whim of emotionally challenged divas who demand pickles and peanut butter (or "I won't go on"), must be more organized than NASA, must never take anything personally, must have an understanding of his industry that is biblical in its scope, must be able to solve problems before they even exist.... and so on.
You get the idea. In other words, Shaun doesn't exist. He's a freak of nature. And we love him for it!