15 Signs You Work in the Event and Arena Industry

Signs You Work in Event and Arena Marketing - Photo by Roy Mata

If you’ve ever endured long days that turn into nights, a never-ending calendar of events, quick turnarounds and spent months planning for a three hour show… we feel you. Welcome to the event and arena industry. Where the party doesn’t stop till six in the morning… but you still have to go to work the next day. We live and breathe live entertainment, work on holidays and weekends, rely heavily on coffee, but wouldn’t have it any other way.

Here are 15 signs that you work in the event and arena industry:

1. If you remember to eat lunch, this is what taking a lunch looks like…

Photo by Krysten Casias

The four basic food groups: salt, sugar, chocolate and Skittles

2. The event dates at your venue are etched into your memory…

Image by Garpenholm (wikipedia commons)

I can’t remember my own birthday but at least I know when George is in town

3. Your non-entertainment industry friends assume your life is like this… 

Photo by Alan Light (wikipedia commons)

Party rock is in the house tonight, everybody just have a good time!

4. But it’s really like this…

Photo by Urbane Women Mag (flickr.com)

And we gonna make you lose your mind, everybody just have a good time…

5. Every task is due ASAP or by EOD…

Photo by Ryan Ritchie (flickr.com)

I got this

6. Backstage passes aren’t really cool because you are working…

Photo by Krysten Casias

Badges? We don’t need no stinkin’ badges

7. Your calendar looks like this…

Photo by Lorie Marrero

I believe I have an opening November 35th

8. You have to set reminders constantly…

Siri, please remind me to set a reminder to look at my reminders

Siri, please remind me to set a reminder to look at my reminders

9. You panic when your phone looks like this on show day…

Photo by Paul Swansen (flickr.com)

Maybe one day we’ll be able to charge our phones with tears of frustration

10. And also have a little anxiety before doors open to the public…

Photo by Ryan Scott (flickr.com)

May I please come in and commence rocking?

11. You have superb radio skills, since it’s practically glued to your ear during an event…

Photo by Jason Pratt (flickr.com)

Forgot to wear a shirt again… 10-4 over and out

12. You know when a huge concert is coming, but can’t tell any of your friends…

Photo by celticfeminist (flickr.com)

I’ll give you a hint, it rhymes with blorge blait

13. It’s probable you could see this at the office one day…

Photo by Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey

We will always, always, always be together!

14. And the next day you could see this…

Taylor Swift - Photo by Brian Dewey

We are never, ever, ever getting back together!

15. When a show has finally begun, you look into the screaming crowd of fans…

Bon Jovi - Photo by Gary Miller

I helped make this happen. Yup, I love my job

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15 Comments

  1. Katie · October 4, 2013

    Ha, love the captions!

  2. M G · October 6, 2013

    Nailed it. This industry makes waking up in the morning after finishing at 4am, easy.

  3. Anon · October 7, 2013

    #1 Vending machine is never that stocked, even on re-stock

    #2 Most workers don’t know upcoming events, just that they have to show up for work

    #3 Not even close

    #4 Pretty close

    #5 Yup

    #6 They’re actually pretty awesome because you can keep them as trophies

    #7 Most workers have about a week long schedule posted, and that gets changed randomly without anyone telling you, which gets you yelled at for not being on time

    #8 No I don’t

    #9 You’re not supposed to be on your phone

    #10 Only if it’s still getting set up

    #11 Everyone sucks with the radios

    #12 People will always tell their friends

    #13and#14 Yup

    #15 We are not allowed to watch the shows

    • jeff · November 22, 2013

      I think this list is moreso geared at people who work ON the events, and work backstage with talent and the show, not arena workers.

    • BigPapaSquat · May 31, 2015

      You must not be FOH, fold back, or LD.
      Sucks- sorry man..

  4. Eric Dow · October 7, 2013

    The last one is definitely it for me =)

  5. Abe · October 7, 2013

    Great stuff!

  6. Jim · November 7, 2013

    @ Anon

    This is for the people actually in the industry, not the poor vendors

  7. Anonymous · November 8, 2013

    Your responses only fit for some positions. The post nails it for the remaining positions.

  8. International Association of Venue Managers Industry News Weekly Roundup » International Association of Venue Managers · November 8, 2013

    […] 15 Signs You Work in the Event and Arena Industry —Applause “If you’ve ever endured long days that turn into nights, a never-ending calendar of events, quick turnarounds and spent months planning for a three hour show… we feel you. Welcome to the event and arena industry.” […]

  9. AT · November 13, 2013

    Wow – I think that’s my calendar and desk…finally, people who get it!

  10. susan ballarini · July 10, 2014

    I worked at the Frank Erwin Center for a few years and really loved it. Buzz and Chris, what an AWESOME duo! By the way, could you please look into the animal cruelty thing surrounding Ringling Bros.? Circus animals are becoming a thing of the past along with the kidnapping and cruelty that occurs in order to have elephants in the show. Hey EVENTS! End your coverage of the circus and MAKE SOME HEADLINES!!!!!

    This video describes the experiences of the poor elephants enslaved by Ringling Brothers Circus of Shame very vivid. Precious elephants, they do not deserve this.

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=766798496677904

  11. Austin rock band manager · March 15, 2015

    Haha — good ones! Would be even funnier if they weren’t true.

  12. john · October 16, 2015

    i scheduled to work on Fathers Day?!!!!!!!

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