Wow, since studying broadcast journalism at the University of Miami, working at television stations, production companies, and my own business for more years than I care to admit , I am lucky to be able to say “I love what I do!” I recently represented Midtown Video as a council member of the ESTA/PERG, Production Equipment Rental Group. Our Advisory Council is made up of some of the most sincere, hard-working professionals in the camera and lighting rental industry as well as associate members such as insurance providers and manufacturers.
Panavision hosted our meeting and it was eye-opening to experience the vibe of another rental company. We spent the day working on programs and benefits PERG is providing to the members. You can see the more here- http://www.esta.org/join/membershipbenefits.html. After the meeting we hosted our third annual Oktoberfest party for PERG and AICP members and guests at a restaurant in the theater district. This joint venture brings together our members and customers in an informal setting where we can share ideas and get to know each other better.
Of course, a trip to NYC is not complete without a Broadway experience and here’s where my trip continued the WOW factor. We got tickets to the buzzy play Hamilton in advance because I had a connection to the Tony and Grammy award-winning Music Director and Orchestrator, Alex Lacamoire. When he was about fourteen years old, he was the pianist in residence at my parents’ eight week summer camp in Central Florida. He played all the camp songs during campfires, skits, and musicals and accompanied the campers during talent night and other activities. It was a thrill to see him on Broadway! Hamilton blew me away. History well told by rap music, with fly dancers, and revolutionary casting and staging. It is bound for more Tony’s and awards.