Just Do It

After posting “Your Gear vs. Your Gut” last week I’ve had a few responses that deserved some follow-up.

Admittedly, I can see how it would appear that the people suggesting that gear isn’t the answer for all your technical woes seem to be the very same ones surrounded by good gear, good systems, good teams, and good professional work-scenarios.

It’s not always been this way—a huge reason I have the trust of my superiors and am able to use great gear is that I earned my place at the table. Spending years slogging away with bands and shows using sub-par systems and learning how to make it work and be successful on crap gear with little, if any, sleep, pay, or accolades has helped give me a unique perspective. One of these bands had no choice but to rely on me when they needed a live record recorded while we were on tour. They had NO budget, NO cool mics, NO time and NO decent recording gear. My only options were to either be a loser and quit or just figure it out and forge ahead. Turns out I chose wisely and that record went platinum and sold over 1,000,000 copies with the live tracks comprised of nothing but 16 mono inputs of my live sub-mixes.

This church expects and deserves to get the benefit of my experience knowing that I will never quit trying to find ways to do what we do better, cheaper and more efficiently. They also trust that I will deliver on what I commit to and won’t relent until we hit the mark.

Ideally, you are the only one who can do your job. If not, do your church and yourself a favor and step aside and let someone else give it a shot. When I started out in the entertainment business, I was the “rookie” and for many years I was afraid of getting dumped off the tour because I might not deliver as well as the more seasoned guys. This gave me the impetus to to get it together—there was no easy way then—no internet and no mobile phone—just a yearning to do what I felt I was good at and REALLY not wanting to disappoint those who had given me a chance.

There are some that ask so many questions I wonder what they’re actually getting paid to do. There does come a point when we’ve all got to quit looking for the magic bullet and just get it done.

The churches we all serve deserve nothing but the best. Take what you’ve got, use the information you’ve been given, and do it. Even if you do it wrong a few times while on the road to getting it right—at least you’re trying!

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Andrew Stone
Production Manager
Andrew Stone is the Production Manager and Audio Director at Church on the Move in Tulsa, OK. His 27 years of touring experience have brought a unique, and sometimes unorthodox, perspective to his approach towards production in the church. He has been a key part of changing the culture behind COTM's live events and he loves sharing his knowledge with other churches. He's been married for 20 years, rarely wears anything but black, and genuinely loves to rock. You can find him on Twitter (@stone_rocks), Instagram (stone.rocks), and is a blog contributor on Seeds, COTM's free resource site.