Clay Hudson spent years as a sound engineer, set designer, and project manager for several companies in the live entertainment industry before he embarked on his own entrepreneurial venture. He developed his skills while on tour with artists such as Pink, Garbage, OneRepublic, Kid Rock, Guns N’ Roses, and Garbage. The success he has had in running his own production management company is due in large part to his work ethic and his attention to details. In a recent article in Ideamensch.com, Clay Hudson reflects on the success he has had behind the scenes in the live entertainment industry.
While he is on tour with an artist, Clay Hudson’s typical day involves a lot of planning, doing a complete stage walk-through, and making sure his crew understands what they need to do. He says it’s important that they take into consideration how things will be taken down after the show while they are setting things up before the show. While the show is in progress, Clay is already planning with his crew how they will break things down after the show. Keeping everything organized, working off a to-do list, and staying three steps ahead of what is happening at any moment is how he makes his day productive.
Clay Hudson’s advice to other entrepreneurs is to constantly check everything that they do to make sure that the product they produce is as good as it can be. This will help them to create a good reputation that will generate more business. If the entrepreneur puts out a product that is less than perfect, then this can tarnish their reputation, which can be hard to overcome. He went on to say that a person’s reputation is everything in the live entertainment industry, and their reputation is spread through word-of-mouth. Working hard and making sure the artist has everything they need to look good on stage is how he has been able to grow his successful business.