Theater people need funny skills. Today I'm off to Fort Worth to:
Finish painting views of Paris
Age and weather faux-lead mansard roofs
Help fake a parquet floor
and probably pad and upholster a sofa
Nothin' unusual - but nothing they me taught in architecture school. Or anywhere else...
Theater folk, I've discovered, have to be real self-starters, self-educated in all sorts of funny skills. Carpenters are always solving weird problems - like how to have a hotel room open up like a drawbridge (wall becoming floor) and prop people routinely build the impossible. I once watched a prop designer build a giant boar's head, hair by hair. It looked real... except for the 2x life size thing.