Today it was coffee at the main Half Price Books coffee shop with a couple other set design enthusiasts. Between us we had a variety of design backgrounds and experience levels - stage, architecture, interior design, graphics, student, professional, part-time, and full-time.
Some of the stories were pretty funny.
It's a great way to shop talk, swap ideas and helpful hints, complain to someone who'll understand, and just generally kick our (paint-y) shoes off. The best and most hilarious story had to be cleaning-up-a-spilled-gallon-of-paint-ten-minutes-before-the-audience-is-seated.*
Plus I got some good technical suggestions for pulling off my next design.
My suggestion for you, Dear Reader? Find some friendly colleagues you can coffee klatch with.
I've used this image before... pretty sure it's public domain.
* Hint: it takes 2 pieces of 2x4 and a bucket of saw dust.