Job shadowing behind the scenes at the Bridgestone Arena
Job shadowing gives students the opportunity to see the realities of a profession or industry and the connections between learning and the real world. Students from Antioch High School's Academy of Hospitality visited the Bridgestone Arena to see how the events crew sets up for a concert. The students watched as crews prepared the arena for the event and learned about the complex planning required to run a successful concert. Then, they were able to stay for the Country Music Hall of Fame's We're All for the Hall benefit concert, featuring Keith Urban, Vince Gill, and more. In this post, Jamesha B. writes about the experience.
My name is Jamesha Buchanan and I am a student in the Academy of Hospitality at Antioch High School. On Tuesday, April 10, 2012, a few of my classmates and I went to Bridgestone Arena to job shadow the event coordinator, Danny Butler. We toured the whole arena and got to see the entire behind-the-scenes actions for the concert, We’re All For The Hall. It was amazing to see how every little thing has a big part in the event, from the floors on the upper levels being clean to the sign language interpreter having a stand for his papers. It was a great experience seeing everybody in action when it was time to open the doors. I will never forget that day, especially because it was my first time attending a concert!