38 Insights I Learned Touring with NTC

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38 Insights I Learned Touring with NTC

2016-04-30T14:43:15+00:00 March 21st, 2016|

NTC OfficesIn September 2011 I left on my first tour with the National Theater for Children. At the time I was writing a blog post about all the things I was learning on the road. For some reason I never got around to publishing it.

Late’s better than never, right?

Special shoutout to rockstar tour partners John Potter and Tony Milder for their support, patience, understanding, trust, and love. Additionally, much love and respect to Rebecca and Andy for the adventures we shared collectively!

Here’s what I learned on the road for future NTC touring actors.


  1. Pace yourself.
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  3. Kids are everywhere, Behave.
  4. Compliments come in many forms.
  5. But remember: Haters Gotta Hate.
  6. …So Review your script.
  7. Stay loose.
  8. Elementary school bathrooms are disasters. Pee-pare to be disgusted.
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  10. You’ll usually park next to a dumpster leaking spoiled milk.
  11. You’ll fight with your tour partner.
  12. Take risks.
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  14. Buy postcards. Then send ’em.
  15. http://michaelvenske.tumblr.com/post/16534800962/oh-the-places-youll-go

  16. Stay active.
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  18. Stay hydrated.
  19. Sightsee.
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  21. Earn & thank the fans.
  22. Learn something new everyday.
  23. Get your hotel lined-up early.
  24. Everything is negotiable.
  25. Tour under-budget & negotiate a higher contract next time.
  26. Bring business cards. If a staff member at the school is taking pictures easily request a copy & you could even get yourself a new agent…
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  28. Meet up with other tours.
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  30. Bring your own supplies.
  31. Share duties.
  32. Know car basics.
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  34. Take lots of pictures.
  35. Be yourself.
  36. Support your tour partner.
  37. Eat healthy.
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  39. Discover local gems…
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  41. …including the locals!
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  43. Try new things…
  44. http://michaelvenske.tumblr.com/post/12100425241/perhaps-youve-been-doing-it-wrong

  45. …including: dating the locals!
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  47. Patience: learn & practice.
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  49. Costumes need to be washed more often than you think.
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  51. Love the clothes you bring.
  52. My favorite sweater is a hand-me-down from my old man.

    My favorite sweater is a hand-me-down from my old man.

  53. Stay in touch with loved ones.
  54. http://michaelvenske.tumblr.com/post/19128121022/cheers-to-friends-family-both-here-hereafter

  55. Be grateful.
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  57. Rejoice! You’re living the dream!
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What have you learned while touring? Please leave a comment!