With years of experience under his belt as a road manager, Clayton Hutson decided to start his own stage production management company.
Hutson knows his way around a venue. He is often the first person there in the morning from his crew, waking up by 6:30 each day to get where he needs to be each day. He checks the building out, sees the loading area and the stage and looks at everything from where the audience will see it from. Then he comes up with his game plan.
He organizes each venue and performer to their unique qualities. He assigns his crew- which he knows very well- to the tasks he feels they will be best at. He measures the doors before his crew brings anything in, making sure they know what comes in the door first and what can wait. It all comes together like a puzzle but the only picture is in Hutson’s head.
With a Theater Design Bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University as well as Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan’s Stephen Ross School of Business Hutson is the perfect guy to take over stage setup and tear-down as well as run a successful enterprise. His company has worked with some major names such as P!nk, Guns N’ Roses, Garbage, Kid Rock and most recently on Halsey’s 2018 world tour.
Clayton Hutson attributes his success to loving what he does as well as well as his approaches to business and people in general. His passion for stage shows has always been evident as he studied it in college and worked in the field before starting his own company.
His approach to people is a little more open-minded than many business-people. He sees everyone as having a use, you just have to find it. If they can bring the passion then he can find them something to do. He is willing to work with “difficult” people more readily than most because he recognizes the value of people.
Hutson also knows how to organize. He has to since he has to take a pile of wires, lights and other gear and turn them into a coherent, unique show every night. He thinks three steps ahead and trusts his own inner vision to bring together the technical needs of the show and the creative expression of the artist with enjoyment for the crowd.
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