To the live guru entertainment, Clay Hutson, planning is essential for any business. Clay believes that despite his vast experience in the music industry, planning has contributed significantly to the success of his business. That’s why he gets to the venue of a show before any of his employees gets there. Doing so gives him enough time to go through his schedule, set a storage plan, and come up with a to-do list without any distractions.
Clay Hutson who is a renowned project and stage manager for celebrity concerts and tours, brings his ideas to life by first visualizing them. For instance, when he is hired, Clay first thinks about the set design, so he can understand what will work, and what won’t work. With the visualization, he then ensures that every piece of equipment fits his mental picture, before the event day. This means that Clay is usually involved in every step of the preparation, and that’s why his success is not a surprise. Instead of being the boss, he acts as a leader, setting the pace for his crew members through planning, and walking with them until the concert is over.
If he ever got the opportunity to go back in time, and advise the younger version of himself, he would tell them to always be honest not only with others but also themselves. He would also ensure he tells the younger Clay not to forget about the essence of family, and always to prioritize them. Clay Hutson believes that apart from planning, reviewing his work for mistakes is another habit that helps his business succeed. He says that’s important because, like his work, even a simple error can cause severe damage to the reputation of his company.
Currently, Clay Hutson’s company is doing incredibly well, and was recently hired by Kid Rock as stage manager. He is among the top project managers in the music arena, and as such, he has worked with big names in the industry including Lady Gaga, Pink, Guns N Roses, and many others. He believes that the secret ingredient to his business attracting new and more significant clients with each wake is attributed to his hard work. Besides, Clay never shies away from working extra hours, and pays attention even to minor details that make his services stand out among most musicians.
Clay Hutson encourages everyone out there to read, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff, a book by Richard Carlson, as it has helped him take the stress out of his job by focusing on details that matter, and leaving out the small stuff.