Backstage with Baldy

Albuquerque – August 31st

What’s the proper etiquette for dealing with security guards at a show?

I’m not talking about the security out front either. I’m talking about the ones posted up backstage.

Because I’m having a discomfort issue, and I just want to know what the best approach is.

When we arrive in the morning, a security guard is stationed outside the band’s dressing room.

Depending on the size of the backstage area, sometimes we’ll have another one posted up by our production office as well. And there are more stationed throughout the backstage and dressing room areas.

So when I get there in the morning, I’ll say hi to the security people, and sometimes make some small talk, and then get to work.

My job entails a lot of moving around though, and that’s where my uneasiness comes in.

After the initial encounter, what am I supposed to do for the rest of the day?

Because I keep passing by them. Over and over and over. Dozens and dozens of times throughout the day.

Do I keep saying hi? Make eye contact and nod or smile? Ignore the person completely and just go about my business?

Because I do all of these things as the day progresses, and I’d really just like to settle on one approach and not worry about it anymore.

What’s the protocol?

I would imagine that it’s kind of like working in a big office, where you see a co-worker in the morning, then maybe run into them a few more times over the course of the day. You know who they are, but you’re not really friends, you just happen to work together. What do you do when the subsequent encounters take place throughout the day?

It can be uncomfortable, particularly when I go with the “ignore” approach.

It makes me feel a little high and mighty, like maybe I’m giving the guard the impression that I’m too busy and too good to keep acknowledging them.

But if I’ve already asked them how they’re doing in the morning, and they’ve pretty much just sat there all day, wouldn’t it stand to reason that they’re still doing exactly the same as they were before?

I’m probably putting too much thought into this, but it’s a constant source of mild distress for me.

I realize that I should be writing about something funny Sean did in catering today, but all he did was eat dinner, so I figured why not turn this blog into a reverse advice column.



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