Duck Walk In Your Underwear

The Jul 2–8, 2009 of Time Out Chicago published an article by Doyle Armbrust that features fellow Inside The Arts blogger Jason Heath and his myriad of blogging activity. What’s especially interesting is how Jason recounts his path into the cultural blogosphere. It’s a well written feature and it goes a long way at demonstrating new media’s effectiveness when wielded by someone with the skills and fortitude.

The many blogging faces of Jaosn Heath
The many blogging faces of Jaosn Heath

Check out more of Jason’s blogs:
Arts Addict
Double Bass Blog
Jason’s Twitter page

About Drew McManus

"I hear that every time you show up to work with an orchestra, people get fired." Those were the first words out of an executive's mouth after her board chair introduced us. That executive is now a dear colleague and friend but the day that consulting contract began with her orchestra, she was convinced I was a hatchet-man brought in by the board to clean house.

I understand where the trepidation comes from as a great deal of my consulting and technology provider work for arts organizations involves due diligence, separating fact from fiction, interpreting spin, as well as performance review and oversight. So yes, sometimes that work results in one or two individuals "aggressively embracing career change" but far more often than not, it reinforces and clarifies exactly what works and why.

In short, it doesn't matter if you know where all the bodies are buried if you can't keep your own clients out of the ground, and I'm fortunate enough to say that for more than 15 years, I've done exactly that for groups of all budget size from Qatar to Kathmandu.

For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, keep track of what people in this business get paid, help write a satirical cartoon about orchestra life, hack the arts, and love a good coffee drink.

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1 thought on “Duck Walk In Your Underwear”

  1. Thanks for the write-up, Drew! Much appreciated. I’m honored that Doyle wanted to do this article on me, and I appreciate how he gave my Internet activities an “edgy” feel–I hope that my day-to-day blogging doesn’t disappoint anyone who found my site through this article!

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