Political gigs most often use of a teleprompter.
This is very very common. Even those who like to pretend they can speak off the cuff rely on the good old teleprompter. Politicians are all about the message — be it in speeches or spots — they talk and talk and very often, to guide them and help them stay on message, they use a teleprompter. I had the pleasure of working with Dan Liljenquist, the Republican member of the Utah State Senate . He resigned to run against 36-year-incumbent United States Senator Orrin Hatch.
at AMC’s beautiful Tribeca studio.
Dan (if I may be so familiar) is great — personable, well informed, and easy to work with. We chatted a bit between takes and I wished him luck on his campaign.
BUT, his political ideas are the polar opposite of mine.
Obviously, that doesn’t matter – a job is a job but it certainly is pleasant when the people involved get along and have an abiding respect for each other. You don’t have to agree with someone’s politics. It was a great gig.
Solace came in the realization that my working for him was, even in a small way, in support of the idea that we must work together in the world toward the common good — whatever that might be. A major lefty like me working with a major righty was an expression of harmony. At least that’s what I chose to think!
I am so looking forward to the use of a teleprompter in a political situation. This is the year for it!