We decided to put together a list of all the ways being more like Batman will make you a better technician. This list started out as a bit of a joke, but as we started to compile things it became more evident that being more like Batman can be beneficial to your career.
Be a Better Tech, Be More Like Batman:
Wear a custom utility belt
Batman customized his belt and upgrades it constantly based on his needs. You can do the same, customize your tool belt and add or take away tools as you need to. Keep the stuff you need on you, but don’t over do it. The point is to be stealthy and efficient.
Keep up with the latest and greatest technology
Batman has Lucius Fox, you have the internet and books like The Set Lighting Technician’s Handbook which can be purchased on Amazon. Read it and visit equipment sites regularly. Keep up with the newest and latest lighting technology, grip gear and anything else you find interesting.
Have a secret identity
Who you are at work doesn’t have the be the person you are at home or with your friends and family. In fact, it might be beneficial to your career to put on a bit of a secret identity. At work you’re a super hero, you scale ladders, build complex contraptions and quickly and quietly sneak around the set. It’s not necessary for coworkers to know every detail about your personal life, you never know who is listening and how it can affect you career going forward.
Be a Ninja
Batman had ninja training, that doesn’t mean you need to be versed in martial arts, but you can try to be stealth. Wear darker colors if possible, be quite and stealthy. Get in, do the job and get out. Be prepared for the next task and plan your attack carefully. You are a grip and lighting ninja.
Batman is extremely fit, you don’t have to be, but try not to completely let yourself go. Many techs fall into bad habits and quickly put on weight which ends up putting unnecessary strain on their backs. That combined with wearing a tool belt and 14 hour work days adds up. The best thing you can do for yourself is get fit or keep up your current fitness level.