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"a black out on the TV" - The most significant challenge you've faced? MIT

shadowfax 5 / 22  
Dec 13, 2010   #1
Tell us about the most significant challenge you've faced or something important that didn't go according to plan. How did you manage the situation?(*) (200-250 words)

"Break a leg Sai!" said my friend right before the play started, "do the best you can!." I walked into the dark backstage into my tiny crumpled space, where my laptop lay connected to a TV. As I put my headset on and was ready to play the PowerPoint, I was quite amused for my first job as a backstage crew member for my school's Annual Spring Musical. With an immense responsibility in my hands, I started the PowerPoint to signal the start of the show.

With the laughter and excitement in the audience tone, I was quite satisfied that the show was going on pretty well. But to the horror of my director and me, I was dumbfounded when one of the cast members, in a hurry, tripped over the wire and knocked the little machine out of my hands resulting in a black out on the TV.

I stared in awe and disbelief thinking that I ruined the performance by the fatuous mistake. Trying to keep my temper low and the situation under control, I tried my best not to panic. So, to my director's relief, I unplugged the TV and then plugged it back in time for the next slide. Thinking that I was going to get bad remarks, I was quite surprised when my director patted me on the back said "Good Job! You had it under control." Later I came to know that the audience never realized there was a crash backstage.

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