Behind the Scenes with Jessica Cremin
Jessica is our PR Queen at B4 Productions. She is also responsible for putting together the program book.
Q: What are you doing the day before the event?
A: A lot of times local media will request to interview our talent before the event and I make sure those requests are facilitated with the talent’s respective managers and personnel. I’m also making sure that production needs are met: i.e. parking passes handed out, hotel rooms updated, etc.
Q: What are you doing the day of the event?
A: The day of the event I’m just making sure everything is on schedule, double-checking things and just making sure everyone is smiling! : )
Q: How did you get involved with the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular?
A: I used to work at WBZ-TV, the local broadcaster for the 4th of July, and during my time there I would help to work on the show from the television station side. After I left WBZ-TV I received a call from my old boss and she asked me if I was interested in possibly working on the show this year with David Mugar and his company. I jumped at the chance because I always enjoyed the show in the past and wanted to get a first-hand look at the entire process of what it takes to put a show like this together. This is now my 4th year here!
Q: What effect has working on the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular had on you?
A: It’s had a great effect on me! I have learned so much while working on this show. I had no idea all of the planning that goes into putting a show like this together. The planning really starts soon after the last 4th of July celebration. It’s just a terrific event to be a part of and I have enjoyed coming back every year!
Q: What are the three objects you can’t live without on the Fourth?
A: My cell phone, my headset and the schedule!
Q: What are some of the challenges you have had to overcome to make the event possible?
A: There are always challenges with an event of this magnitude. The biggest and the most fun challenge for me is putting the program book together. This book includes content from so many different people; it’s my goal every year to manage their expectations and ideas. It’s a worthy challenge and I get a great sense of accomplishment when it’s complete and shared with the hundreds of thousands of people on hand at the event!
Q: What are you thinking/feeling on the day of the show, after all of your preparation is done?
A: If all goes to plan and everything falls into place, I’m feeling really good! I’m ready to enjoy the show!
Q: What is your favorite 4th of July memory?
A: Probably my first July 4 concert when I started working on the show three years ago. I had a front row seat and it was so fun to see the concert and then the fireworks that close!
Q: What is one piece of advice you would give to someone attending the 4th on the Esplanade for the first time?
A: Be ready to make friends with your neighbors as you will be surrounded by thousands of people, but it’s an experience you will never forget!
Q: The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular would not be complete without:
A: THE FIREWORKS!!!