After serving as an interpreter for a Japanese bank commercial shot in New York City, Kawakami worked his way up the ranks with a little help from good timing.
A veteran of the Oscars, Emmys, Grammys and MTV Movie Awards, Williams likens her role as stage manager to that of "den mom."
As UPM for commercial director Dante Ariola, Hill compares each shoot to childbirth-you need a short memory or you wouldn't do it again.
Second AD Tony Eng discusses how his experiences being a DGA trainee on ER helped pave the way to working on such diverse TV shows as Liv and Maddie and How to Get Away with Murder.
From Radio City Music Hall to the Oscars to Peter Pan Live!, Stage Manager Lynn Finkel discusses the excitement and pressure of working in live television.