HamishHamiltonHamish Hamilton has directed many incredible live events throughout his career. The 2013 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, the Super Bowl XLVII, the 2012 London Olympics — the list goes on…

In the latest installment of Mediabistro’s So What Do You Do?, Hamilton explains that it’s not all fun and games. He describes the days and months (sometimes years!) it takes to bring these elaborate productions to life, and how he manages to pull it off:

The rehearsal days are intense, long, demanding, physically exhausting, mentally exhausting. You have to make very big decisions quite quickly. I try to get a lot of sleep. It’s crucial to be mentally fit on show day. That said, I normally put in between 14- and 16-hour work days. Having done so many diverse projects, I’ve learned how to control my energy so that I’ve got enough left for the live shows — the last thing you want is to show up to direct a live show being completely and utterly exhausted. That’s really where you need to make lighting-shot decisions.

To hear more about Hamilton’s career, read: So What Do You Do, Hamish Hamilton, Director Of Some Of The World’s Biggest Televised Events?