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Living the Lighting Life Living the Lighting Life provides practical tools and advice for a successful career in entertainment lighting. This easy-to-navigate guide offers real-world examples and documentation from the author and key industry experts, giving readers a comprehensive overviewofthelightinglife.Thebookprovidesinsighton: (cid:129) Different job opportunities in the entertainment lighting industry; (cid:129) Business procedures, contracts, time sheets, and invoices; (cid:129) Tips on self-promotion, networking, and continual learning; (cid:129) The lighting lifestyle, healthy living, and work-related travel; (cid:129) Maintaining anddevelopingcreativitytoprovide innovative lightingand solutions. With insightful interviews from industry veterans, Living the Lighting Life is a key navigational resource for anyone considering a career in entertain- ment lighting or just starting out. Brad Schiller has over thirty years of experience in the entertainment lighting field. A self-described “lighting geek,” his deep-rooted passion for lighting began at a very early age. Brad’s career has allowed him countless opportunities to work around the globe, and across diverse facets of the industry. He is also the author of The Automated Lighting Programmer’s Handbook, now in its third edition (Routledge, 2016). Living the Lighting Life A Guide to a Career in Entertainment Lighting Brad Schiller Firstpublished2021 byRoutledge 52VanderbiltAvenue,NewYork,NY10017 andbyRoutledge 2ParkSquare,MiltonPark,Abingdon,Oxon,OX144RN RoutledgeisanimprintoftheTaylor&FrancisGroup,aninformabusiness ©2021Taylor&Francis TherightofBradSchillertobeidentifiedasauthorofthisworkhasbeenassertedby himinaccordancewithsections77and78oftheCopyright,DesignsandPatents Act1988. Allrightsreserved.Nopartofthisbookmaybereprintedorreproducedorutilized inanyformorbyanyelectronic,mechanical,orothermeans,nowknownor hereafterinvented,includingphotocopyingandrecording,orinanyinformation storageorretrievalsystem,withoutpermissioninwritingfromthepublishers. Trademarknotice:Productorcorporatenamesmaybetrademarksorregisteredtrademarks, andareusedonlyforidentificationandexplanationwithoutintenttoinfringe. LibraryofCongressCataloging-in-PublicationData Names:Schiller,Brad,author. Title:Livingthelightinglife:aguidetoacareerinentertainment lighting/BradSchiller. Description:NewYork,NY:Routledge,2021.|Includesindex. Identifiers:LCCN2020016988(print)|LCCN2020016989(ebook)| ISBN9780367349332(hardback)|ISBN9780367349325(paperback)| ISBN9780429328787(ebook) Subjects:LCSH:Stagelighting–Vocationalguidance.|Stagelighting designers–Interviews. Classification:LCCPN2091.E4S352021(print)|LCCPN2091.E4 (ebook)|DDC792.02/5023–dc23 LCrecordavailableathttps://lccn.loc.gov/2020016988 LCebookrecordavailableathttps://lccn.loc.gov/2020016989 ISBN:978-0-367-34933-2(hbk) ISBN:978-0-367-34932-5(pbk) ISBN:978-0-429-32878-7(ebk) TypesetinBembo bySwales&Willis,Exeter,Devon,UK This book is dedicated to the entire entertainment lighting industry and all its players. Contents ListofFigures xi ListofTables xiii Introduction 1 PARTI TheJob 7 1 LightingJobsandRoles 9 2 LightingGenres 17 3 LightingSkills 22 4 OrganizationalSkills 26 5 WorkingRequirements 30 6 EthicsofLighting 34 7 BestShowEver 41 PARTII TheCareer 45 8 AGrowingCareer 47 9 AttitudeIsEverything 53 viii Contents 10 TrainingandLearning 56 11 PromotingYourself 63 12 NetworkingwithOthers 73 13 KeeponMovingForward 77 14 GivingBack 81 15 MovingOn 86 PARTIII TheBusiness 89 16 TypesofWorkers 91 17 BusinessStructure 98 18 PersonalBusinessPaperwork 101 19 BusinessOperations 108 20 TaxFormBasics 111 21 GettingGigs 117 22 PlanningforYourFuture 120 PARTIV TheCreativity 125 23 AbundantCreativity 127 24 CreativeInspiration 129 PARTV TheLifestyle 133 25 WhyWeDoIt 135 Contents ix 26 WorkLifeBalance 139 27 AllureofCelebrity 144 28 HealthyLiving 148 29 TimetoSleep 152 30 WhenItStopsBeingFun 156 PARTVI TheTravel 161 31 TravelIsWork 163 32 EarnthePerks 165 33 AirTravel 167 34 TourBuses 173 35 HotelLiving 176 PARTVII TheInterviews 181 36 CoryFitzGerald 183 37 GeorgeMasek 189 38 JohnViesta 194 39 RobertRoth 199 40 RonSchilling 204 41 SoonerRouthier 208 42 SteveWoods 212 43 VickieClaiborne 216

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