Step Into The Light

spending my living days right.

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Top 25 Radest Voices in Music

(in no particular order)

  1. Janis Joplin
  2. Louie Armstrong
  3. Robert Plant
  4. Zach De LaRoca
  5. Dave Matthews
  6. Billy Corgan
  7. Ray LaMontagne
  8. Adam Duritz
  9. Frank Sinatra
  10. Layne Staley
  11. John Lennon
  12. Paul McCartney
  13. Axle Rose
  14. Jason Mraz
  15. Perry Farrell
  16. Ed Kowalczyk
  17. Freddy Mercury
  18. Steven Tyler
  19. James Taylor
  20. Kelly Jones
  21. Brad Nowell
  22. John Popper
  23. Ray Charles
  24. Bob Dylan
  25. Van Morrison
* List subject to change.


Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Busy like a motherfucker.

So, Jesus H. Christ. I'v been busy.

As the year progressed, iv gotten busier and busier. Don't get me wrong, its great. I need to make money, and i like making money. My quality of life just goes right up. It just wears me the fuck down. But i digress.

I've been working at Hartford Stage since i returned from Boston. The past season there i'v become one of their more trusted electricians, which really is quite a compliment. When their shows turn over, im getting not only the load-in/out and focus, but im also getting the hours for additional load-in during the week, and i play deck electrician for tech. It feels good to know that im respected that much for the work i do.

Of course, im still at Seven Angels. This is my 10th season there, and my last as the master electrician. I hope to continue to design for them, as that is what i want to do with my life, im trying to phase out my electrician work (or at least the electrician work that doesnt pay well.) Seven Angels is a LORT-D Equity house, which translates to it being a professional regional theatre, and not community. These are Broadway paid actors in the Union, therefore work at this type of theatre looks like gold on a resume. Some of my recent designs there have been Laughter on the 23rd Floor, I Left My Heart, and Johnny Guitar -- all professional designs. I'm currently designing the final show of the season, Buddy: The Buddy Holly story. I'm pretty excited for this one. We did it 9 years ago, and it remains my favorite show we've ever done. I'm really trying to capture the show like i remember it, but really give it my own shape and feeling. The main difference is im designing it like a rock concert because most of the show is essentially just that.

Enter Mohegan Sun. This past November i started working as a lighting technician. I didnt really think it would be the huge thing that is has become. I'm working a a shit-ton (thats metric) there now. I load in all these huge tours, running spotlight, running power, etc. It's been pretty amazing. Working in an arena is a completely different experience than working at a theatre. Im getting a lot of face time with moving lights, and moving light consoles, not to mention all kinds of other gear. On top of that, its a different bag of potato chips when your turning over shows in 17 hours straight. It's wicked fun tho, and it pays handsomely. This pic of me getting hauled up to my truss spot for the Justin Timberlake concert this past month. Crazy.

As if all this wasnt enough, iv recently been hired at Naugatuck Valley Community College as the Assistant Technical Coordinator of the Fine Arts theaters. This gig is sweet, i work for the State of Connecticut, and i get a team of students working with me. Its cool to pass along knowledge to people who are truly interested in learning it. I designed an opera there this month to high praises from the higher ups. More experience, more resume gold, more money. w00t.

Aside from all this regular work, im still picking up designs at local high schools (im doing Anything Goes for Watertown High next month) random focus calls (Goodspeed Opera House) this Friday, and even award shows (The Halo Awards! May 24th!)

This fall im applying for my apprenticeship with IATSE. I'm joining U.S.A. which is a local of IATSE called the United Scenic Artists. Essentially its being in the union, specifically if your are a designer, and not just a stagehand. I have to work with a IA-USA designer(s) for 3 years before i can test for my card. Its gonna be awesome. I'm really looking forward to this because not only will i make tons more money and be able to get tons more work, but i going to learn so much about design that i haven't yet picked up.

All this work has really been great though, i dont want to give the impression im miserable. I finally feel like i belong in this industry, and that i can make a living doing it. I'm planning on buying a new car in the next month or so, and iv been able to pay my rent, bills, and buy essentials without having to worry whether i would be able to eat the following week. So i'll try to keep everyone updated on what im up to. But if you only find out what's going on with me via my blog or away message, i apologize... you'll just have to give me a call and book me for the day, you'll find my day rate is reasonable. I'll try to fit you in.