Holy crap people, it is AMAZING how many lighting designer gigs there are right now on the market. A-MAZE-ING. I highly recommend keeping yourself up-to-date with the market of the industry in which you work — you need to know your own worth, you need to know how healthy/unhealthy your market is, and it also just gives you a sense of what you can do to improve yourself.
When I was teaching college, we would always tell our students that there’s about $200 a year you can count on to need to spend maintaining your portfolio, but I think that in this more recent digital age, doing something as “outrageous” as bringing a projector to a job interview isn’t really that outrageous anymore. Now you can get an HD projector for a couple hundred bucks and alleviate that need… now all you have to do is not be a lazy ass and actually keep your resume and digital portfolio up-to-date. Sound difficult? Do 12 trade shows and a handful of side projects a year for a few years and THEN need to update that portfolio…and you knowwwwwwwww that you’re gonna wait until the last minute too, because you need that gig the night before the interview that finishes load out around 11pm.
We’ve all been there. All of us. All. Of. Us. Except now, you can curl up in bed and update stuff, whereas if you curled up in bed with Spray 77 and you’re sharing a bed with anyone, you’ll be curling up with a divorce next. Count your blessings?
OK — there’s tons of gigs out there. Get yourself set up with some Indeed action, Simply Hired is another place that works, but in the high-dollar Entertainment Lighting industry, most of those gigs are word-of-mouth. Well, word-of-mouth and relationships. Don’t be a sack of c*cks and you’ll work like the wind — all the time and without fail. Also check out the PLASA Job Board, IALD Career Center, The Light Network (that’s a great place for gigs if you’re looking — be nice there though, they don’t play well with rude outsiders, and rightfully so), and places like OffStageJobs (used to be Backstage Jobs). You’ll find them.
Lighting Designer gigs:
Barbizon is looking for a Project Manager, check that out. Also, Arri Lighting Products is looking for a Lighting Service Technician, a great place to get into the industry if you’re looking to do that. They’re also looking for a Supervisor for Lighting Service, so that’s a step up of a gig.
The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts is looking for a Lighting Supervisor — that’s a cool gig, they have some really great shows there.
That’s enough for this morning. Time to go to work. Gut up and get cracking, Lighting Industry!