Interview with Jason Scoppa and Micah Otano of The Sayers Club

This was one of the most fun interviews I’ve ever done, I had to share.  Meet Jason Scoppa, creator of The Sayers Club LA and Las Vegas (at SLS Las Vegas) and Micah Otano, the technical ninja that makes Jason’s work all happen!  Check it out!

Also, make sure to check out The Sayers Club Las Vegas, and The Sayers Club LA if you’re gonna be on the road and in those locations.  Definitely worth the trip, they are two chill clubs.  Leather couches everywhere!!

The People Make the LDI Experience for Me

LDI reminds me that there are so many things I love and hate about this industry we call our home.  I hate the hours; I love the payoff.  I hate the exhaustion; I love the camaraderie that occurs between people that don’t normally play well with others.  The one thing that I love more than any of it is the people of this business.  The people make LDI for me, every single time we trek our rear ends to the desert for our industry’s prom.

I walked around taking as many “obligatory LDI selfies” as I could.  I took a bunch near our booth, and yes Jaybles, some of these aren’t selfies.  :D

I missed seeing hundreds of people.  This is the standard for LDI.  Next year I’ll miss more hundreds of people.  You have to make these shows focus on who you DO get to see!  You’ll always see who you missed next year!

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Eric Mueller, Matt Suarez, Thomas Fonseca, the bald one, and Corey SIlverman!

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TEAM AVOLITES AWESOMESAUCE!!!!!!!!! Holy awesome, Batman!

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Flash and Trash Works Inc – Executive Team! Cat West and Joe Cabrera, two of the world’s greatest programmers.

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What’s Danilo looking at? Danilo, DeAnna, Mikey, and Gilbert!

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Tobin Neis of Barbizon and Sharon Gross from Bandit Lites!

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Hi Brad! Brad Schiller, ladies and gentlemen!

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It’s Simon Newton! Great to meet YOU, dude!

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Steve Shelley, who always has a giggle for me!! You’re awesome.

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Sharon, so great to meet you finally! World, Sharon runs PR for Bandit Lites. Say hi to her on Facebook and Twitter! GO! DO IT!

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Feelin’ CONGO with Susan Rose!

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Look at that big beautiful smile! Richard Belliveau and I resting the dogs at the Elation Professional booth.

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Randy Wade! What’s up man?!

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What’s that weird Stepford Wives face we’re making?! Me, Justin Lang, Mike Graham, and Danilo Oliveira.

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Danilo, Peter Kirkup of Peter Kirkup, and Mikey all talking shop.

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LOOK at this f*cking guy!! Did he get sexified or WHAT?! Peter Kirkup looking great at LDI 2014!

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Avolites’ Koy and a lovely chap that I did not get a name from, EMAIL ME!

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Rosco Matt! Awesome chatting with you mandingo.

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The brainchild of Legend, Rogue, and many more, Michael Graham!

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Nick Airiess (NICKY!) and Dan Goldsmith of X-Laser

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F*CK YEAH! Kevin Loretto, JOL, Thierry Pouliot!!!! Great to see you both!!!

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The enchanting Miss Katherine Walmsley from our UK office and CARRRRRRLOS! Carlos makes photoshop and e-blasts his bitch.

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Hi Justin!

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Jeremy Kumin of ENTTEC! I thought Enttec had the coolest booth at LDI, totally Steampunk.

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THE GOGGLES!!!

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AWWWW! It was so great to see Jax.

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Jacob Coakley is the third funniest man I have ever met. Read what he has to say about what we do, his words drive our businesses in a strongly creative direction.

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One of Entertainment’s favorite ladies! Heather Marie Short rocks!!

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SEE?! She’s commanding you with her eyes!!!

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Ladies and gentlemen, the most popular man on the block! Look at that tongue!!!

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David makes the JimOnLight world go ’round. David is our technojesus

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Dr. DMX!

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Debi Moen — this lady writes the lighting industry’s soul. Fact.

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I call this one “nefarious smiles”

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Danilo having an eyebrow moment

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Jeremy, JOL, Crystal LEE!

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Berenice Chauvet – Lighting’s Marketing SAMURAI!!!!

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BAHAA!!! YOU GUYS!@!@!

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CHAD FOR PRESIDENT!!!!! ROSCO CHAD! ROSCO CHAD!

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Oh my god this was the best photo ever. Chris Conti, my salty head, and Michael Eddy at load-out.

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STEALTH selfie! Berenice, meself, Jackie. I caught Jackie Tien on camera!!! She ninja’d the other way for the next shot I took, you fast devil you!

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Andre!!! Cool to meet you, duder!

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This guy. A very awesome chap. He introduced himself to me and I did not record his name. What’s your name again, my man?! Amy Walker, what’s his name?!?!

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Me, Susan Rose, Berenice Chauvet, and Joe Fucini! Awesome!

 

It's Allan Reiss programming his awesome booth!

It’s Allan Reiss programming his awesome booth!

 

 

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Load-in week dinner for those of us who stayed late. We were the few. As in you see who stayed late!

Y'all COME BACK NOW!

Y’all COME BACK NOW!

JimOnLight Interviews Psyberpixie

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One of the cooler interviews I’ve done — she is so much fun to watch making the video art while she’s making it!  Ladies and gentlemen, meet Psyberpixie!  She’s the world’s leading VJ.

I did this interview for the Lighting Insights newsletter, but I wanted to give this some play to the JimOnLight.com audience.  many of you dig ‘Pixie’s work, thank you for the links you send!!!  Keep them coming!

InfoComm 2014 – The JimOnLight Tour!

I just combed through photos from the last six months, and I found a ton of photos from InfoComm 2014 as I walked the floor.  Check these out, we had a lot of fun at that show!  Well, except for the heat exhaustion/upper GI thing during that trip, but I guess that’s just the way she goes, as Ray would say.

Check out the virtual JimOnLight InfoComm 2014 photo tour below!
Click on any individual photo below to get the full-size David Fox badass lightbox!

Thinking About the Future

I’m always thinking about the future.  This morning particularly for some reason…  I woke up at 4am with it on my mind this morning really heavily.

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Whether it’s what’s next in lighting or what I’m going to do next with my day, it’s always on my mind.  We as humans have an inane need to find comfort in the similar and familiar, sometimes at a price of our happiness.  I’ve always enjoyed the journey, whether it be alone or with a companion, but the journey is the spice of life.  When you stop wanting to see what’s out there, or you stop wanting to discover new things, I think you’ve missed the point of life.  Things rock right now, and frankly I only see them getting better.  I am always looking to see what I can do to better the industry that has made me what I am today.

Let me ask this — are you involved in bettering the Lighting industries?  I work for a company that gives a shit, and it’s pretty f*cking cool.  It’s a first, as far as I am concerned, for me at least.  I am involved in things that literally change lives.  The more I work and the harder things get for the industry, the more I realize that we as an industry have to reach out and do our own outreach.  Redundant terms?  Maybe.  Absolutely important?  Absolutely.

I’ve traveled to and lived in some quite spectacular places in my travels.  I’ve seen some really amazing stuff, some really scary stuff, and some stuff that would make any human question what and how they were living.  I’m always interested to see what comes next.  For some, the future is a grind; it’s unknown and scary.  For me, I say bring it right the f*ck on.

Have a good day everyone, go out there and just own today.  If you want to leave a comment, I welcome it, and if not, may the sunshine be on your shoulders as you head into the future.

Jim

A Quick Letter to Robin Williams

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Robin Williams, I know you’re gone now, but I wanted to tell you something.

Your jokes and movies made me so happy during times in my life where everything was dark.  In many ways you and I are similar; we both make people happy sometimes at the expense of our own happiness.  Hearing that you passed really kicked my butt, man.  I wish that you and I could have become friends so that when you were down I could have given you a hug and said “hey man, come on.  forget this.  let’s go laugh this off and we’ll both feel better.”

There are so many people in this business that are just like you, Robin Williams.  We love to make people happy.  But then at the end of the day, sometimes there’s nothing to make the laughmakers laugh.  It’s a great tragedy of life.  As I get older, there are more of those great tragedies of life that come and go, things that we have to become accustomed to simply due to their permanence and inalterability.  There are so many things in life that we don’t realize are permanent unchangeable facts of life, like depression, like suicide, cancer, anxiety, exhaustion, alcoholism, addiction…  the list goes on and on, especially in our beloved industry.

I’m gonna miss you, man.  I’m so sorry that we didn’t get to be friends.

JimOnLight

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If you’re a Robin Williams kind of guy or girl and you need a hug, drop me an email, ok?  I can’t take another friend or good person leaving us like this anymore.  There’s also the Suicide Prevention Hotline if you’re feeling like there isn’t another way.  I can assure you that there are myriad other ways.  Please believe me.  There are other ways, and if you need, I will put a panel of huggers together and we will hug this shit out of your mind.  We’ll do it together.

We can do it together.

InfoComm 2014 – Creative Booth Design for CHAUVET Professional

I am unbelievably lucky to be here where I am right now:

  • I work for a lighting company that is doing awesome stuff
  • I have a supportive boss and team
  • I have an incredible production crew that makes the design happen
  • I have a crew who values the programming time needed to rock and roll

Could I be any luckier?!  Mike Graham, Danilo Oliveira, Lucciano Cabrera, Anthony ChiapponeCarmen Diaz — you guys are my absolute heroes.  Thank you for making this one happen while I was ralfing my guts out.  You truly made this one great for me, it was like a gift showing up and being able to start mashing buttons.  Thank you, team.

Check out the “creative” design video we made for InfoComm 2014!

Check out some photos of the booth — we had a blast!

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Lighting Insights July 2014 — Balancing Video and Lighting

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I’ve been doing a video series with CHAUVET Professional every month where we talk about things to make your lighting design and production more efficient or more fun — it’s solely geared towards you, the LD or lighting production technician.  This month we’re talking about balancing video and lighting together for a cohesive look onstage.  Check it out!

This One’s for Igor

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Hi, World.  Jim here.

My buddy igor is having a rough day.  No need to explain, he’s just having a tough time today.  I need everyone who reads JimOnLight to do me a favor — normally what I’d do when Igor was having a rough day is I’d just give him a big ass hug because, well, that’s my thing, I do that.  If I hug you at a trade show, it’s because I wanted to share the love!  Jim hugs are no joke, mophos.  So back to the favor…

If you can read this, or you’re around someone who can read this, close your eyes and think happy thoughts for a second or two, and send that shit to Igor, would ya?

I love you brother!  Hang in there man, you’re amazing!

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Reza and Igor at dinner