Jobs! Gigs! Who Needs New Shoes?

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It’s always nice to keep an eye on the job market for people, because it gives me a sense of what is out there and who is looking for what…  it’s also a good indicator of revolving door places, places who can’t keep talent in-house, and places that may not have been looking for what you have to offer them six months ago, but are looking for you now.  It’s always a good idea to know where you stand in this industry because shit is moving all the time.

There’s lots of gigs out there, just make sure you’re being diligent.

JOBS!  GIGS!

That’s it for now — get your ass out there and search every day for a job if you don’t have one…  don’t get complacent, it means more suffering for you and yours.  Also, never be afraid to do something you don’t want to do yet you’re qualified to do, especially if it means having income.  You’d be surprised what skillsets you have that people will pay for in the Lighting industries.

CHAUVET Professional is Looking for A Marketing Manager

Attention lighting marketing executives and brand managers, there’s a hot job open for you right now!

CHAUVET Professional is looking for an experienced Marketing Manager to rock and roll with the professional lighting markets!  Are you looking to make a change in the industry, or work with an exciting company making a serious mark on the lighting industries?  Check this out!

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Job title: Marketing Manager
Job location: Sunrise, FL 33351
Classification: Fulltime, Exempt, Salaried
Reports to: Vice President

Marketing Manager

The primary objective of this position is to develop and manage global marketing strategies and processes for designated Chauvet brands, products and market segments. The marketing manager effectively formulates, directs, manages and implements marketing strategies for trussing for lighting in event productions, tradeshows, mobile and retail applications.

Job Requirements include the following essential duties and responsibilities:

Develop at least one yearly marketing plan, in consultation with product development and sales departments, to meet marketing objectives. Formulate a budget to meet organizational objectives and submit it to the Vice President for approval. Manage the marketing budget. Stay abreast of changes in the industry to best serve the objectives of the organization and adjust plans accordingly. Conduct, assess and guide marketing efforts and programs to effectively position existing and future products, product lines and brands.

Monitor, review and report on all marketing activity and results in designated market segments. Provide monthly analytical reports and action plans to the Vice President.

Conduct and gather market research, competitive analyses, product positioning statements and solicit input from sales and product managers to formulate and implement the strategic planning and execution of marketing initiatives designed to build brand awareness within specified market segments and sales of designated products, sub-brands and related accessories. This includes training and sales presentation tools, customer engagement and education programs, all publicity, web sites, product reviews, social sites networking, digital marketing, trade shows, customer relations, public relations, blogs and forums and marketing collaterals.

Build and maintain strong relationships with the media, key industry professionals and the global network of dealers, representatives and distributors of designated brands and market segments. Provide and present training materials and brand guidelines to ensure the alignment of communication tactics across channels of distribution.

Plan and negotiate corporate partnerships, cross-marketing, and product placements at high profile events, performances, entertainment venues and clubs around the world.

Build and maintain relations with key influencers in designated market segments. These may include top LJs, DJ’s, LD’s, producers, event, architects and any other high profile influencers in designated market segment (s). Obtain and negotiate product endorsements, product placements, advertising and appearances by industry pundits, designers, high profile DJs, LDs, Architects and production houses in designated market segments.

Direct, approve, execute and oversee marketing materials, as needed, including box packaging and design, website content, adverts, silk screens, photography, videography and all other collateral materials needed to ensure successful branding or positioning of assigned product lines/brands. Oversee all marketing activities, including creative services, advertising, web and public relations relevant to the designated market segments.

Work collaboratively with other marketing managers to ensure an overall consistency and cohesiveness of our corporate brand and maximize the efficient use of marketing resources.

Conceptualize, execute and attend trade shows and promotional events as needed.

Accomplish human resource objectives by contributing to staff selection, orientation, training, scheduling, coaching, counseling, and disciplinary actions; communicating job expectations; monitoring, appraising, and reviewing job contributions; enforcing policies and procedures.
Help develop and mentor a productive and capable marketing staff. Provide timely development and performance feedback on direct reports and other marketing staff as required.

Other duties including management of direct reports, as assigned.

Education and/or Experience:

Bachelor’s Degree preferably in marketing and a minimum of 3 years experience in a marketing leadership position. A candidate without a college degree must demonstrate a minimum of 5 years of solid performance as a marketing or brand manager. Demonstrated experience in marketing technical products. Ability to rapidly develop a keen understanding of the designated market segment, a must. Familiarity with trussing entertainment lighting applications and rigging preferred. Additionally, work experience in professional lighting and related accessories and demonstrated knowledge of DMX-controlled lighting, preferred.

Physical Demands:

Work is performed primarily in a standard office environment. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The work may involve exposure to extreme noise levels. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee is occasionally required to sit and climb or balance. The employee will routinely be required to lift up to 25lbs. unassisted, and may occasionally be required to assist others to lift or move more than 50lbs. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. Overnight travel and extended international travel via air or land transportation required.

CHAUVET Professional is Looking for a Customer Engagement and Education Manager

My design for CHAUVET Professional's 2013 LDI booth!

My design for CHAUVET Professional’s 2013 LDI booth!

It’s my pleasure to post my job at CHAUVET Professional on JimOnLight.com because it’s a great company and the JimOnLight audience is comprised of lighting professionals who will benefit from the info… and my sadness all at the same time because I’m leaving one great family.  To those of you who don’t know yet, I’m leaving CHAUVET Professional to take an excellent opportunity with Avolites and Group One.  If you’re in the market for a great job with great people who are in love with light, you need to give this gig a look-see!

CHAUVET Professional is looking for a Customer Engagement and Education Manager to take my place.  Do you think you have what it takes to engage Pro customers across the world on Social Media, in person, and at shows?  Then you need to visit the CHAUVET Careers website to apply for this excellent position!

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Job title:
Customer Engagement & Education Manager Job location: Sunrise, FL 33351

Classification:
Fulltime, Exempt

Reports to:
Marketing Manager

The primary objective of this position is to support the CHAUVET® Professional, ILUMINARC® and TRUSST marketing managers in their efforts to build awareness for designated brands, products and technologies in order to influence purchasing decisions and drive sales. The Customer Engagement and Education manager acts as a brand ambassador and product champion by managing areas of content generation, tradeshows and events, end user engagement and training across all media platforms, and represents Chauvet in interaction with end users.

Job Requirements:
Include the following essential duties and responsibilities. Other duties may be assigned.

Constantly explore, recommend, use and optimize communication methods, vehicles and technologies to engage with various audiences, as part of a successful inbound marketing program. Communicate the company’s core message effectively, internally and externally.

Develop, launch, lead and monitor educational outreach programs and other internal and external training programs as directed.

Devise, arrange, present or help coordinate public appearances, lectures, seminars, contests, sponsorships, events or exhibits, including trade shows, to increase product sales and brand awareness and to promote goodwill.

Devise initiatives to engage customers. Gather, analyze and report customer insights and feedback.

Build and maintain relations with key influencers in designated market segments. These include top LJs, DJs, LDs, event producers and any other high profile influencers in designated market segment (s). Assist marketing managers in obtaining and negotiating product endorsements, product placements, testimonials and appearances by industry pundits, designers, high profile DJs, LDs and other influencers in designated market segments.

Lead all areas of content generation and production across all media platforms. Provide consistent and relevant content for company’s social media interaction. Optimize posts accordingly. Respond to end users on social media platforms, offering assistance and support as needed. Consult with product development to get accurate answers to technical questions. Maintain daily procedures outlined by manager that improve SEO and engagement.

Write and edit press releases, newsletters, speeches, sponsorships, case stories, community relations pieces and other relevant print, video and electronic materials for internal and external publication.

Ensure and document a steady coverage of brands in relevant media outlets. Build, maintain and regularly update a database of media and industry contacts.

Respond to requests for information from the media or designate another appropriate spokesperson or information source in a timely and knowledgeable manner.

Coach or assist brand representatives and Chauvet staff in communicating the company’s core message effectively, internally and externally. Proofread internal communications, sales and marketing communications as needed.

Promote and communicate the company’s core messages, history, technologies and corporate culture using a variety of media platforms.

Provide weekly and monthly project status updates. Maintain records of media coverage and PR initiatives.

Post articles with accompanying photographs, links and videos on company websites. Optimize posts accordingly. Provide weekly and monthly project status updates.

Assist with, staff, produce and conceptualize the production of short video segments as they relate to installations of products or demonstrations of products as assigned. Identify, film, report on and publicize applications.

Assist in the planning and creation of collateral, presentations, brochures, product sheets, fact sheets, case studies, white papers, web content, newsletters, signage, ads and sales tools with input from the marketing manager.

Consistently adhere to guidelines for all marketing materials and activities, product marketing, product management, executives, sales, and customers.

Gather and distribute leads from marketing generated programs. Overnight travel required.

Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee is occasionally required to sit and climb or balance. The employee must regularly lift or move up to ten pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. Travel is required for this position via air or land transportation.

Working Conditions:

Work is performed primarily in a standard office environment, but may involve exposure to moderate noise levels from printers and other peripherals.


Editor’s note:
If you fit the description that CHAUVET Professional is looking for to engage the excellent Pro lighting and touring audience, you need to quickly and without hesitation apply for this gig.  CHAUVET Professional is on the forefront of lighting entertainment — just watch television for five minutes and you’ll see CHAUVET Pro products.  Consider this a rockstar gig, folks!

 

CHROMA-Q is Looking for A Brand Manager

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Jobs, jobs, jobs — awesome company CHROMA-Q is looking for a Brand Manager.  Do you know what that is?  It’s a pretty freaking awesome gig!  Think you have the chops to drive industry progress?

Job Posting: Chroma-Q Brand Manager

28/04/2015

Chroma-Q’s award-winning entertainment and architectural lighting products have been setting new standards of performance for a huge range of leading lighting designers, specifiers, rental and production companies, venues, shows and events worldwide.

Chroma-Q Brand Manager

Chroma-Q is looking for a self-motivated and experienced Brand Manager to join our Global sales group. The successful candidate will be experienced in qualifying the client’s needs and requirements, vision oriented and demonstrates what is required to make a company and its brands realized and successful. This position requires the individual to build, cultivate and communicate with a wide network of people in varying marketplaces. We will need an excellent communicator, mentor and leader to motivate. Other duties include, but not limited to, promoting products lines into a market segment, training sales staff and dealers/clients on the importance of the branding, working on media and social networks to stimulate interest, and working with the R&D team to analyze the marketplace to generate new products. Liaising with both clients and dealers alike to ensure our customers’ needs are met and their expectations exceeded. Travel to several trade shows and research of existing and new marketplaces will be required.

NECESSARY SKILLS AND ABILITIES

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the skill and/or ability required.

  • 3 years’ experience in marketing and business administration
  • Project Management experience
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to present material and demonstrations to small or large groups
  • Good judgment and experience in the development of creative/communications
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Excellent MS Word and Excel and MS Outlook
  • Professional work ethic
  • Ability to direct others in daily activities
  • Ability to work well independently or as part of a team
  • Experience in customer service and client relationships
  • Working knowledge of Entertainment Lighting products, an asset

How to Apply

All interested candidate should send their resume to tracey.hill@aclighting.com, only candidates that match our requirements will be contacted for an interview. This position is available immediately.

A.C. Lighting Inc. is a member of the worldwide “AC Group of companies”, one of the world’s largest suppliers of professional lighting and associated equipment to the entertainment industry.

Lighting Designer Jobs! Who’s Hungry? #LightingJobs #JOL

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Time for Lighting Designer Jobs!

I love posting these — think of it as motivation to make sure you’re taking the best care of yourself that you can.  Keep yourself up-to-date with what is going on in our beloved industries of light, and make sure that you’re not falling into the trap of “oh, I’ll update my resume later.”  No, if you’re smart, you’ll update your resume now.  Unless you’re an executive or a member of a critical department in a lighting company of any kind, or you have a skill that is honed far beyond that of your colleagues in the industry, you’re generally expendable.  Keep that in mind when you think you’re valuable, you might just be having an ego day!

Look — even if you love your job — I love my job — you have to at least look at what’s out there, if for nothing else than to make sure you know your current industry worth.  If you don’t know what other relative positions in the market are worth to other companies, how on earth do you assume to be able to bargain at raise time?

Here’s a small sampling of LD gigs out there right now:

Interface Engineering in Portland, OR is looking for a Senior Lighting Designer
One Lux Studio
 in NYC is looking for a Junior Lighting Designer
Westlake Reed Leskosky
 in Cincinnati, OH is looking for a Architectural Lighting Designer

Sandstone Productions in Farmington, NM is looking for a part-time lighting designer.
The pay is pretty low considering the job, but something is better than broke.

On Site Lighting & Survey in Buffalo, MN (that’s right, NOT NY) is looking for a Lighting Designer
WSP Group
in San Francisco is looking for a Lighting Designer
Applied Minds in Glendale, CA is looking for an Architectural Lighting Designer

An unnamed Lighting Manufacturer in Chicago, IL is looking for a Lighting Design Assistant

i2Systems in Morris, CT is looking for an Architectural Designer — they’re an LED company

Phoenix Zoo is looking for a Lighting Designer for their ZooLights gig — it’s a year-round position
EVINE Live is looking for a Lighting Design Technician

L’Observatoire International in NYC is looking for a Senior Lighting Designer

That’s enough for today.  Good luck out there everyone, this is a job seeker’s market.

 

 

Lighting Designer Jobs! Who’s Hungry?

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How does one become a sausage biscuit, really?  Must be a zen thing

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 BoardIALD 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:

George Sexton Associates is looking for a Senior Lighting Designer.
So is PritchardPeck — another Senior Lighting Designer gig.

Tillotson Design Associates is looking for a Project Manager/Lighting Designer.
Lightemotion in Montreal is looking for a Junior and Senior Lighting Designer/Project Manager.

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!

 

Oh My God, It’s July — and JimOnLight is Back!

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Hi everyone!  Oh, how I have missed you.

I’ve been on the hunt for a new job, and I am very proud to say that after almost five months of hell, I have been offered the most perfect job for a great lighting company in south Florida.

Perhaps even better news than that is that I accepted the position, and I start August 15!  I’m keeping the company under wraps for now, mostly because I am continuing my lifelong research and writing obsession with light and the lighting industries through JimOnLight, and I want to maintain my integrity as a researcher and writer.  But let me just say this — a position has been created for me that I am honored to accept, and I am excited to get back to work — this time for a company and a boss who will treat me like a human being.  How exciting is THAT?!

My experiences over the last almost five months have been intense to the point of Albert Camus’ worst nightmares — doors that I thought would be wide open I found locked tighter than Fort Knox, while other doors that I assumed would be deadbolted swung wide open and welcomed my big bald head with open arms.  If there is anything I have learned from this experience since March is that you never really know who your real friends are, even those you’ve supported at every turn, until you need a friend in return.  It’s literally made me change my entire philosophy of life and work.  On one hand I’m pretty thrilled to change philosophy, but on the other hand I’m pretty bummed to see that the majority of the people for whom I’ve done lots of work were just as quick to turn their backs as someone I never met before.  Ce la vie.  

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“You’re out, smartass. Hit the dugout.”

One thing is definite for all of you out there still in the situation I just got lucky enough to slide out of — you have to hold onto hope, you have to hold tight, and you have to beat the pavement in order to make something happen.  Finding a job in this economy is no small feat, and it’s no small victory once you’ve found a way out of the mire.  Let me be the first to tell you that sometimes the shit can get dark.  It is hard to exist when you have no money.  It’s hard to get by when all of the laws are written to help those who can help themselves but live on the system, I know this for a fact.

I’ve had lots of time to think about what to say to help those lighting industry folks who are down and out, and are losing hope:

  • Get used to the fact that your life needs to be different (read that as cheaper) until you get steady money coming in again.  Life’s not over, it’s just stalled out a bit.
  • HANG IN THERE.  This crap will change if you keep doing what you’re doing, which hopefully is making the calls to everyone and anyone you know, letting them know that you’re looking for something.
  • JOB SEARCH RESOURCES — Check it out, nothing hurts when you’re without a job!
  • Tune up that resume — put a call on Facebook to some of us out there, any number of us would be more than happy to help a fellow industry member by taking two minutes to look over your resume.
  • Do you have a savings account?  GET ONE.  Are you sticking a decent portion of your take-home after bills in that savings account?  If you answered anything other than “you bet your bottom dollar I am,” START SAVING.  Save ANYTHING YOU CAN.  it will help down the line.
  • Expect some percentage of rejection and disappointment.  Sorry folks, but it’s true.  When you send out resumes and portfolios en masse, you’re going to experience a good portion of “no, sorry” responses.  It happens.  It just means that its time to get out there and keep pushing.
  • If you have family, see what they can do for you.  You might need to suck it up and move home for a bit (hey, I did it, I can never thank my Dad enough for what he’s done for my wife and I, he literally saved us) until you can get back on your feet.
  • If you have friends, see if they can help you out.  Suck it up if you’re destitute, your pride isn’t doing anything but screwing you up.
  • If you have “habits,” like drinking or smoking, guess what?  YOU CAN’T AFFORD IT RIGHT NOW.  You also can’t afford to be eating out all the time, either — it’s time to get used to bologna and ramen for a bit.  The stuff isn’t all that bad, believe me.  It’s way better than fucking starving.
  • If you have a wife, girlfriend, boyfriend, husband, whatever — MAKE TIME TO SPEND WITH THEM.  QUALITY time.  Spend time with them where you’re not looking at your phone searching for jobs, and get used to dumping the shit out of your brain so that you can also be a good partner.  I cannot stress this to you enough — being unemployed and broke is EXPONENTIALLY WORSE when you have to fight all the time with your loved one.  Also, it costs nothing to walk around the park holding hands and talking about things.
  • I said this before, but HANG IN THERE!  This WILL get better.  It might take a month, two months, or twelve months.  It does happen.  It just might be a while.  It was for me, anyway.

If you need a pick-me-up, drop me a line.  I’d be glad to do what I can for you.  I have great jokes.  Sometimes all it takes is a smile on your face to greatly improve your day when you’re out of work.

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Looking for A Job in Light? Me Too! Here’s Some Lighting Industry Resources to Help!

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It’s no secret that jobs are right tight out there right now – even I’m looking for something full-time!  (Interested in something I have to offer?  Email me!)

The one thing that you have to remember when getting out there is that no matter what you do, you have to be diligent in the chase.  There are hundreds of thousands of other people out there looking for work, and if you don’t keep digging, you will find nothing.  And, if you’re having trouble finding a Lighting Industry gig, take inventory of your skills and look at other avenues.  What I find is that people who work in Entertainment have some of the easiest times transitioning to other fields either temporarily or permanently, depending on their drive to stay in Light or their dedication to the industry.  Sometimes you might find something outside of the realm of Entertainment Lighting and discover you just found a career worth keeping!

Me, however…  I love Light, so I’m destined to believe in this field until I’m completely penniless like Tesla at the end, or dead from a heart attack.  I did look at a few job postings at Raytheon and Lockheed Martin because I love some of the work that they’re doing.  Perhaps you might also look outside of the industry to see if there’s something out there you might be excellent at doing, there’s nothing wrong with it.  We live in a Capitalistic society, and money is the name of the game.  Sometimes you can’t always work in your chosen profession, but you have to work to live!

Here’s some excellent industry resources, updated pretty often.  I highly recommend making these your frequent daily stops if you’re like me and looking for work.

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OFFSTAGEJOBS.COM (used to be Backstagejobs.com):
This resource is absolutely one of my favorites, and there are jobs on here from administrative work and teaching gigs to designer and technician work, in all avenues and realms, including touring.  This is an excellent place for finding work – my first post-graduate school lighting design gig, which was with Sandy Duncan, Peter Scolari, John Davidson, and Eddie Mekkin, came from Offstage Jobs.

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THE USITT JOB BOARD
USITT posts and hosts a Job Board that seems to be updated with relative frequency; most of the jobs on the USITT site are cross-posted in other arenas as well, so don’t be surprised if you see duplicate or multiple similar job postings.  However, this is a perfect place for lighting and entertainment jobs.  I highly recommend it!

artsearch

ARTSEARCHArtsearch is pretty much the go-to resource in the Entertainment and Theatre industry for work; people and companies post lots of higher ed jobs there, as well as design, technical, administrative, and the like.  It’s also subscription-based, which is a pay service, but they also put out a paper rag that most theatre departments and schools across the country subscribe to monthly.  if you’re a student, stop by the office and ask to see the copy!  If you’re not, do some google searching and see if you can find access.  Sorry to people who disagree out there, but if people post their passwords and logins online, they should expect for others to utilize them.  This market is tight, vicious, and predatory – there are lots of people vying for not lots of gigs.  If you want the work, go get the work.

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HIGHEREDJOBS.COM
Are you a professor, instructor, or someone looking to get into education in Entertainment or Lighting Design?  You need to go here, and nowHigher Ed Jobs is the place where most universities post their offerings – and please take me at face value when I say that not all people who write these job applications are people who are in our industry.  Use that nugget of knowledge from JOL to use your time to comb through the job postings with a fine-toothed comb.  Not all postings will be under the searchable query, you might have to get resourceful and use some of your read-skimming prowess and dig in with both hands to the categories of jobs on HigherEdJobs.com.

NOW HOLD ON THERE, NANCY GRACE…  BEFORE YOU GET STARTED…

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There are also some places where you can find gigs related to Lighting, or maybe even in the Entertainment field – but also remember that you might not find exactly what you want, but that is no reason NOT to look when you DO NOT have a gig.  Some alternative places to check daily are:

simplyhired

Simply Hired – search query “Stage Lighting”
I’ve found some pretty interesting lighting industry gigs on SimplyHired in the last few weeks, and I recommend keeping this on your daily search list.  It’s a corporatized website with lots of jobs from all over the world, but like anything, you need to dig down and do some creative searching of your own.

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The Edison Report – Lighting Jobs
Another place with recent and updated lighting jobs from both the Architectural and Engineering subsets of lighting – if this is your thing, check it out.  But also let me remind you that just because it has Engineering or Architecture in the title, it does NOT mean you’re ineligible!  Perhaps you just need to tune your skills resume a little!

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General Electric – Lighting Jobs Worldwide
Sometimes the best thing to do is to check the manufacturer’s websites for Job Postings.  It is amazing what you find!  Right now, at the time of posting this, General Electric had about 95 jobs posted on its international job board!

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Indeed Jobs – Lighting search
Another jobs search engine that will need to have your attention to dig a bit deeper in the queries for “lighting” related gigs, Indeed is a great place for job searching.  Especially for technical and managerial jobs.  You’d be surprised how quickly your skills from this industry might lead to some kind of a management or supervisor gig with excellent pay and serious benefits.  It’s definitely something that can’t be overlooked, especially if you already don’t have a gig!

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Last but not least – CareerBuilder.com search for Lighting Jobs
One of the places I always check for gigs is CareerBuilder – it’s yet another corporate jobs search site, but with some fudging around and creative searching, you can find some excellent gigs in the Lighting fields.  CareerBuilder has actually come through for some folks I know who work in Civil and Infrastructure Lighting in Wyoming, and it was an excellent gig.  Again, no job offering place is too good for you, you must be diligent and continue to look, and everywhere!

Other places to check out, become involved in, and constantly search for job offerings in Lighting – WEB FORUMS!  Everyone seems to overlook this very important fact, but getting involved in the industry is the best way to land the gig you want.  People are always looking out for jobs out there, and there are tons – literally – TONS – of forums out there that offer job postings.  A few of these include, but are not limited to:

  • The Light Network – a great place just to be involved, but also to get your resume and skills out there for the industry to see
  • ProLightingSpace – another industry forum to meet people, get involved, and keep your name in the mix!
  • TheatreFace – a more theatre-centric forum with lots of people involved in its maintenance.
  • Roadie.net Greenroom – for roadies and techs and designers alike, Roadie.net is centered around the road and working in Production.  Go say hello!

Did I miss some?  Probably.  Is this a great start in your job searching mission of awesome?  YES!

No matter what you end up doing, please take my advice and add these places to your daily job search sites.  I also really hope that you’re not without work for too long, being unemployed sucks hard!  I wish you the best of luck finding something gratifying in Light!

EIBTM 2012 – Lighting Designers, JUMP ON THIS

I just got back last week from Barcelona, Spain – I was over at EIBTM 2012 for CAST; we’re exhibiting the Vivien suite and showed some wysiwyg to some folks.  In this respect, that’s unimportant.  What is important is the fact that I have never been to a show where there was such a potential for lighting design greatness than I have when I saw the show floor at EIBTM.

First – this show is absolutely jam packed and crazy.  Good crazy, mind you — this is a large show completely filling the Fira Gran Via Barcelona, which is a big, beautiful hall:

There are stand after stand of countries marketing to Event and Meeting Professionals and hoteliers and all kinds of really corporate stuff — 5-star hotel chains showing their best properties, city and country travel and tourism bureaus hocking their destinations as the “in” place to come for a particular event/meeting/what-have-you, and there is a lot of really tremendous design there — glass and wood, real plants, just and amazing display of crafstmanship.  Even our stand, a 10X20 over in the Technology Pavilion, had puttied and painted corners and generally looked sleek and nice.  There was one thing missing from most of these displays, and there were some magnificently enormous displays…

…the touch of a Lighting Designer.

There is amazing opportunity here, people — perhaps it’s time to start putting together some proposals and sending out some resumes, yeah?  Even though this is not (I repeat not) a lighting trade show by any stretch of the imagination, some of these countries’ displays could really benefit from the touch of a lighting designer.  Countries like Estonia, my favorite stand even though not the largest, could really benefit from some nice programming and sequencing to best fit their country’s appearance.  There is something so elegant about having the calculated eye of an LD to put some real pizzazz into something so important as hundreds of millions of dollars of potential revenue, if not exponentials of that figure.

This is not to say that they didn’t have the services of a lighting designer, but to me it did not appear as though an LD had given a lot of input other than GI (general illumination) in many of these cases.  Also keep in mind I’m a critical bastard who looks intensely at these things, and from a different perspective than any one of the attendees of this show — it’s just not what the show is about at all, it’s about destinations, events, meetings, and all of the revenue that goes along with that industry.  BUT, to the right LD, one of these stands could be a playground of immense proportions!

A few random teasers — there is a gallery at the bottom of the post with everything and anything from this trip!

Entering into the Fira Gran Via Barcelona for the show:

Spain’s EIBTM booth:

Denmark’s EIBTM booth:

Holland’s EIBTM booth:

Oh yeah, and Barcelona!  It was my first time in Spain, but I have to report that I only got to enjoy one really great meal and a bunch of hotel and convention floor food, I had the show on top of a beta program going on and writing documentation for said release.  I got a lot of cell phone shots of various locations around Barcelona, but I was busy from sun-up to sundown and didn’t really get much of a chance to enjoy Barcelona.  Sorry, Barcelona!  Maybe next time!  My Dad says you’re pretty cool, though.  La Barca del Salamanca is one awesome awesome awesome restaurant in Olympic Village along the water in Barcelona, there are some shots in the gallery of the amazing meal we had there with Corbin Ball!  Thanks Corbin, I had a blast!

Awesome.

Every street a different set of panels, but every street had them about every ten meters for miles.

The Maitre d’ un-crusting the salt from our sea bass at La Barca del Salamanca!

This image below was so awesome – this was a stone statue of a woman and child that was sitting by the Fira Gran Via loading dock entrance.  It’s obviously very old, but it was just so excellent to see this stone woman standing guard with her child over the loading dock.  I love stuff like that.

Click on any image thumb below and open up the Gallery view!

A JimOnLight Life Update

Lumiere on her throne

Holy crap, I miss my freaking cat.

I have gotten quite a few emails about what I’ve been up to lately, so I figured a post is in order!  Life has taken me all kinds of places and in all kinds of directions over the last three months – it’s been a whirlwind, that is fo sho.  Back in December, I left teaching to take a promotion at CAST Software as the Product Manager for wysiwyg and Vivien Event Designer.  I have been working for CAST for about three years writing product copy and technical articles, and the job as product manager opened up back in December.  Pretty much everything has been going full speed since then.  I have been here and there, I just drove halfway across the country (from Oklahoma City to Iowa to Toronto) in my Mustang.  I had to drop of Lumiere at Grandma’s house so Daddy could come up to Toronto and work.

So I did this:

in this:

Misti the Mustang

You know, it’s true – they didn’t design Mustang seats for long-range comfort.  Yeah, I bought a Mustang.  Yeah, I f*cking love it.

A few weeks ago I saw a bunch of you at PLASA Focus in Austin, TX – got to spend three days with Rick and Adri and a ton of other awesome people, saw The Swinging Johnsons play at Antones, had an awesome breakfast with Gil and Bruce from CAST and Matthew Griffiths from PLASA (that guy is pretty cool!).  I think it’s a goal in my life to get Gil Densham to belly laugh.  I’LL DO IT, yes I will!

I have video and photos from PLASA Focus – they’re coming.  Hold tight.  I’m also finishing up the first episode of JimOnLight TV!

So now I’m up here in Toronto working my butt off and loving every minute of what I’m doing.  Besides JimOnLight.com, it’s been a LONG time since I’ve felt like that.  I’m living in a hotel right now; it’s a nice hotel and all, but I am very, very excited to get the **** out of here and into my own place.  I am looking at a place this evening that I want, really close to the office, and in a nice area.  I wish I could explain how thrilled I am at the prospect of getting out of this hotel and having my routines back!  Oh, and having my little meower back?  HOLY SH*T!  I have been without her for about three weeks now, and I miss the heck out of her.  it’s so funny – I never really thought of the impact of literally spending all day every day with her and then not being around her for a month or more.  That sucks!  My mom is saving my ass right now too, she’s watching lil’ miss kitty until I can get moved and come and pick her up.

Meow, eh?

Of course, I guess I could get out more.

So right now, I have three people I really like helping me make JimOnLight one of the world’s most visited lighting websites.  I have two jobs that I am completely in love with — I get to write JimOnLight AND I’m working on the cutting edge of pre-viz and tracking tech.  I get to do what I love all day long (and sometimes all night just because I can!) and I feel very lucky.  Now if I can get my cat up here and get her to poop in the toilet?

Amazing.