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.  😀

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!


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


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


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


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


Tobin Neis of Barbizon and Sharon Gross from Bandit Lites!


Hi Brad! Brad Schiller, ladies and gentlemen!


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


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


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!


Feelin’ CONGO with Susan Rose!


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


Randy Wade! What’s up man?!


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


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


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


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


Rosco Matt! Awesome chatting with you mandingo.


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


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


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


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


Hi Justin!


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




AWWWW! It was so great to see Jax.


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.


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


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


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


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


Dr. DMX!


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


I call this one “nefarious smiles”


Danilo having an eyebrow moment


Jeremy, JOL, Crystal LEE!


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






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


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!


Andre!!! Cool to meet you, duder!


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?!?!


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!



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

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



Lighting Insights – Mastering Color, Part 2

Another video in the Lighting Insights series I shoot for CHAUVET Professional, Part 2 of Mastering Color!

In case you missed Part 1, check it out:

Just Another (Thanksgiving) Day

Hey everybody. How are you all doing? I just wanted to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving as we start the holiday season.

I hope most of you have managed to get the day off or at least some time off to enjoy the day with friends and family. If you’re like me, this is just like any other day except traffic was superb. I luckily have the day-shift and will be home for dinner. I’ll be joining my wife and kids and some friends, once I get off of work, for dinner. I know, call me lucky. Better yet, call me thankful because it has not always been that way.

For some of us, myself and Jim included, the rest of our family – parents, brothers, sisters, or spouses…our loved ones – are in another city, state, or country. It’s hard.

Thankfully, yesterday the fine man at Q2Q Comics, Steve Younkins, put out this little single panel comic for us all. It reminds us that there are plenty of us in the same situation, and they’re probably sitting in the same venue you are now.

Theatre Is A Family

Now, take the time to put aside your workplace problems with each other, and be thankful that you have the company, the income, the warm place to be, and a whole bunch of strangers coming your way to enjoy your work – even if they don’t see it that way.

Now, go unto the people and make the day awesome!

*hugs* Fox (and Jim)

JimOnLight Interviews Psyberpixie


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 audience.  many of you dig ‘Pixie’s work, thank you for the links you send!!!  Keep them coming!

JOL Sunday Flickr

Another week, another task list, another group of things to get done before NEXT week!  We’re all in the same boat in the Lighting Industry right now as we all prepare for the Prom of the industry, LDI 2014.  Who’s going, who’s not going, and who is going that has never been?

Check out some photos from the very awesome and never disappointing Flickr Group Photo Pool!

JOL Sunday Flickr #26

Another weekend has come and gone…  now we need inspiration for the upcoming week.  Check out some top images from the JimOnLight Flickr Group Photo Pool.  This is an amazing collection of photon magicians, totally worth a look.

Check it out here.

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.

Canopy of Shadow

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.


JOL Sunday Flickr #25

It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted one of these.  I hope you enjoy this visual inspiration on this Sunday evening.

If you frequent Flickr and you love light like me, come on over and join the Flickr Group!

Enjoy your Sunday evening, world. Recommends the ROGUE R2 Spot for the 2014 Parnelli Awards!


Ok, I’m blown away by this fixture, and I want to ask you, the readership, for your help in nominating this piece of lighting awesomesauce.  Meet the ROGUE R2 Spot from CHAUVET Professional, a fixture I’ve had the chance to rock on several occasions:

Check out the ROGUE R2 Spot microsite!

It has to be said, I work for CHAUVET Professional as many of you know, but no one asked me to do this or is paying me to do anything.  This is the first moving head I helped to get out into the world, and I am ever, ever so proud to work on this amazing team of engineers, developers, and industry experts.  I truly think that the ROGUE R2 Spot is one bad mamajama — it’s THE bright, quick, accurate, and fully-featured LED moving head gaining traction all over the world.  I’ve been fortunate enough in my career to see and play with pretty much every moving head out there, and the ROGUE series pretty much rocks my face.

GO HERE to nominate the ROGUE R2 Spot for this year’s 2014 Parnelli Indispensable Technology Awards.  I’m hanging my reputation on this one folks, it’s one of the coolest things I’ve ever had the chance to work on, to see born right before my eyes.

GET OUT THE VOTE!  Thanks for playing, everyone!  If all else fails, tell ’em JimOnLight sent you!


Oh yes indeed, kids!  The #ICEBUCKETCHALLENGE was accepted by Tobin Neis from Barbizon, and I reached out to Berenice and Albert Chauvet and all of TEAM CHAUVET to really try and put my money where my big loud mouth is to FIGHT ALS.  A special thanks go out to Connor Graham, who took the challenge with Albert Chauvet and donated his own money to fight ALS.  Connor, YOU ROCK, BUDDY!

NOW YOU’RE UP, George Masek and Bob Gordon from ACT Lighting, and Richard Belliveau from High End Systems/Barco!  Richard, I know you got nominated twice, but guess what?  WE JUST LOVE YOU THAT MUCH, BROTHER!

ANYONE can donate to ALS.  Just go to and donate.  We did the challenge and we’re donating.  Them’s the rules, kids!

Here’s Tobin’s initial challenge video, Tobin, thank you SO MUCH for the nomination!  Max, YOU ROCK, BUDDY!