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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.

hang-in-there

 

 

Updates on the OnLights!

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This is where I got to write all last week — breeze, sun, outside. Peaceful!

Laura and I are on the move this week!  We spent the last week with Laura’s mom and stepdad at their cool house in Durham, Ontario — there is something completely different about Canada when you get away from the city centers.  Toronto is not representative of Ontario, or even Canada really — it’s like a mix of the nationalities you would get by sticking LA, Chicago, and NYC all into a huge cauldron and stirring it up.  Rural Ontario is amazing — the people are friendly, the towns are quaint, and there’s lots of road to be driven.

Tuesday morning we begin the next leg of the trip:  Durham, Ontario to Peoria, Illinois.  In about 10 hours we’ll stop driving and get out of the car to go to sleep!

We’re officially on the way to making Laura a permanent resident in the US, but in the mean time, we know we’re going to have to spend some time apart based on the residency maximums for a Canadian in the US.  It’s ok though, we’re ready for it, and Skype is an amazing thing.  This week is Illinois and my sister’s house in Peoria, IL.  If you’re within an half-hour of Peoria over the next week, send me an email or get ahold of me through the contact form and we’ll Tweet it up!

Our final destination is Dallas, Texas.  We’re heading there to set up camp and start promoting Lumen Buddha Studios, rock the full-time JimOnLight.com, and get back to the warm Dallas sun!

Now we return you to your regularly scheduled lighting adoration!  Have a great Monday, everybody!

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An X-Ray of My Broken Hand!

X-Rays are awesome!  You, the JimOnLight audience have had the horrid experience of fire and gore pleasure of seeing several images and video of the inside of my body (and not THAT kind of inside, GREG) during that absolutely awesome experience I had with shoulder surgery, MRIs, getting bruises from surgery turned into glass gobos, and the trials and tribulations of wiping with the non-dominant hand.

Ah, the memories.

Well CHECK IT OUT!  I broke my hand!  That means X-RAY IMAGES TIME!  It’s the right hand (duh), and if you look just over there at the right pinky finger, you’ll notice the break.  There’s also a crack that runs all the way down the side of my palm.  When I do something, I do it full-out!

I love x-rays!

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Also, remember this?

JimOnLight’s Shoulder MRI from Jim Hutchison on Vimeo.

Have a great night, everybody!  I’m going into a painkiller haze, and I should call my Dad before he Facebook guilts me to death.

[love you, f*cker!]

A Fox Family Las Vegas

You know, this last trip to Las Vegas for LDI 2012 makes 77 times to Las Vegas since I started going there in 2003 for shows.  Maybe that’s not a lot of Las Vegas for you, but that is a lot of Las Vegas for me.  A lot.

I always seem to forget to go do things like enjoy the Bellagio Fountains here and there, but I get out there and do it because I know it’s worth the spectacle of enjoying it now and again.  There are a lot of really great restaurants I love to visit when i go to Las Vegas, but there are usually only so many hours in the day.  Fox, who makes JimOnLight.com a nice place to live and not a Vince Flanders contender, took some time back in April for NAB 2012 to show me some of what outside of Las Vegas looks like.  I took a nice road trip back a few years ago to Zion National Park, but other than that, I’ve played a hell of a lot of places in Las Vegas, mostly corporate – so that means I’ve seen a lot of bars, restaurants, venues, bars, bathrooms, theatres, and bars in Las Vegas.  That was a different time though, ooh how I used to party…

Check out what was a really awesome evening with the Fox Family back in April 2012 for NAB!  This is completely not industry related, so sit back and sip the morning coffee and check out mountains!

Click on any image below and open the Gallery view!  This was a fun trip, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

 

My Random Traveling Life Lately

I just sorted through eleven thousand photos from the last few months.  I’m finally getting time to plow through the enormous backlog of content I have to share with you!

I noticed that I had so many photos of traveling — nothing really terribly focused, but just so much traveling.

SO.  MUCH.  TRAVELING.

I was going to try and put some rhyme or reason to this collection, but I think you’ll enjoy it if you don’t travel — and you’ll commiserate if you travel like me or more.  Some people travel about ten times what I do…

and then there’s the road warriors…

Check out the whole gallery!  There are 112 photos from random locations…  see if you recognize them!

(Click on a photo icon and you’ll open the JimOnLight Photo Gallery!)

 

ProLight+Sound 2012 – Eine Kleine Schweineschnitzel

Hiya, everybody!

I’m back in the land of the horse-riding 5-0, at the hotel for one more week.  I have an apartment that is available April 1, and I’ll be moving in April 2.  I never thought I would be so happy to see a king-sized bed and my little fan blowing air on me so I can sleep.  I’ll also be flying back to Oklahoma pretty soon to load-out of my apartment there and drive that stuff up to Toronto.  I’ll also be able to pick up my sweetheart!

I just spent the last nine days in Frankfurt, Germany working the CAST Software booth for ProLight+Sound 2012.  What an awesome show!  The Messe Frankfurt is huge;  there are about eleven buildings full of lighting, audio, lasers, pyro, musiccal instruments, thumping bass, people from all over the world, atmospheric haze, video screens, LEDs, and currywurst.  Holy moly, do I love currywurst.  I wish I would have taken a picture of the little chopping machine they stick the wurst in to chop it into bite-sized pieces — it would make every man who reads this blog cringe with pain and every woman laugh their asses off at the sympathetic pain response.  Yeah.

I took a few handfuls of pics from my iPhone, and I have some awesome video from the show, which I’ll be putting together soon.  I hope you enjoy the show!

Gallery – click on a thumbnail, and a window opens up to show you the glory!

Happy Thursday!

Happy Thursday, everybody!

Sorry for not posting yesterday, I have gotten a wicked case of Strep throat.  I’m glad I was able to finally find a Canadian clinic that would treat me after going to three (regardless of the fact that I have Canadian health insurance, how messed up is that?), and since I’m heading to Germany on Saturday for the ProLight+Sound 2012 Show in Frankfurt, there was no better time than the present.  One lady told me – and I’m not making this up – that the clinic could not treat me because “Americans love to sue, so we are unable to treat you.  It’s our policy.”

I’m sorry, but what the f*ck does that mean?!  Can you *really* refuse someone treatment in Canada for that kind of bullsh*t?  Where are all of the awesome Canadian strangers who aren’t douchebags, eh?  I need an honest Canadian hug!!!  Someone help me out, here!

ANY-WHO:  this is something LASER AND AWESOME for your Thursday morning!  Enjoy!

A JimOnLight Life Update

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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.

PLASA Focus, HERE I COME BOYEEE

AWWWWWWW YEAH BOYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

You know, sometimes I crack myself up.  No, actually, I crack myself up all the time.  If you’ve ever hung out with me, you know that I am prone to these outbursts of laughter pretty much constantly because I think the world is awesome and hilarious often, so you can imagine what my neighbors must think of the guy who works in his apartment all day long just cackling to himself all day.  Oh, yeah, I also speak with my cat.  She does speak conversational English, or maybe I speak conversational Meow, I’m not really sure.

I think I need to get out more.  Which, coincidentally, allows me to SEGUE INTO THE WHOLE REASON FOR WRITING THIS POST!  HA HAAAA!

Who’s coming to THE FOCUS?!  [haha that's not really what it's called, but for the time being it's called that in my noodle, so imagine it being said with a deep voice]

I’m literally about to jump in the car to drive from Oklahoma City to Austin for PLASA Focus, which is gonna be awesome!  I’m gonna be down there with CAST Software, so come by the CAST booth and give me a hug!  I love hugs; I was born with WAY too much extra Enthusiasm Karma, so I try to help spread it around the world by hugging everybody I meet.  FREE HUGS AT THE CAST BOOTH!  We’re right next to the InLight Gobos booth, so I GET THE BE NEXT TO TWO OF MY FAVORITE PEOPLE for like THREE DAYS!!!!

Shoot me a call if you’re in the PLASA Focus FALLOUT ZONE (aww yeah) and you wanna try and get together!  I have to believe there will be large groups of people being ridiculous.  Come be ridiculous!  Just hold down the star key on your cell and it calls my phone directly.  I KEED!

TWEET! ME! UP!  See you there!

Thanks Wikipedia