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The Live Design Excellence Awards – Voting is Open!

Live Design Online is hosting the 2010 Live Design Excellence Awards, as in previous years.  The award governs a selection of genres of individual design, and voters have been given an array of projects on which to vote.  The Live Design Online website has information on each of these projects – check them out before you vote!  I think I know people on at least half of these projects – which makes my vote even more difficult!

From Live Design Online’s Excellence Awards website (which is where you need to go to vote!):

The following pages contain the nominees for outstanding individual achievement in design for projects occurring from September 2008 to October 2009. These awards represent an opportunity for industry professionals to be recognized among their peers.

One winning project will be chosen in each of the following categories; please select one project in each category below. Winners will be featured in the May issue of Live Design and will be honored at the Broadway Master Classes that same month.

Architainment:
Grand Opening Of Atlantis
Pretend City’s Children’s Museum

Concert:
Exile Perfect Live 2008 Tour
Essence Awards 2009

Corporate Event:
Rolex Mentor And Protégé Gala At Hamlyn Hall Royal Opera House
Two Millennia Of Heroism

Live for Broadcast:
Junior Eurovision Song Contest
Grant Park Election Night Rally

Theatre Production:
Swan Lake At San Francisco Ballet
Rooms, A Rock Romance

Venues (Club or Lounge):
Freight & Salvage
Blaze Nightclub On Royal Caribbean’s Oasis Of The Seas

Venues (Theatre or Performance):
The Joint By Rouge
Jerome Robbins Theatre At Baryshnikov Arts Center

Check out last year’s Excellence Awards winners – some amazing works!

JimOnLight.com JOBS – JOBS JOBS JOBS!!!

So, are you working steadily right now?  Are you paying the rent, the mortgage, the bills – eating alright?  If you’re not working, or freelancing and in need of a gig – what are you doing about it?

If you’re looking for work, you should be making the rounds daily at your favorite job sites, calling references, emailing and calling everyone you can possibly think of, making your name known, and getting it into the front of potential employers’ brains.  You’re not going to get work by not looking for it – no matter how hard you don’t try.  Getting work is work, and it’s work because you have to work for it.

Cheesy?  Maybe.  But how’s that job search coming?

I have a handful of favorites when I’m looking to pick up freelance income, light a show, or look for a steady gig.  There are lots and lots and lots and lots of places online that are posting gigs – there are also a lot of places out there that have a bunch of postings for a wide variety of things related to your field, and most of the time you have to sort through them, and often.  Remember, work.

Theatre Communications Group (TCG)’s famous Artsearch
Artsearch is the entertainment jobs rag that’s been around – well – forever.  In addition to their print jobs listings, they have a healthy online subscription-based product that is the pay go-to place for gigs.

Backstage Jobs
I got some of my first big gigs from Backstage Jobs – there are lots, in a large net of fields in the entertainment business, from tours to summer gigs, resident positions, and contract work.

Esta.org Job Board
The Entertainment Services and Technology Association – or ESTA, affectionately – has a job board with a good handful of listings.  From my experience with esta’s jobs, they’re usually good, high quality gigs.

Myspace Jobs
Maybe you don’t have a Myspace page, but I still have mine from WAY back in the day.  Myspace has a decent amount of good gigs, actually!  The link above is for the query “Lighting Designer,” for example.

JobZone at Live Design Online
Live Design Online has what they call the “JobZone.”  It’s chock full-o-jobs.  Lots of different genres.

Playbill Online’s Job Board
Not Playboy, PLAYBILL.  You know, the thing you always get at shows.  Their website has a lot of job postings for all kinds of entertainment jobs.

This is a small list of job search places, but it’s some of what I use.  Yeah, I’m sharing that with you in one place for your benefit – it’s because I’m glad you read the site!  Also, I am going to be posting jobs here, in a special page that’s being built, specifically for jobs dealing with light and the lighting industries.  More on this in the very near future.

“Passing Strange” and the Wall of Light

Have you heard of the new-ish Broadway musical, Passing Strange ?  I remember hearing a segment on NPR with the writer, performance artist/singer/songwriter Stew about the show, and what went into writing it.  Good stuff.

Also good stuff, Kevin Adams’ lighting design for Passing Strange with its big ol’ LED and fluorescent fixture wall.  That thing is beautiful – it’s a machination of color, intensity, and vibration that brings that show to amazing heights – in both artistry and musical longevity.  The images are stunning.

Live Design Online has a great great article about Kevin’s work on the show, the equipment he used to achieve the look, and how he approached the ideas of the wall.  From the article:

The lighting in Passing Strange shifts in timbre as well, with some of the songs lit as if in an isolated concert space, with tight pools of rock ‘n’ roll style lighting and haze provided by an MDG Atmosphere hazer, and it then goes back to a more natural look for the realistic scenes. The lighting for the band adds another layer to the palette, as well. “The musicians each have a white PAR spot and Source Four with a Coloram scroller above their heads, with all kinds of saturated colors I don’t normally use, such as unusual yellows, oranges, and electric pinks,” says Adams. At the end of the show, 30 GAM Star Strobes pop on out in the house for an explosion of light during the curtain call. “The lighting adds to the excitement of the show,” says Adams. “It doles out its strength when it needs it.”

Also, on Kevin’s portfolio site, he has an article posted about the show as well, from American Theatre.