Light Inquiries: The Life of a Lighting Designer
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"One of the most frequent comments made about training for the lighting designer is that it usually ignores the realities of day-to-day life in the profession. No book gives even a hint about 'how to survive.' I think these tales of life in the trenches will be 'illuminating.' It's fascinating to me how many parallels there are to be found in this selection of lives, no matter how different our backgrounds or fields of specialty. Its quite moving to get an insight into the battles, struggles and excitements that each individual has encountered. The rich diversity of experience that these stories cover is a cross-section of many problems, challenges and opportunities a designer will meet in his or her career."(Pilbrow, 199) In many ways this quote is exactly the reason this project came about. When does one hear about what really goes on in the world of lighting design? One always hears about the technical and artistic aspects of it, but where does the practical and personal aspects come into play? How does one make a living or even become successful in the field? These questions are in part what this project has been about. To try and find some answers to the many questions and now writing them up so that people can hear them. The write-up of the project consists of several parts; the first is an introduction to what the project is and why I decided to work on it. The second is a synopsis of what I gained from the project along with a critique of myself and the project in general. These two sections are written in a very informal voice because it is basically a journal ofwhat it took for me to complete this project. The third part is a summary of several of the questions that I asked in my interviews. These allow me to give a glimpse of the interviews and show what the project was meant to do. The fmal part is an appendix containing the interviews that I conducted, both in person and through email.
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