Between a rock and a hard place


Texas outlaws Lighting Design
May 27, 2009, 4:53 pm
Filed under: 2009, lighting

http://backstageat.backstagejobs.com/?p=412

 

 

This morning, the Texas House Senate passed HB 2649, which outlaws nearly all theatrical lighting designers currently working.  This bill forces all lighting designers to be either licensed electricians, or registered as an architect or interior designer.

SECTION 3. Subchapter G, Chapter 1001, Occupations Code, is
amended by adding Section 1001.3011 to read as follows:
Sec. 1001.3011. LIGHTING DESIGN; LICENSE OR REGISTRATION
REQUIRED. (a) A person may not perform or offer to perform
lighting design services unless the person is:
(1) licensed as an engineer under this chapter;
(2) registered as an architect, landscape architect,
or interior designer under Subtitle B, Title 6; or
(3) licensed under Chapter 1305.
(b) In this section, “lighting design services” means the
preparation of plans and specifications that depict the placement
and direction of illumination of mounted or installed lighting
fixtures in the interior or exterior of a building, including the
specification of bulbs, reflectors, lens, louvers, baffles, and
other hardware. The term does not include the preparation of shop
drawings or other directions from a manufacturer for the
installation or operation of lighting fixtures.
SECTION 4. Section 1001.401, Occupations Code, is amended
by adding Subsection (e) to read as follows:
(e) A license holder is not required to provide or hold any
additional certification, other than a license issued under this
chapter, to seal an engineering plan, specification, plat, or
report.
SECTION 5.Subchapter F, Chapter 1051, Occupations Code, is
amended by adding Section 1051.308 to read as follows:
Sec. 1051.308.  LIGHTING DESIGN; REGISTRATION OR LICENSE
REQUIRED. (a) A person may not perform or offer to perform
lighting design services unless the person is:
(1) registered as an architect, landscape architect,
or interior designer under this subtitle;
(2) licensed as an engineer under Chapter 1001; or
(3) licensed under Chapter 1305.
(b) In this section, “lighting design services” means the
preparation of plans and specifications that depict the placement
and direction of illumination of mounted or installed lighting
fixtures in the interior or exterior of a building, including the
specification of bulbs, reflectors, lens, louvers, baffles, and
other hardware. The term does not include the preparation of shop
drawings or other directions from a manufacturer for the
installation or operation of lighting fixtures.
SECTION 6. Subchapter D, Chapter 1305, Occupations Code, is
amended by adding Section 1305.1511 to read as follows:
Sec. 1305.1511. LIGHTING DESIGN; LICENSE OR REGISTRATION
REQUIRED. (a) A person may not perform or offer to perform
lighting design services unless the person is:
(1) licensed under this chapter;
(2) licensed as an engineer under Chapter 1001; or
(3) registered as an architect, landscape architect,
or interior designer under Subtitle B, Title 6.
(b) In this section, “lighting design services” means the
preparation of plans and specifications that depict the placement
and direction of illumination of mounted or installed lighting
fixtures in the interior or exterior of a building, including the
specification of bulbs, reflectors, lens, louvers, baffles, and
other hardware. The term does not include the preparation of shop
drawings or other directions from a manufacturer for the
installation or operation of lighting fixtures.

This bill will become law if signed by the governor, but it also has the votes to override a veto .  BackstageJobs.com urges every designer to join with the IALD in opposing this misguided bill. Otherwise, as of September 1, 2009, there will be a lot of shows going dark.

 

 

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Starting ’09 with a bang
January 5, 2009, 6:43 pm
Filed under: 2009, flashback, lighting, memories, theatre | Tags: ,

A friend of mine passed away last night. From a sudden heart attack. He was in his mid fifties. His name was Ed, and he was the most influential person in my career thus far, taught me a lot of what I know of the ‘business of the business’. 

 

Oh and I never met him in person. 

 

He called me back in 2005 on December 30th, when someone bailed on him for the New Years Eve in Times Square event, and asked me how long it would take me to get to New York City, and from then on out we were friends. We worked on the same gig, three times, and yet never once met each other face to face. 

 

How odd I know. 

 

Having him as a reference got me hired 4 times, and 2 of those jobs have led me to where I find myself today. How funny that a friendship, should grow across a 30 year age gap and the internet that would be so great. Ed believed that as the ‘Old Salt’ in the industry it was his job to help the younger ones figure out how it all worked. 

 

Thank you Ed, I’ll never forget the things you’ve done for me without even looking at me. And I promise to do the same when its my turn to be the ‘old salt’



Hoorah!
February 13, 2008, 9:24 am
Filed under: lighting, The Pursuit of Happiness, thoughts, work

So my survival of fashion week, was minimal. Frankly, it.kicked.my.ass. That having been said, it was a great experience, and really my first uber professional entrance into this industry. It was a good learning experience. And it definitely helped my abilities as a Production Manager, and a Lighting Director. New England was eh. good crews in New Hampshire. Meh, not great, down home guy in Maine. But it all worked out, I’m back in New York, I’ll be in Vermont with them next weekend, and then Connecticut. And maybe, perhaps, possibly, a little bit, sorta, hopefully, if-ily, on a month long European tour with them in the fall. But thats so up in the air, it might as well be in orbit. That having been said, anyone who stops by this blog should make their way over to www.rudecactus.com,  or www.sothefishsaid.com and congratulate them on their new addition to the family, Owen Gregory.  



Its just soooo fashionable..
February 3, 2008, 9:43 pm
Filed under: life, lighting, Whining and Moaning, work | Tags: , , ,

One show down.  

One show to go….. 

Then we move on to the dance company 

 So close……I’m hoping for some sweet swag….. 



Who needs fashion anyway??
January 28, 2008, 12:34 pm
Filed under: life, lighting, Whining and Moaning, work | Tags:


For the 3rd year in a row, I will not be able to watch the superbowl. Why you ask?
 
Because I work in the entertainment industry. And need to be at a fashion show load-in all weekend long. Yay. My life for the next 14 days you ask???
 
1/29-David Chu Townhouse focus
1/30-Office
1/31-Lighting Class (Ice shows….Ooooohh exciting)
2/1- Office
2/2- 4AM Load-in for Jonathan Saunders Fall ’08 show
2/3-8AM focus/show call for said fashion show
2/4-Office
2/5- Derek Lam Load-In for his Fall ’08 show
2/6- Derek Lam Focus/show call for said fashion show
2/7-Travel to Maine for Tap Kids Load-In
2/8-Three Tap Kids shows, followed by travel to New Hampshire
2/9-Load-in in NH for Tap Kids
2/10-Travel back to NY from Tap Kids gig.
 
Love the entertainment industry. But um hey, I can pay my rent next month. Oh and that $640 car repair bill….. 


Two shows trying to smother each other….
November 28, 2007, 12:40 pm
Filed under: college memories, lighting, theatre

The Laramie Project. This is one of the shows that I am responsible for, for my senior project. I know the show, but I don’t know much about our version of such yet. All I know is that there are a shit-ton of projections and TVs that fly. Should be interesting

Intimate Apparel. This is the second of the two shows that are running in repertory. I.E. on top of each other. I know nothing about it, except that there are lots of corsets and a flashpot in which I get to make things go boom.

Both shows should prove amusing in one way or the other. Stop on by and check ’em out if you’re in the Westchester, NY area.