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LD at Large

The Struggle is Real

Chris Lose •
  • LD at Large
  • October 2018
• October 13, 2018
I just finished another wildly successful show and I feel terrible. It feels like everyone is happy about the results except for me. The crowd cheered, the artists were lit and I could hardly feel worse. I’m filled with self-doubt. If left unchecked, these unfortunate attributes of myself can lead to depression, or worse. All […] Read More...

The Language of Lighting

Chris Lose •
  • LD at Large
  • September 2018
• September 14, 2018
After 22 years in the lighting game, I have learned a thing or two about how to talk to people. I have learned that communication is the basic fundamental building block of our industry. Communication is how we get gigs, how we portray our message and how we make one another feel. We express ourselves […] Read More...

The Show Before the Show

Chris Lose •
  • August 2018
  • LD at Large
• August 13, 2018
“A stunning first impression was not the same thing as love at first sight. But surely it was an invitation to consider the matter.” —Lois McMaster Bujold The performance starts as soon as the audience walks into the venue. The sight of the lobby, the smell of the arena, the ambience of the house music […] Read More...

Why We Do What We Do

Chris Lose •
  • July 2018
  • LD at Large
• July 13, 2018
The power of inclusivity is strong within the theater world. The tie-line that bonds us together cannot be broken by color, race, religion, region or gender. We are united in our common goal and will not let any unnecessary divisions separate us. We judge people based on their ability to complete a task in an […] Read More...

Growing Glowing Relationships

Chris Lose •
  • June 2018
  • LD at Large
• June 4, 2018
Relationships rely on loyalty, communication and constant effort. That is why I maintain an unwavering relationship with Benjamin Franklin. When I nurture my relationship with Benjamin, he takes care of my family and me. Relationships like these are the cornerstone of our boutique industry. Concert lighting is a niche market that feels big when you […] Read More...

Say ‘Yes’ to the Mess

Chris Lose •
  • LD at Large
  • May 2018
• May 14, 2018
Life is messy. We can clean it up over and over and over again, but it will return to its messy state without any interference from us. The six-year-old twins that dominate my household have led me to conclude that raging against the mess will only lead to more rage. Accepting the mess allows me […] Read More...

Respect Your Intuition

Chris Lose •
  • April 2018
  • LD at Large
• April 12, 2018
Let your intuition lead, and your intellect will follow. In a recent study that I Googled for this introduction, car buyers who had chosen their purchases quickly, based on intuition, were far more satisfied with their choices than those who had spent time analyzing pros, cons and conflated analysis. As humans, we are driven by […] Read More...

The Story of Jack Genner and Suzy Ciffic

Chris Lose •
  • LD at Large
  • March 2018
• March 12, 2018
I have two suppositious friends in this business. They are Jack Genner and Suzy Ciffic. I respect both of them equally for their exemplary work ethic. They are both able to hold down a family life and great jobs. They are both educated and easy to get along with. Their stories have been spread through the cement floors of our industry in many ways. Both Jack and Suzy have chosen separate and distinct paths to their own comfort level in our fine industry. I would like to take time to tell you both of their stories in an effort to let you decide which path you most identify with. Read More...

Just Wing It!

Chris Lose •
  • Current Issue
  • February 2018
  • LD at Large
• February 15, 2018
Unorganized productions are the body of the chicken flailing around after the head has been chopped off. They are, pun intended, “just wingin’ it.” Organization is the guard dog that keeps the feathery artistic minds of our field contained in the coop of progress....Since I have started working on high profile gigs, I have become complacent. I have started to take daily schedules for granted. They come in my email; I glance at the lighting lobby call time and then discard them as if no one put any serious time and effort into producing them. After my most recent gig, I will never take another schedule for granted. Read More...

Arrgh Ye Prepared for the Pirate Invasion?

Chris Lose •
  • January 2018
  • LD at Large
• January 11, 2018
Shiver me timbers! All of these pirated products are driving me to the end of me plank! Walking through New York City a few days ago, I couldn’t help but notice the amount of designer handbags for sale on the street. Why would anyone go into a boutique store and pay 15 times the price when they could just get the “same” product from the head-to-toe denim-wearing, shady-looking, amateur salesman with the white Reeboks selling Coach handbags on the street corner from the milk carton above his ratty blanket? Read More...
Illustration by Andy Au

The Subtle Art of Self-Promotion

PLSN Staff •
  • Articles
  • December 2017
  • LD at Large
• December 14, 2017

Tooting your own horn in public can be very successful, as long as you toot properly. I have had to toot my own horn to get where I am today. Learning how to walk the line between blasting a trumpet from the rooftop and noodling on a kazoo can be tricky. The world of self-promotion can be a real entanglement for the corporate artist type.

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Illustration by Andy Au

Lighting Inside the Lines

PLSN Staff •
  • LD at Large
  • November 2017
• November 9, 2017

Creating art while working inside client-imposed limitations can be more difficult than coloring inside the lines of an M.C. Escher painting. Constraints would seem like the last thing you’d want or need while embarking on a creative project, but they’re actually beneficial when it comes to doing beautiful work. We all know what it’s like to be paralyzed by a mountain of insurmountable options and opportunities. Restrictions take away some of the choices available to us, and with them, the fear of making the wrong choice. Working within the confines of artist restrictions can be taxing, but with these few ideas, I hope to make it minimally more palatable. Read More...

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