The following excerpt was provided to Professional Lighting & Production with permission by Taylor & Francis Group . From Living the Lighting Life : A Guide to a Career in Entertainment Lighting , First Edition by Brad Schiller , Copyright 2021 by Routledge / Focal Press .
CHAPTER 2 : LIGHTING GENRE The entertainment lighting industry has many facets within
which you can find a home in one , or work through many . Most in our industry will find that they work across several genres , but specialize in one or two . For instance , a concert lighting designer may engage in some corporate and festival work but never work in television or theater . There is great crossover of skill sets and procedures between the various genres , but the nuances of each are important to understand .
Theater Many people start in entertainment lighting through theater . It is , after all , where all this started , and the very root of our industry . Theatrical performances occur in various venues and include plays , musicals , readings , and performance art . Generally speaking , the theater is often the lowest paying genre for lighting professionals . The echelon of theater is of
course Broadway and the West End , and some lighting focused practitioners can make a good living working in theater in these environments .
Typically , theatrical production is a bit slower paced than others , while also being highly detail oriented . Theater performances are usually temporary , and the magic of the craft can be an allure for many . Theater can be held within many different types of venues and theatrical productions can also tour .
Corporate / Industrial Many businesses present staged events such as product launches , press releases , sales meetings , shareholder events , and more . These can range from small events in a ballroom to stadium-sized productions . The genre also includes tradeshow booths , video presentations , showrooms , and other business-focused production
environments . Entertainment lighting is usually a large part of these events requiring workers in all positions imaginable . Generally corporate events have larger funds available regarding budget and salary . Many will also generously pay overtime during long production hours . In addition , the actual shows cross bounds between theater , concert , television , and more . Corporate events are a wonderful learning environment , and can be a single genre for one ’ s entire career .
Touring One of the great standards in our lighting industry is that of touring . Touring commonly refers to concert touring , but there are also many other touring-style events . By definition , a touring production is designed and constructed to move from one location to another , while presenting a similar
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