IamA lighting lead/theatrical tech/rigger (for concerts and stuff) AMA!
I've spent my life (since I was 6-ish) on and around stage. About the time I was 21, a series of "I know a guy who knew a guy" put me in a positron to make a little side money as a hand on call. I nailed the gig, impressed the right guy, got on full time for a little lighting company in a hick farm town. Learned the advanced skills there by persistently asking the right questions and being the guy who wanted to learn. That led to meeting a good friend who got me on Ringling Bros circus as a rigger/electrician/lighting tech. Left them after 9 months on tour, to freelance and job hunt. I landed a gig on a cruise line as the head of lighting. I jumped ship to hang with a non-profit circus in Florida. After that, I bummed around a bit, made some questionable choices, then hopped on a different cruise line. After that, I came to Las Vegas. Did I little on call work, another season with the non-profit circus, and wound up running lights and a little audio for a night club on the las Vegas strip. And now, I'm the lighting lead for a little production company staffed by big fish.