1st Edition

Living the Lighting Life A Guide to a Career in Entertainment Lighting

By Brad Schiller Copyright 2021
    260 Pages 60 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    260 Pages 60 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Living the Lighting Life provides practical tools and advice for a successful career in entertainment lighting.

    This easy-to-navigate guide offers real-world examples and documentation from the author and key industry experts, giving readers a comprehensive overview of the lighting life. The book provides insight on:

    • Different job opportunities in the entertainment lighting industry;
    • Business procedures, contracts, time sheets, and invoices;
    • Tips on self-promotion, networking, and continual learning;
    • The lighting lifestyle, healthy living, and work-related travel;
    • Maintaining and developing creativity to provide innovative lighting and solutions.

    With insightful interviews from industry veterans, Living the Lighting Life is a key navigational resource for anyone considering a career in entertainment lighting or just starting out.

    Part 1: The Job  1. Lighting Positions  2. Lighting Genres  3. Lighting Skills  4. Organizational Skills  5. Working Requirements  6. Ethics of Lighting  7. Best Show Ever  Part 2: The Career  8. A Growing Career  9. Attitude is Everything  10. Training and Learning  11. Promoting Yourself  12. Networking with Others  13. Keep on Moving Forward  14. Giving Back  15. Moving On  Part 3: The Business  16. Types of Workers  17. Business Structure  18. Personal Business Paperwork  19. Business Operations  20. Tax Form Basics  21. Getting Gigs  22. Planning for your Future  Part 4: The Creativity  23. Abundant Creativity   24. Creative Inspiration Part 5: The Lifestyle  25. Why we Do It  26. Work/Life Balance  27. Allure of Celebrity  28. Healthy Living  29. Time to Sleep  30. When it Stops Being Fun  Part 6: The Travel  31. Travel is Work  32. Earn the Perks  33. Air Travel  34. Tour Busses  35. Hotel Living  Part 7: The Interviews  36. Cory FitzGerald  37. George Masek  38. John Viesta  39. Robert Roth  40. Ron Schilling  41. Sooner Routhier  42. Steve Woods  43. Vickie Claiborne  Part 8: The Survey  44. Respondent Backgrounds  45. Employment Status  46. Down to Business  47. Shared Advice  48. Wrapping It Up


    Brad Schiller has over thirty years of experience in the entertainment lighting field. A self-described "lighting geek," his deep-rooted passion for lighting began at a very early age. Brad’s career has allowed him countless opportunities to work around the globe, and across diverse facets of the industry. He is also the author of The Automated Lighting Programmer’s Handbook, now in its third edition (Routledge, 2016).

    You may think that by its title, Living The Lighting Life: A Guide To A Career In The Entertainment Industry (published by Routledge, 2021), could be just another showbiz bio/memoire laced with juicy tidbits of tour bus antics and behind-the-scenes anecdotes by a well-known industry personality. You would most certainly be wrong. Though Brad Schiller's latest book includes many reflections on his successful and storied career, they all serve in support of literally guiding us readers towards creating a meaningful career path in the entertainment lighting industry.
    -Daniel Bonitsky, Live Design Online, January 4, 2021