How long have you been with VLS?
What do you like about the lighting industry?
I’m very new to the industry, so I am amazed by the amount of creativity that is involved. Each venue has its own special needs, and each piece of equipment functions differently – it’s just so fascinating.
Who inspires you?
I have many sources of inspiration. Professionally, Seth Godin has had a huge influence on how I see the marketing world and how I work with others. Personally, my sister is a huge source of inspiration. She has a unique ability to work hard and achieve success without ever feeling overwhelmed. I can’t even remember the last time she was in a bad mood.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to enter the lighting industry?
Embrace those around you. Most of what I’m learning is coming from the people I work with. Also, remember to take a step back and look at the big picture. I think it’s easy for someone to get bogged down by the details, but at the end of the day, we’re creating beautiful, memorable experiences for people to enjoy.
What’s one thing — either industry-related or not — you have learned in the last month?
Last month I learned you should not boil an egg in an electric kettle. Just when you think you’ve waited long enough, its not even close. Just use the stove.
What’s something about you (a fun fact) that not many people know?
I can sound exactly like Gollum from Lord of the Rings, but if put on the spot, I probably won’t do it.
What’s the last book you read?
“I Was So Mad” by Mercer Mayer. My daughter loves it and we both laugh uncontrollably every time we read it.
What is your favorite hobby?
I really enjoy kayaking. There’s something special about being on a quiet river early in the morning on a spring day. You can choose to have a great upper body workout, or just float slowly downstream.
What’s the first concert you ever attended?
Jonas Brothers in 7th grade. It was a memorable experience, but did they have the best vocals? I’m not totally convinced.
What’s the next place on your travel bucket list?
Anywhere in the western region of the US. I’ve never been anywhere west of St. Louis. I feel like I have to travel the country first before I go abroad.
If you had to eat one meal every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Tacos – you can make them any size you want, you get a perfect mix of hot and cold between the meat and toppings, and if you’re a professional, you can eat them without a plate.
What’s one item you can’t live without?
I have to say my phone. Not for social media or texting, but for my music library. I listen to music when I work, clean, drive, exercise, you name it.