Grown-Up Stuff

January seems to be the time when many folks think about what I refer to as “grown-up stuff”. In this entry, I wanted to talk about a topic that I get a lot of questions about, particularly from our freelancers….Insurance!

The Lighter Side of Bean Counting

In a job where it might be easy to get bogged down in the monotony of invoicing, ordering, and the shredding of sensitive documents, I find refuge in the tomfoolery that runs rampant at ILC. Nobody warned me when I started that you need to come packing heat and have your head on a swivel given the Production crew has …

Back In My Day

Don’t get me wrong, I’m no Luddite. I enjoy the conveniences of the modern world as much as the next guy. I embrace new technology and the creative possibility it brings. I’m not sure I could make a dinner reservation without my iPhone. But as people around here point out… I’m old. I learned theatrical lighting the old fashioned way… …

Required Crew Member

This week, I had the opportunity to do a rigging call for one of our clients. It is unusual for me to be “on jobsite” these days. Most of my time is spent in meetings, behind a computer or on a conference call. It was actually a nice change of pace as I only do a handful of load-in’s or …

RSNA

It’s that lovely time of year again when I have the pleasure of juggling trade show time, and family time. Being a new dad trying to manage pop up shows, assorted booths for RSNA and an ever changing schedule can be one of the challenges in this industry (as you probably damn well know). I want to stay as busy …

The ILC Experience

I’m taking a few minutes here to get away from the insanity of last minute order changes for political events and talk about my experience at ILC.

Tales From The Road – November

Chicago has the worst traffic in the nation. This has been confirmed by the National Transportation Safety Bureau. Los Angeles gets a lot of credit for having bad traffic, as does New York. Still it takes a city like Chicago to have that special mix of bad drivers, crumbling roads, baffling construction projects and insane lane configurations to really bring …

Time for LDI

October has arrived. There is a chill in the air. The trees look spectacular, but all that it reminds me of is the hours spent raking and bagging leaves that awaits me over the next 6-8 weeks. It is also time to make the annual trip to the LDI Tradeshow and Conference. This year it is in Las Vegas. The …

10 Years at ILC

Recently I celebrated 10 years of service at ILC. Where does the time go? I started working for ILC in 1998 and was the second official employee (for those of you paying close attention to the math, yes I did take a 4 year sabbatical along the way). I was drawn to ILC by the opportunity to get in early …