Well… Here I am, at the end of the first term of my second year here at Glamorgan, and now that I have a moment, I’d really like to write about it, because this is the first time in a long time I feel like I’m developing both as a lighting designer, and as a person.
This term really started a little before the academic year for me, with my job on the ROBE stand. I don’t think I ever really wrote about that, but I can honestly say I never thought I’d be able to say I’ve worked with ROBE Lighting before I’d even left uni. It was an amazing experience, I met so many great people, so many people interested in helping me get where I want to go in life. I made so many friends at PLASA, and really felt like part of the ROBE family.
This really put me in a good mindset for uni, giving me new confidence in my abilities, and a newfound enthusiasm (if ever I needed it) for my career. I got back into uni and really dove headlong into the work, taking in everything I could to further my knowledge and understanding.
But my success with lighting companies didn’t end there. Before I could even get settled back into university, I was shot halfway around the world to attend LDI in Las Vegas. If PLASA reinvigorated my love of lighting design, LDI firmly cemented it there, and I can honestly say I’ve never enjoyed a conference more. The opportunity to talk shop at seminars and symposiums really helped me grasp discussing academic matters of lighting design. Additionally, ETC set up a student reception for their sponsor students. I met some amazing people there, people I never thought I’d meet in my lifetime. I met the CEO of PLASA, I met one of the guys responsible for making DMX a standard, I met lighting designers renowned the world over, and ETC gave me the most amazing gift of a mentor in the form of the head of Imagineering at Disneyland Paris. The contacts I made there were amazing. I’ve spoken to a lot of them since, and they are all still talking to me, helping me further my career in the lighting design world.
Academically, this term has been tough. Like, really tough. The assignments are more involved and harder, the lectures are a lot less prescriptive, relying on us doing reading before the lecture, and the lecturers expect a lot more of us this year. I feel more like a student this year than I did last year. Last year I felt like I was just going through the motions. This year, I feel like I’m developing as a lighting designer, through the lectures and discussions we have in class, and the assignments we cover in our own time. Everything ties together a lot better this year, and I couldn’t be happier with the degree I’m doing. I’ve got an awesome assignment to do over Christmas and January, I can’t wait!
But for now, it’s time to relax a bit, have a few festive drinks and enjoy some togetherness with my family and my girlfriend. I wish you all the best over the Christmas period, and a happy new year.