well, the only free things I've ever tried to get are gel books and catalogs...and darnit, I still haven't gotten a gelbook from Lee!! emailed them twice..they sent me a catalog oncee, but still no gel booklet! Roscolux sent one fast though!
What kind of free stuff are you looking for? Alot of companies dont have alot of SWAG. I got stuff from Martin and HES and ETC, etc but thats cause I went to LDI or have made contacts with them and use them for purchases.
I'm sorry, it was Ultimate Support not On Stage Stands.
To get these items, you need to write a letter to these companies telling them who you are, on what behalf you're representing your theater company and why they should donate the lights. You can also contact resellers of the products.
So I mentioned to the Osram rep. that Philips reps were visiting me this last week. Somehow after months of requesting swag swaps, I suddenly had some found and overnighted. Granted he was more concerned with me switching brands.
Than the Philips rep's that tripple teamed me no doubt in hearing that I'm not a easy sell asked a final faitful question of the day, "anything else we can do for you?" I have swag coming from them also now, or if not, you bet I won't let them forget.
Next up, Ushio and GE. Ushio should be an easy sell. Expect the vendor rep. to make her yearly visit at any time now. I'll simply note to her that if she does not bring swag with her two things will happen. First, the lighting department will be wearing Osram and Philips swag the day of her visit, and second the visit (- her fishing for a healthy order) won't go well for her in my being nice and giving her a order of interest.
GE is the next real challenge. Have not used that account in years, about time to re-establish it.
For me, fixture, production company and show swag is easy, I'm currently wearing a Reed Rigging above a Leprecon shirt. This given I'm yet to get anything from ETC still. Think I'm about to give up on them. That or take them up on the invite for a tour and all the swag I want as long as I do the road trip. Sometime about a letter to them mentioning that last time I was there to pick up some gear with swag in hand, no tour or exchange.
If possible during summer break, a trip to various manufacturers for the tour might be a interesting idea. Those on the East coast perhaps go to Altman, those in the central go to ETC or High End, those on the West.... for lack of other perhaps go to Mole Richardson, Kino Flo or TMB. This with prior asking to get the tour.
How would you go about getting apparel from lighting companies? I could never find any links on their site. I would love a high-end or martin shirt. The ETCjacket that the sales rep is wearing on the ETC website is cool too, but it looks like ETC is a hard company to get things like that from.
Um... our school gets free coke products for our production... basically an entire room full of soft drinks for concessions and mini dasani water bottles for the cast and crew, and some boxes of coke paraphenalia for giving away. We give them a tiny credit in the "special thanks" part. lol
I can get pretty much anything I want lighting wise for free or cheap, because my dad has contacts in the industry.