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Ylime

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Dec 15, 2006
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Portland, OR (Great Barrington, MA)
Hey! My name is Emily, and I’m 15.

I began theatre acting classes when I was two years old, and have been fairly consistent over the years. When I was younger I did gymnastics, ballet, and tap dance. I grew up with stages, and so I’ve almost always been comfortable acting on them. Several years ago I began scriptwriting, and I helped direct a small cabaret that my school was holding, as well as performing in it. (My high school didn’t have a stage though, and had incredibly minimal lighting equipment, so no learning opportunities there.)

So, I’ve done acting. I was one of those actors who didn’t even think about tech when I was doing a performance. I’d never realized there was so much work put into it… then I started college and teching.

This first semester, I took a lighting design class for theatre, but that mostly turned into a dance lighting design class (I can’t describe how exhausting it was to be in a performance and do tech and design for it.) Still, though, it was an incredible class, and I found that I really loved lighting. During that class, I also was required to do 25 hours of tech work. I had an incredible fear of heights, and I still do (as in I’m even scared of bunk beds) but I liked hanging lights so much that I climbed to those crazy heights that you all climb to. Scary, but fun!

After this semester, I’m determined to learn as much as I can, and then some more about lighting design, tech, and programming. I’m taking another course next semester specifically on the tech, and a tutorial on stage management. I’ve always known that I want a career in a theatre. Now I know what the career is! :)

Sorry about that being so long ^_^ Wanted to give a thorough introduction. Nice to meet you!

If anyone would like to talk to a beginner, IM me :)
 

Van

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Welcome Aboard ! Great to see someone else from the Pac NW. I hope you find this place as much fun as I do !
 

SocksOnly

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Nov 22, 2006
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Ah, if only the actors I knew were as cool as you, lol. Welcome.
 

LDtheLD

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Dec 7, 2006
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Utah
Welcome! I was really scared of heights too at first, but like you, I just wanted to get up there and hang lights so bad that I just did it, and now heights don't scare me at all anymore. :)
 

punktech

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Nov 12, 2006
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box booms cured me...and they shall cure you, just wait till i'm ME next sem. (Ylime and i go to the same college, and i shall be ME this spring and will help her sure that annoying fear of heights ;) )

Your name hun makes me think of the company we get all our tech stuff from too (LimeLight in Lee, MA BOOO-YAAAH!!!)
 

Ylime

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Dec 15, 2006
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Portland, OR (Great Barrington, MA)
Hah ^_^ Thanks everyone for the welcomes!

I guess I'll also get that extra push to get over my fear of heights from punktech :p

So, side note, I was just singing in a performance with no special lights, aside from dimmer-switches. Is it normal for me to flinch when the teacher turns on all the lights at full blast? Hah
 

Andrewr

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Dec 15, 2006
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Englandshire
Best cure for fear of height ever is Cablenet. (tensioned wire grid to you guys)

Bouncing about 15m above the seating tends to kill or cure... lol
 

cutlunch

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Jan 12, 2005
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Auckland, New Zealand
Hah ^_^ Thanks everyone for the welcomes!
I guess I'll also get that extra push to get over my fear of heights from punktech :p
So, side note, I was just singing in a performance with no special lights, aside from dimmer-switches. Is it normal for me to flinch when the teacher turns on all the lights at full blast? Hah
Welcome. I must admit I have a healthy respect for heights to. But if I know the gear I am using is safe I'll go up there. Also in some ways it is better to have a fear that makes you careful then a cockiness that makes you careless.

The light thing. Yeah it is a natural to react when you go from dark to sudden bright. But it is one of those things you can control and train yourself not to do.

With schools I help out I tend to always say when we use the lights for this first time "yes I know they are bright" . I also remind them to watch their step when they are going from light to dark eg off stage.

I look forward to reading more of your postings.
 

PhantomD

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Mar 3, 2006
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Brisbane, Australia
Huh I've never had any trouble with heights...unless I'm on a particularly wobbly piece of equipment!!!

Now would you care to explain your username to us all?

...and welcome aboard! :)
 

Ylime

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Dec 15, 2006
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Portland, OR (Great Barrington, MA)
Thanks for all the welcomes! ^_^

Hah, my username... it looks like it would be something interesting, right?

Read it backwards :p I promise it's nothing remotely important. I just wasn't feeling the creative flair when I made the account. Or, at least, all my creativity was already someone else's screenname :p