One-on-One with Lance Shirley

Lance Shirley, a member of the Chauvet team for nearly four years, is the quality control manager at Chauvet. Read on and get to know a little bit more about him.

1. Where are you from?
I’m originally from Miami.

2. Why Chauvet?
I was fresh out of college and needed a job to hold me over until I was able to find something in my field of study. I really like working at Chauvet because of the family-oriented atmosphere we have here at headquarters — especially in the quality control department. We spend more time with each other here at work than we do at home with our own families. We are all from different walks of life and we all offer each other advice when one of is experiencing tough times.

3. Where did you work prior to joining the Chauvet team?
I was a full-time student at Florida A&M University.

4. Favorite food?
My favorite food is oxtails and steamed veggies.

5. Favorite type of music?
Hip-Hop, R&B, Jazz, Neo-Soul, Gospel and a little Reggae.

6. Favorite thing to do outside of work?
Spending time at the park with Cameron, my two-year-old son, and playing sports.

7. What is one thing about you that people would be surprised to learn?
I have a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.

8. A show without lights is like…
A show without lights is like a club without a DJ.

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LD profile: Jordan Chance

Six questions with Jordan Chance, lighting designer and owner of Luxe Productions design company. 

1. How did you get into this field?
Lighting is something that has been growing within our company and I’m privileged to learn from people within the industry who I really respect.  Lighting caught my interest when I saw how it can dramatically change a space.  I started to feel passionate about it when I noticed that you can take two basic ideas, implement one of them differently and end up with a bigger, more dramatic effect. After that discovery, I started to look for the best possible ways to setup in order to bring fresh ideas to rooms  and obtain the biggest effects.

2. What do you think is the next big thing in the lighting industry?
Obviously LED fixtures have changed the lighting industry for the better.  Now that there is so much versatility in effects, the big question is, how to maximize that effect.  I think battery operated fixtures with built-in wireless DMX are awesome and those features help with setup and tear down time.  It would be great to see powerful, LED gobo projector with a temperature control — this would allow for minimal power consumption and pinpointing the proper white to suit the event.

3. What has been your favorite design/project?
I love anything that hasn’t been done before.  If it seems ridiculous or really difficult, I am immediately interested. One of my favorite projects this year was lighting Martin Estate.

4. What was the biggest unforeseen obstacle that you’ve faced in one of your designs, and how did you overcome it?
We recently lit an event at a beautiful, spacious venue with tons of character. They have an amazing custom floor that we did not want to damage, so had to run DMX and power throughout the ceilings and walls to get our fixtures where they needed to be.  It required a scissor lift, took a lot of time, but when we finished, there weren’t any visible wires and it looked awesome.

5. Complete this thought: A show without light is like…
A show without lights is like no presents on Christmas day — disappointing.

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One-on-One with Rasheen Williams

Rasheen Williams, a member of the Chauvet team for almost eight years, is the customer service manager at Chauvet. Read on and get to know a little bit more about him. IMG_4549

1. Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Miami.

2. Why Chauvet?
I was introduced to lighting at my previous job and chose Chauvet because of my growing interest in it. Because of my audio engineering background, and since audio has always gone hand-in-hand with lighting, my transition from audio into lighting was pretty easy. My favorite part of the job is helping our customers achieve their vision when it comes to creating their light shows. We address any questions or concerns they may have along the way, in order to help them meet their goal.

3. Where did you work prior to joining the Chauvet team?
While working towards my audio engineering degree at S.A.E. School of Audio Engineering, I was the Floor Supervisor at Power Carpet Cleaning. I went on to work for Everlast Productions where I set up audio and lighting for events.

4. Favorite food?
I would have to say chicken Parmesan and pasta garnished with sun-dried tomatoes. Add some garlic bread, a great Caesar salad, some Beringer White Zinfandel and call it a meal.

5. Favorite type of music?
As a musician, I listen to every single type of music. In my massive music collection, you will find everything from jazz, hip-hop, R&B, funk, Neo-Soul, rock ‘n’ roll, pop, country, classical — the list goes on and on.

6. Favorite thing to do outside of work?
I enjoy video editing, as well as writing and producing music. I am a big movie buff, so you can also find me on my couch watching movies from Netflix with my wife and kids.

7. What is one thing about you that people would be surprised to learn?
I produce music and videos professionally, as well as play drums. Because of these skills, I was able to pay my way through audio engineering school.

8. A show without lights is like…
A dull carving knife going against a Thanksgiving turkey — it ain’t going to cut it!

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LD Profile: Chris Allen

Six questions with Chris Allen of Red Eye Audio and Lighting,

1. How did you get into this field?
I started in theater in high school, as an actor, and picked up some of the tech side just by being there. When a friend of mine and I started a local music event, we needed lights, so since I had the most experience out of the two of us, I was chosen. It turned out to be quite addicting, and here I am almost 10 years later, still at it.

2. What do you think is the next big thing in the lighting industry?
Projection has really taken off in the past few years. I remember doing my first show with projections a couple years ago, and going into it I thought it was very new and dynamic. Three years later, I’m still impressed with what tricks people are pulling with them.

3. Do you have a favorite fixture (and why)?
My SlimPAR™ 64 [wash lights] offer a ton of options and pack quite a punch. They’re small enough to fit almost anywhere, and they are useful in just about any situation.

4. What has been your favorite design/project?
My last project, designing the lights for “Valhella” with The Baltimore Rock Opera Society.  They were amazing people to work with, and they gave me a lot of room to do whatever I wanted. They dared me to dream big and I did. I kept getting compliments that it was the best lighting they’ve ever had. So having lots of creative freedom, a great crew to work along side, and tons of positive feedback made “Valhella” a once in a lifetime kind of show.

5. What was the biggest unforeseen obstacle that you’ve faced in one of your designs, and how did you overcome it?
For one show, I was unsure how to get all the different colors and looks that the director wanted onstage with a limited number of fixtures. Since the set was static and all the action took place in the same areas on stage and all that needed to change was the color, we rented color scrollers. I didn’t know we had the budget to rent them, but apparently we did. They were a bit of a hassle to get to work with the design exactly how I wanted, but in the end they saved the show.

6. Complete this thought: A show without light is like…Dancing in the dark. Sure, the music is still great, but you can’t see the REAL action.

Valhella image courtesy of Heather Keating

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Chauvet a Hit at Music Florida 2013 Conference


Chauvet recently traveled to Orlando for the Kempke’s Music Florida 2013 music conference held at the Wyndham Orlando Resort. Jeremy Pace, southeast territory manager for CHAUVET® DJ, and Corey Silverman, president of Kor media & lighting, showcased both CHAUVET® Professional and CHAUVET® DJ gear to more than 300 church executives from all over the nation. Among the fixtures on display was CHAUVET® Professional  COLORdash™ Par-Quad 7 PAR-style fixture, powered by seven quad-colored RGBA LEDs projecting a deeply saturated output and any variation of white, without multi-colored shadows.

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Redesigning the Chauvet Showroom

With the recent launch of so many new CHAUVET® DJ and CHAUVET® Professional fixtures, the Chauvet team decided it was time to update and redesign the showroom at Chauvet headquarters. The new setup is built entirely of TRUSST® and features nearly 250 mounted fixtures. Here are some photos of the build in progress. Be sure to check back for photos of the completed showroom as well as a complete list of fixtures.







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One-on-One with Stéphane Gressier

Stéphane Gressier is the international sales director at Chauvet and has been a member of the team for almost two years. Read on and get to know a little bit about him.

1. Where are you from?
This is a question I always struggle to respond quickly to. Here is a synopsis: I was born in France, but my first home was Vietnam for 7 years, France for 2 years, Jordan for 2 years, France for 3 years, Venezuela for 7 years, Brazil for 2 years and now the United States where I have established roots between Los Angeles and Miami with my wife and children for the past 21 years.

2. Why Chauvet?
I got to know Chauvet because I purchased a Scorpion™ Storm FX laser from Guitar Center a few years back.  Having been an amateur DJ in my college days, I always kept an interest in sound and lighting trends by doing some gigs here and there.  All this changed when I was given the opportunity to interview with Albert Chauvet in late 2010 and got a glimpse of what Chauvet was about. From then on, I felt I was hit by lighting and the story is still unfolding. I have to say this about Chauvet — the incredible talent our people bring together, along with the drive to succeed, fosters a working environment that feels like a family. We all watch out for one another with the ultimate goal of delivering the best product and support that money can buy to our beloved customers and end users.

3. Where did you work prior to joining the Chauvet team?
I am the former general manager of the U.S. business unit of a Spanish flooring and roofing manufacturer with factories in Spain, the United States and Central and South America.

4. Favorite food?
Vietnamese cuisine — hands down. However, I enjoy the foods of all the countries I have had the opportunity to visit.

5. Favorite type of music?
Any music that generates all types of emotions, whether it’s salsa or merengue when I have a hitch in the hips, movie soundtracks or any modern dancing music.

6. Favorite thing to do outside of work?
Spend time with my family, photography and motorcycling.

7. What is one thing about you that people would be surprised to learn?
People are always surprised to learn that I am Eurasian because it physically does not show. However, if they were to meet any of my late grandmothers, they would say, “WOW!”

8. A show without lights is like…
A show without lights is like hearing without seeing.

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