First Entry - From Chris - Chris Shrom Lighting Design

Posted by | October 08, 2013 | About Me | 4 Comments

Hello readers, roadies, skeptics and crew,
I wanted to write my first blog post as a sort of introductory letter to explain my purpose here, what my intentions are and what you can expect from this particular blog. I feel as if many blogs out on the world wide web consist of people documenting their individual lives, recapping in the monotony of a 9-5 office job. Other blogs consist of tiny political campaigns, aimed at attempting to get people to see their perspective. You will get none of that here.
While I do have my own views and beliefs, I will do my best not to instill my perspective on you. What you will see here are things that I feel every tech on the road should know or be aware of. In the very least I will be here sharing some tricks and techniques I have learned that make my life easier on a daily basis. I also enjoy teaching. I will also be the first to say that I don’t know it all, and never will. There will always be someone out there who knows how to run a media server or a console better than me. That’s why I’m leaving the comment section available on each post. Keep it friendly and professional as it is my web page and everything you write has to be approved.
I also feel like before I start posting pieces of my experiences you should know a little about me. I am a professional lighting designer, director, programmer, board op and technician. I have also dabbled with some special fx including cryo and low fog: I’m working more on this part of the resume. I have worked on christian, country and bar band tours which have taken me all over the world.
I love my job. There’s something exceptionally dramatic when you call for the house lights to go to zero. The crowd roaring, you walk the spot ops through their motions one more time as the band’s intro rolls. Then there’s the adrenaline rush as you hit the first cue. It feels as if you launch the space-shuttle every night. This is my career. From the conception of the staging and the lighting design through the process of programming, into the intricate direction of the show, I love what I do.
I have a few objectives here: the first of which is to teach. I hope you learn something. For those of you who already know: chime in, many voices will keep this interesting.
The second objective is work! I love my job, but I can’t love my job while I’m at home on the couch. I can be booked for programming, designing, or operating your next concert or corporate event. Give me a chance and I will make every effort to exceed your expectations. To book me for your next event, check out my Contact Page.
The final objective that I can think of is that I really enjoy writing. I find that it is more productive than spending my down time playing XBOX. I hope to write fun, encouraging, knowledgeable posts for you to read and perhaps understand more about the touring industry and more specifically, lighting.
Until next time, check out the Facebook page, find me on LinkedIN, PLS or catch me on twitter.



  • Lisa Tilton says:


    I just wanted to say, I am so proud of you!! You are one amazing person. I am excited to see you inspire people to go after their dreams.

    Take care of yourself…

  • Mark says:

    Look forward to reading more.

  • Kevin Ventura says:

    I’m so happy that you are starting this blog! I don’t read blogs because most of them are boring, political, or just completely irrelevant to my life so I find it a waste of my life to read those blogs. I really look forward to reading your blog and hope to learn from you and maybe others in this industry. Next time you are in cincinnati I would really like to buy you lunch or dinner. I’m sure you still have my cell number.

  • Chris says:

    Thanks for starting the blog! As a local media director, I’m looking forward to learning from your posts!

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