Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, a.k.a. The Weeknd, was born and raised in Toronto and began his music career in 2009. Since then, he’s become both a huge critical and commercial success that only grew upon the release of his fifth studio album, Dawn FM, in 2022. He’s now one of the world’s most popular and best-selling artists, with over 75 million records sold. Given that, when it came to heading out on his latest tour, fans expected something spectacular. Frankly, they got that and then some with the After Hours ‘Til Dawn Tour, which wrapped up with a two-night hometown stint at Toronto’s 45,000-seat Rogers Centre stadium.Get It Now!
No matter what industry we’re talking about, most people’s career aspirations centre around two things: fulfillment and sustainability. In an ideal world, we’d all have a career that is personally fulfilling (you enjoy it and don’t dread going to work) and professionally sustainable (you’re not worried about becoming unemployed). The lighting industry is no different, of course. But the entertainment lighting is certainly unique in countless other aspects. Like few other industries, it really requires equal parts creativity, business acumen, people skills, and technical knowhow. And so, that is why we jumped at the opportunity to speak with Brad Schiller and share an excerpt from his recently-published book, Living the Lighting Life: A Guide to a Career in Entertainment Lighting.
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