Who Lights Our World: Megan Reilly
We are asking lighting experts around the world, in the “Who Lights Our World” series, some key questions about their job. Here is Megan Reilly based in Madison, WI USA.
1. What lighting console do you prefer working with?
2. What do you always have with you at your console?
My laptop, my water bottle, my magic sheet.
3. Mac or PC?
Mac, but some of my current work requires I switch to PC.
4. What may be surprising that you don’t use?
I’m kind of ashamed to admit it but design layers & sheet layers.
5. Coffee or Tea?
Coffee, but only once a day.
6. What is your favorite genre of entertainment to work in?
It’s not a genre, but…the haunting stuff. The plays you can’t get out of your head because they stick with you. The weird, uncanny, and beautiful.
7. What is your favorite color combination and why?
I love it when I can use bold colors like a deep purple with an amber, or a teal/orange combination. It generally means that we aren’t playing in a realistic world, and I’m at home in abstract places.
8. Who is an lighting designer that you admire and respect?
Kathryn Eader. She taught me how to assist, and became a good friend, and someone who believed in me when I truly needed it.
9. What are the top 5 skill sets that a Lighting Designer/Technician should have?
The ability to listen, the ability to detach from your work & realize nothing is personal, time management, preparation, and problem solving.
10. What is the best type of client/boss/director?
The best director is one that is open to creating a collaborative environment with the specific artists in the room. If a team can adapt to the needs and styles of the people around them, you know you’re in a good place.
11. Do you prefer a window or aisle seat?
Window. Especially when I’m flying into a new country for the first time, I love seeing it and thinking “this is the first time I’m seeing this place.”
11. What advice do you have for those who want to become a lighting designer or a lighting technician?
Read/watch/see everything. Study light all the time. Learn how to admit you’re wrong. Learn how to admit when you don’t know the answer, and how to find the person who does.
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