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Kirk Garreans
  • 49, Male
  • Orlando, FL
  • United States
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What's your current occupation?
Encore operator / trainer; President, ALP Design & Production
Where did you learn your craft?
John Brown University
Who have you worked for or where have you worked in the past?
ALP Design, Media Control, VLPS, Vari*Lite
What's your favorite new technology?
Barco Encore
Do you have any words of wisdom for your fellow lighting pros?
It's now all about the video!
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Kirk Garreans's Blog

The importance of a mentor

Posted on April 18, 2012 at 12:38pm 2 Comments

I was reminded this week of my first, and likely most important mentor in this industry. He was the owner of the company that first hired me in the mid 80's to do lighting for concert tours and other live events.


You see, Brad Barrier, the owner of Stage Lighting Products in Tyler, TX was not just a boss, but a friend and mentor when I was extremely green. He taught me that doing a good show is HARD work - and that there are no shortcuts for doing things the RIGHT way. He…


the futility(?) of attempting the impossible

Posted on October 12, 2011 at 7:50am 1 Comment

It's been a crazy fall for me and my company - I've been in Nashville for a corporate show, ran the Encore for a live TV broadcast on Fox News (the Republican Debate in Orlando) & the subsequent Florida Straw Poll, worked a large association meeting in Boston, and am now in Montreal doing a medical conference. It's nice to be busy, but hard to keep up with writing a blog as well!


Do you remember the song "One of these things is not like the others" from your time watching…


Keep it clean!

Posted on September 9, 2011 at 4:58pm 0 Comments

I'll have to admit, I'm not the most tidy of people... I don't feel the need to have every tassel on a throw rug laying flat or iron my polos before I wear them on a load-in. But when it comes to equipment and work space on show site, I am adamant about keeping things clean and organized. There is seldom time to be hunting down a case that contains my spares, or cleaning a piece of gear that is failing due to overtemp conditions.


Like some of you, I am often at the mercy of…


MUST the show really go on?

Posted on August 16, 2011 at 10:00am 3 Comments

After the past few weeks in which we witnessed 3 separate incidents of failures of outdoor staging structures, I feel the need to discuss this matter. I'm far from the only one to do so - you can read for yourself the multitude of blogs and articles on this subject, most of the same mind - this latest tragic failure was unacceptable, and will hopefully change how our industry works on outdoor events. There are now 5 people dead, including one of our own, IATSE Local 30 spot op Nathan Byrd,…


Learning about Lumens

Posted on August 12, 2011 at 8:19am 0 Comments

In our house, we name our pets after terms and objects in the entertainment industry. We've had pets named Pinspot and Patch, and currently have a cat named Lumen. She isn't all that bright (she IS a cat...), but who says the name has to be descriptive, right?


In some ways, projectors have the same problem. There are lots of projectors that SAY they have high lumen output, but then don't have nearly the same brightness as another projector with the same lumens. So can you…


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