Shawn Simpson - Orlando, Florida

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Shawn Simpson is currently living in Orlando, Florida, working as a Lighting Designer/Gaffer in "Shawn Simpson" and is interested in Communications, Consulting, Contracting/Trades, Electronics, Entertainment, Media, Other, Presentations, Services.
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Lighting Designer/Gaffer



Orlando, Florida

Categories of Interest

Communications, Consulting, Contracting/Trades, Electronics, Entertainment, Media, Other, Presentations, Services

My Interests

Entertainment Production! My focus, (no pun intended) is lighting design and direction, however I am skilled in all phases of production and not limited to lighting.

Join Date

Shawn Simpson has joined on Oct 29, 2011

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Education; My education following graduation from Oviedo High School has included ongoing classes at Valencia Community College and UCF, and training received in the United States Navy, which included completion of the Utilitiesman A School in Port Hueneme, CA. and the Fleet Hospital Operations training course. Other training I have received includes; Concealed Spaces certification through the Winter Park FL. Fire Department, Diesel Mechanics certification at the Mid Florida Technical Institute, and the Teledyne Laars service school certification for Lp and Natural Gas appliances, and Water testing, analysis and treatment.

Licenses; I currently hold an 08-03R type license in the state of Florida for Lp and Natural Gas, a United States Private Pilots License (S.E.L.), a Florida Class D drivers license, an O.S.H.A. Forklift and Personnel lift certificate, an F.C.C. Third Class Radiotelephone Operators license, I have previously held a Residential Service Technician Electricians License in the state of Arkansas, which I have not renewed and am currently studying to take the Florida Journeyman electricians license test.

Other Skills; I can proficiently operate most office equipment including 10 key data entry, modern office software and computers (PC and Mac) as well as older systems (such as mimeograph, dictograph etc.), I have also had experience with heavy equipment such as Jackhammers, forklifts, scissors lift, cherry picker lift, front end loaders, hydraulic and pneumatic cable pulling and pipe laying equipment, all wood shop tools, electronics repair, All phases of Production especially Production Assistant, Production coordinator, Project Management and crew lead.

Volunteer Work; I have participated in many community projects in the central Florida area including Habitat for Humanity Where I was able to use the construction skills I learned in the military to build five houses from start to finish for needy families. I also invested time in Project green up Orlando, placing and planting trees around the Orlando Executive Airport and the former Navy base to improve scenery, abate wind and reduce noise pollution.

You should hire me because I bring an attitude of excellence and professionalism to all my endeavors. I also have a commitment to furthering my career education, meaning that I will learn any requisite skills I do not already posses to become the best employee I can be. The U.S.Navy also instilled a belief in me that Safety is my responsibility, and this has been reflected in every job I have done, from being a service tech, up to project managing. I also work well with others.

Lighting Boards I currently program; Whole Hog 2, 3, IPC, Roadhog, Avo Pearl 2000, 2004, 2006, 2008, Light Jockey2(owned), Leprecon LPX 48, All ETC boards, Fat Frog experienced on many more and can figure out about anything else.

Currently Freelancing as a Lighting Designer/Lighting Director

Dynatec Event Services
Ph. (321)277-1477
1376 Bennett Dr. #118 Longwood, FL. 32750
As a Lighting Designer with Dynatec Productions I have had the pleasure to tour with and Design lights for five plays; most recently, David Talberts What My Husband Doesnt Know, then Me and MRS. Jones, and the number one (sales) stage play in America 2008/9/10; J.D.Lawerence presents The Clean Up Woman with J.D.Lawrence and Marvelous entertainment and two for I am ready productions; Shakin Up and Three Ways To Get A Husband, (released on video on BET) both of which starred; Billy Dee Williams, Leon (of the five heartbeats, the temptations, cool runnings), Lenny Williams and Shirley Murdock. In addition I have been designing lighting for several outdoor festivals and indoor concert shows. J.D.Lawerence presents; The Clean Up Woman has also been filmed for BET and retail release and I had the pleasure of being the Gaffer on this project.

Brijot Imaging Systems, Inc. 5422 Carrier Dr. Orlando, FL 32819
As a Client Support Technician with Brijot I am responsible for field repairs and software upgrades of Millimeter Wave Cameras, which are basically small radio telescopes. Other duties have included running training classes, site surveys, prototype and accessory design and construction and tradeshow set up on the client side. I started with Brijot in August, 2006 as a contractor and was hired full time shortly thereafter until I left to go on tour.

Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines International 1050 Caribbean Way Miami, FL 33132-2096
Ph. (305)539-6000
I was a Lighting Technician with RCCLI. My duties included directing and running predesigned shows as well as designing lighting shows for guest entertainers, maintaining and repairing gear with an emphasis on moving lights. I signed on for a six month contract which I chose not to renew.
January 2006 until July 2006

Lights, Sound, Action Inc. P.O.Box 2044 Apopka, FL. 32704-2044 Ph (407)886-3000
Fax (407)886-3068 Rebecca Simpson, President.
My title with Lights, Sound, Action Inc. was Secretary/Treasurer and included the normal duties of the office as well as promoting the incorporation, managing crews and projects and some sales. This company ultimately failed due to the 2004 hurricane season. Jan. 2004 until Feb. 2005

International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Local 631 5385 Conroy Rd., Su 200 Orlando, FL. 32811-3719 (407)422-2747 Kim Bowles, Secretary/Treasurer
The primary focus of my trade has been lighting/electric work, but I am also skilled in audio, video, down rigging and set carpentry.

Fourth Phase Orlando a division of Production Resource Group Inc. 1901 Cypress Lake Dr. Suite 100 Orlando, FL. 32837 Ph. (407)855-8060 Fax (407)855-8059
Eric Granzig Electronics Dept. Head
I was the acting department head of the Special Effects/Spotlights department. I also assisted the Electronics Department in the repair and testing of moving lights and lighting boards. My rate of pay was $19.99/hour. I left Fourth Phase Orlando after six years to start a labor company. September 1998 to January 2004.

Edlen Electrical Exhibition Services 11483 Rocket Blvd. Orlando, FL. 32837 Ph (407)854-9991 Jaime Boon, Owner
As an electrician with Edlen I started in April of 1996 and left in August of 1998 to work for Fourth Phase Orlando.

Other related employment;
United States Navy and United States Navy Reserve Force.
Enlisted September 11, 1987
Honorably Discharged on March 04, 1993
NTC San Diego, CA.
UT A School, Port Hueneme, CA.
NRTC Fleet Hospital 500 COMMZ 14DET CBHU, Orlando, FL.
I was an Utilitiesman in the U.S.Navy SEABEEs.

Other Freelance Experience: Production Assistant and Production Coordinator with Steve Zinc and Assoc., BI Industries, Jack Link Prod. Lighting Director and Master Electrician with Tupperware Theater with some Design experience as well as several independent video productions, Camera Op with ERI, Grip with ABC Sports, Set and Prop builder with Nickelodeon, As a local electrician I have had the pleasure to work on two motion pictures; Instinct with Anthony Hopkins and Mortal Kombat II. As a camera operator I have worked several fashion shows including; The Esthetics International Show and most recently the Victoria Secret/Express show in Orlando. I worked as a Master Electrician on MTVs Fashionably Loud in South Beach Miami, I have also had to work closely with such world class entertainers and personalities as; Al Gore, Bob Dole, George Stuart, Little Wayne, Young Jeezy, Telma Hopkins, Christopher Williams, Jackie Harry, George Clinton and the P Funk All Stars, Clarence Gate mouth Brown, Ziggy Marley, B.B.King, Trish Yearwood (on a Disney mini tour onboard the newly christened Magic), ZZTop, Greenday, .38 Special, Lisa Loeb, Clint Black and Jodee Messina to name the first few that come to mind.
Although I am proficient in all aspects of stagecraft, my specialized skills are; Gaffer, Lighting Design, Lighting Direction, Master Electrician, Grip, Camera op, Production Assistant and Project Management.

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Shawn Simpson
Name: Shawn Simpson
Location: Orlando,Florida,United States
Job Title: Lighting Designer/Gaffer
Company: Shawn Simpson

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