We had the good fortune of connecting with Camille Roberts and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Camille, what do you think makes you most happy? Why?
I am grateful to have been raised in an environment where happiness and gratitude was abundant, and through my career and passions, I’ve been able to cultivate a life where that happiness continues to grow and flourish. Outside of my career, I find happiness in my friends and family, in my hobbies, and in the time that I set aside for myself to unwind, especially given how hectic and time consuming working in the entertainment industry can be.
I also have the incredible privilege to feel happiness in my career, which is due not only to my amazing coworkers and colleagues, but also to the joy that I get from lighting design itself. I always knew that I wanted to work in the arts—my parents often remind me that I danced before I could even walk, and since then I have been finding outlets for the creativity that I carry with me every day. In terms of lighting design, the strongest happiness that I experience is when I see my design and can feel the emotionality that I tried to imbue in my designs come to life on stage.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I first entered the entertainment industry on the acting side—my claim to fame is my role as Belle in Beauty and the Beast in 8th grade. When I transitioned into high school, I joined the tech crew as a last minute choice, which turned out to have had a drastic impact on the trajectory of my life. Through the mentorship of Steven Rollman, I learned that theatre tech was my passion, and as I entered college pursuing that as my major, I determined that I not only wanted to work backstage, but I specifically wanted to do lighting design for dance. My passion for musicality and using saturated colors works beautifully with dance performances, as the main focus is on highlighting their overall movement rather than ensuring that they are brightly lit with the more desaturated tones of straight plays. With such a specific focus, I felt a strong amount of anxiety once I graduated college. While I thankfully have the skills to work in other parts of the entertainment industry, I felt in my gut that I wanted to pursue lighting for dance, and wasn’t sure if this specific dream would be able to become a reality.
With my strong portfolio, as well as a great deal of luck and timing, I was recently brought onto a position that has since turned out to be one of the best opportunities of my life so far. iLuminate, known for their lightsuit performances with AGT, the Black Eyed Peas, and many more well-known artists, were looking for a lighting designer for their residential show in Las Vegas. As of now, I have just recently come back from a three week stay at the Stratosphere Hotel and Casino, where I have had the honor to be one of the two lightsuit lighting designers for their residential show that will be opening in mid-October.
This show utilizes both my love of saturated and interesting color combinations, as well as my intense focus on musicality, and I am so grateful for the opportunity to pursue this incredibly specific dream that I at one point doubted would be able to occur at all.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If my friend was visiting the area, I would take them to various areas of downtown, especially in WeHo and the arts district. There is so much diverse culture in the area, and just walking down the street is such a good, rich energy that I would want them to experience.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are so many people in my life that have shaped me as the person I am today. Firstly, I want to shoutout my parents, who have given me endless, unconditional support to pursue my dreams. From volunteering at my middle school theatre productions to driving over 5 hours to see my first residential show in Las Vegas, they are my biggest supporters, and I’m so grateful to have been raised by such kind and caring people. Secondly, I want to shoutout the countless mentors that I have had along the way—Steven Rollman, Don Guy, Kristin Campbell, and so many other professors and professionals who have not only taught me the tangible skills that I need in my career, but who have also continuously inspired me to pursue my dreams. I also want to shoutout my friends, both near and far, who have urged me to pursue my passions, supported me when I felt down, and created such a strong community for me to rely on. And lastly, I want to shoutout my roommates. There are no other people I would rather have been on lockdown with, and I’m so grateful to live with these beautiful, creative souls.
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Photographers: Delaney Finnegan, Azuki Umeda, Chapman University