We had the good fortune of connecting with Julien Elstob and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Julien, can you share a quote or affirmation with us?
The first one that comes to mind regarding my career is: “If you can dream it, You can do it”

(Interesting fun fact – this quote is normally attributed to Walt Disney, but was actually first said by Imagineer Tom Fitzgerald sometime back in the ’80s. Disney liked the sentiment of the quote so much that they started using it as if it was something that Walt said.)

It’s a pretty commonly quoted piece of text, but I find it really powerful. The dream of “what could be” can only be achieved if you actually show up, believe that you can make something work, and then execute. The idea of setting a goal in your mind and keeping a positive outlook is so important to making a vision a reality.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m the owner of Electric Workshop!

Electric Workshop is a firm specializing in lighting and video for Live, Television, and Streaming Events. We do everything from simple dry-hire rentals to full-service production design and management. We’ve worked on projects with major studios and travelled around the world on a wide variety of different projects.

My background is in theatrical lighting design. When I was in college, my goal was to become a lighting designer for Opera – I was enamored with the huge scale that opera designers get to work with. Those stages are MASSIVE! They got to play with huge systems of lights! As my career progressed and I was working on a wider range of projects outside of theater, I decided to start Electric Workshop when I realized that many of my projects were no longer just being hired as a lighting designer and instead being hired as a master electrician, programmer, projectionist, etc.. When I was starting off in the industry, relatively common modern-day items like Color Changing LEDs and incorporating video into a lighting project were either unheard of or prohibitively expensive. Now, we’re getting into a world where anyone with a laptop and a general knowledge of networking can create some amazing visual displays – pretty awesome, right? I’m constantly amazed by the innovations that my fellow production folks are creating these days, and my goal at Electric Workshop is to help facilitate and assist these super cool projects. This work can sometimes be challenging – long nights, early mornings, and multiple daily trips to the hardware store aren’t uncommon. I’m pretty sure I’ve convinced my neighbors that I am running some sort of black market racket with the amount of packages that sometimes end up piled in front of my door. At the end of the day however, the hard work and long hours pay off when you get to see the final product of what you’ve helped to create.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Oh man, I have a few.

– I used to work as a Lighting Supervisor in Beverly Hills, and I always used to love driving to work because it meant that I’d get to drive along Mulholland and then drop down Coldwater Canyon. Such a great drive at any time of the day.

– Griffith Park Observatory. I might feel a special attachment to this one because I’m a huge Star Trek: Voyager fan.. that one episode where they go back in time and Sarah Silverman works at the Observatory is AMAZING.

– Definitely have a bite and a drink at The Fat Dog in Noho.

– SmorgasburgLA is a great place to pig out on so many delicious things

– Quick easy hike in Eaton Canyon or Franklin Canyon to burn off the calories from Smorgasburg.

– Have a drink at Paperback Brewing or Frogtown Brewing.

– Wander around The Last Bookstore and peruse some titles.

– My best friend introduced me to the crazy wonderful-ness that is All Things and More Thrift Shop in Sun Valley. You can get lost in there, and you’ll definitely find some bizarre yet wonderful trinkets.

– Hike up to the Topanga Overlook. Climb all the way to the top, and then sit down on the concrete pad and dangle your legs over. You’ll feel like you’re on top of the world.

– Go camping at the top of Mt. Pinos near Frazier Park.

– Grab some pizza from Prime Pizza. It’s my favorite.

– Brunch at MexCocina in Burbank. Three Words: Breakfast Burrito Mojado.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There’s a few –

First off, to my amazing partner (and fiancee!) Gilly Moon. You are and will always be my compass.

Also, I have to give a major shout out to Kari Swanson and Andrew Schmedake for keeping me working this past year. It’s been a tough one for everyone in the production industry, but these two have made it possible for quite a few people in the LA area to continue working and getting weekly Covid tests.

Finally, to every single production industry human out there. We’re a tough bunch, and when things get hard, we adapt. We’re asked to make the impossible happen all the time on stage or through the lens of a camera. When we are put in a tough situation and our livelihoods get threatened, we apply the same method to overcome the impossible.

Website: www.electricworkshop.net

Instagram: @electric.workshop

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