The Artist within.... Donna has been lighting stages since the age of 14. She studied design at TCU and, after graduating with a fine arts degree, became the first Lighting Designer at Billy Bobs Texas. During her time at the prestigious nightclub, she worked side-by-side with top Rock and Country Acts for nine years. Donna has also worked on and supplies the lighting equipment for many of the movie and TV specials that have been produced there.
She incorporated "Stage It Inc." in 1984, the business she started while in high school. Starting the business gave her a leg up in her field, and control of her destiny. While she still worked other projects, such as being the Master electrician with the Ft. Worth Ballet, she was not dependent on them. By sheer determination she started lighting decor. Her experience at Billy Bobs really helped, where she designed many TV and movie projects. She found that every day was new and exciting, and there were no limitations in creativity. In 1988, she became the first woman member in the IATSE, the film and projections union in Ft. Worth. Looking back today, it is hard to believe that there were fields into which women were not allowed.
Even then, no one ever lit weddings. It has taken years for this fad to become main stream. She has been lighting these events since 1995. Great highlights from her vast experience range from a party at Mark Cuban’s house, to posh weddings for the Mallicks and Wynne families. Additionally Donna, lit birthday parties where Elton John and his piano entertained the owners of Dell computer, parties in which the Texas Governor was a guest! She is the privileged owner of a copy of a check that was for an event for Bill Clinton while he was campaigning in Texas. Donna has definitely become a key industry contact to call for lighting in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex area.
Two other big accomplishments include working on the lighting building design of the Glass Cactus. She was asked personally by the CEO of the Gaylord Corporation to "put the lipstick on the lady." In other words, Donna was hand-selected to color the building. While at the Gaylord, she worked double shifts to design the lighting plot for the popular "Ice" exhibit. She and Jeremy Wiechman also lit the promotional shots used to advertise the Cactus.
Partnering with the parent company Stage IT, "Beautiful Lighting" was formed in late 2012 focusing on the wedding event trend for specialty lighting. Already having the experience of lighting hundreds of wedding events under her belt, the task just comes natural to her. She states “I feel like the wedding world has finally caught up with what I have been seeing all along. I am passionate about my work and I feel so fortunate to be working with such a wonderful team. Our Vendors have the highest standards and it is like going to work in a family atmosphere.” Continuing to adhere to high standards, Donna and Beautiful Lighting are members of ISES, The International Special Events Society.