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From the subtle to the spectacular
At FHC, we have some really talented friends and members. This month, we look at the unique and creative talents of Clayton and Clea Hibbert. In addition to being regulars at FHC, they also run a lighting company in Seattle. I borrowed their motto from them for this article because it suits them so well- “From the subtle to the spectacular.”

Please take a moment to get to know them.

FHC-Crimson Haze-great name and great website. For those unfamiliar with your business, can you give me your ‘elevator pitch’ or quick outlines for what you do?
Clayton-Crimson Haze provides lighting for all kinds of events, big and small, everything from weddings to corporate holiday parties. If it lights up, we love it.


FHC-Can you tell me about some of the missteps or early errors/challenges you encountered as a small company in a super competitive environment like Seattle?
Clayton-In terms of early errors, we were a pretty wary of weddings and steered away from that part of the event industry. We had the misconception that weddings were too stressful, something to avoid. We focused on corporate and music events. It was only when friends started asking us to light their weddings that we examined those assumptions more closely. To our delight, we soon discovered that the wedding industry is actually a tremendous amount of fun, and now we sincerely enjoy contributing and participating in a couple’s marriage celebration.

FHC-Does the Seattle climate or weather/environment provide any unique obstacles? Indoor and outdoor.
Clayton-The Seattle climate does present interesting challenges. Toward solving that, we’ve invested quite a bit in lighting equipment that is safe to use outdoors and has no problem with the inevitable northwest rain. Even so, we always encourage outdoor events to have an indoor “plan B” whenever possible. Even if the lights are ok, your guests might not want to be out there.

FHC-We notice you both in a good amount. Do you find that staying in shape helps with your work? Stress relief?
Clayton-We love FHC, and definitely find that exercise helps us stay on track. Our work is surprisingly physical. Lighting equipment can be heavy and bulky, and we expend a fair amount of energy carting gear from place to place. The tight windows of time available for set-up and tear-down means we’re usually hustling, lifting, climbing ladders, and otherwise in constant motion. Staying in shape is critical for us to do our jobs!

FHC-Do either of your backgrounds help with your business, or was it a creative endeavor ala music, art, or was it an opportunity or happenstance that led you into this field?
Clayton-Clea has a degree in marketing and communications. My career background is in design and theater. We first met working together as volunteers on various events. Lighting is one aspect of event production that fascinated us both. Little by little, we acquired enough equipment first to light our own home for private parties. When a friend asked if he could pay us to light his concert at a small warehouse, that was when we wondered if our hobby might become our livelihood.

For more about Crimson Haze, please feel free to visit their website at http://crimson-haze.com/

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Written by:
Fremont Health Club Staff
Seattle, WA
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