With the new season, hope springs eternal. We move into a future marked by political strife, climate change and the coronavirus, all making us more acutely aware of our global interconnectivity. We encourage our team, adjust budgets, juggle schedules, find new locations and move forward with open minds and positive attitudes. We hope the LMGI is becoming a mainstay in publicizing our issues, promoting the importance of our craft and giving our members tools to help expand their professional horizons. We are working hard to be an integral part of the bigger industry picture, and welcome your help in promoting our craft.

O Canada! We didn’t really plan it, but the stars properly aligned in the northern sky, and this issue heavily slants toward Canada. Nancy Mill’s “Up Schitt’s Creek” cover story follows Toronto LM Geoffrey Smither blithely forging through six years of “Schitt” on the popular TV series. Michele St-Arnaud provides this issue’s compelling “Career Focus” from Montreal. The up-and-coming Mo Qazzaz shares his brilliant work in Alberta in our “Next Generation,” and a fabulous pictorial of Yellowknife seals the deal!

“You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call ‘failure’ is not the falling down, but the staying down.”

We interrupted our Canadian lovefest, dropping south to San Francisco, where Shaun O’Banion caught up with the inimitable Daniel Lee, location manager, on the picturesque and dreamlike The Last Black Man in San Francisco. Member Phill Kane has some tried-and-true tips for all of us who have crashed and burned on our new year’s fitness resolutions. Heading to the Southwest, Clay Peres escorts us through Santa Fe “The City Different” and its environs. “In the News” remembers Sarah Jones with a revised safety bulletin regarding train work. Member Kristin Dewey puts her location managing skills to good use in her downtime, volunteering with the Red Cross and her local animal shelter. Board member Les Fincher gives us an update on a recent NY event and photographer/member Mark Indig has his first solo photography gallery exhibit.

Please mark your calendars for the LMGI Awards happening this fall. Hope to see all of you on the red carpet!

Always a pleasure, never too busy.

Ken Haber, Lori Balton, Stevie Nelson and Paul Messana