Lights… Action

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David Belogolovsky is a full time student in the midst of midterms at Santa Clara University who spends most of his waking hours in nightclubs or thinking about nightclubs. This twenty-three year old is the founder of Owl Vision LLC, a lighting design company based out of the South Bay Area.

David is a friendly and inviting South Bay Area local with short blond hair and electric blue eyes. Even though he has more on his plate that any person I have ever met, he never succumbs to the stress of a full workload. During an interview, he told me that even though he is a high-speed entrepreneur, “I still enjoy peaceful and environmental encounters.”

When he is not working, David loves to travel and immerse himself in different cultures. Whether it is surviving primitively in Montana or living extravagantly in Las Vegas, he seems to always have a good time. Out of all the places that David has traveled to, it was his trip to Puerto Rico to Puerto Rico that cakes the cake.

While visiting Puerto Rico, David went out of his way to mingle with the locals and immerse himself in Puerto Rican culture. This journey took him to just about every corner of the country where he stayed in Airbnbs. One of his stories that stood out to me in particular was about a crab fisherman that he met while perusing the beach. David regarded him as being a “cool guy” who has life figured out. This crab fisher spent a total of six thousand dollars on a shack on the beach and makes his living selling crabs at local markets. Shouldn’t we all be envious of such a care-free lifestyle?

1934087_13889541137_1264_nSanta Clara University marked the beginning of David’s career in the music industry. During his Freshman year, he adopted the name DJ3W and quickly rose through the ranks of SCU DJs, performing at Greek events, local bars, private events, and on campus concerts. Shortly after entering the DJ scene, he began providing event lighting with Topshelf Lighting and DJ Services, a company that is no stranger to Santa Clara.

After David worked with Topshelf Lighting and DJ Services for a few years, he had gathered enough prestige to go to Las Vegas and do a lighting internship with Sexy Lights. This internship turned into full employment and a year in Las Vegas. This job marked the point when David could no longer juggle school and work and he formally withdrew from SCU.

David spends a huge amount of his time programming and practicing with his own arsenal of lighting equipment. He tries to avoid using his own equipment at shows but it can be difficult to come by someone who has the quality and quantity of lights that David has. Lugging around his gear in a U-Haul is inevitable.

David is primarily a light programmer who is often contracted to control the lights that he programs. Programming lights is a huge project that can take days. Once they are programmed, he hooks the lights up to complex control panels that take a while to learn how to use. Most venues would like one of their current employees to learn how to use the equipment but the learning curve is too steep to get a hang of controlling the lights in less than a few months. In that time, David is often contracted to control the lights on big nights.

Now, David has returned to the South Bay Area and is once again a Santa Clara University student. The main difference is that now he has a full time job on top of his schoolwork.

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The Middle Man

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On family vacations, he would pack his siblings luggage because no one else had time. He would load the car with the skis when they went to Whistler, Canada, and put the chains on the car. He protected his little brother and bailed out his older siblings when they got in trouble. He always had their back.

“Well…someone’s gotta do it,” was pretty much his motto.

Skaggs said he did it because none of his siblings have time or are organized enough. But his facial expressions indicated that it was more than that. He did it out of a need or a desire to please the rest of his family. He figures if they do not pack, their vacation will be compromised, so he does it for them. This also translates to his greater role in the family.

It all makes sense according to the theories of birth order that place great importance on the order of a child in a family. Each child assumes a “role” that impacts their psychological development. They can even end up playing that role for their entire life. The oldest child is the protector, and the youngest child is the baby. And Skaggs is a typical middle child, caught in between an older sister and brother, and his little brother. Growing up in Portland, he was often left to fend for himself. He was the mediator and picked up the slack for the rest of his siblings.

He told a story about the time his entire family of thirty went to Tahoe. His cousins are split up into three groups: the Bigs, the Littles, and the Middles. All the Bigs are “too cool” for any family activity while the Littles are always the rascals and run amok anywhere they go. Skaggs is one of the Middles and they are exactly where they sound, the middle. They have the option to be with the Bigs or the Littles and are equally close to each side. Even in the bigger family dynamic, Skaggs is in the middle again. The Middles have the role of helping out. They always help with dinner, chores, and other family tasks. It also applies to his college life and living in a huge disorganized house. Living in an off-campus house with six other guys for the first time has many challenges.

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Usually, after a week or so, roles arise for each housemate. The house consists of the classic stereotypes: the mom, the dirty guy, the party guy, the guy who doesn’t pay for groceries, the guy who eats all the groceries, and of course, the guy who does all the cleaning. Guess which one is Skaggs. His upbringing has made him the one in the house to dissolve fights and pick up the slack for others. The good part of this role is that everyone loves that person. No one in the house has a problem with Skaggs–in fact everyone loves him. When he walks through the door, eyes light up and a “Skaggs!” yelp is screamed. It is pretty unanimous around the house that he is the most kind and easygoing housemate.

It is not always a bad thing to be the “Skaggs” in a group. Just know that it is easy to take advantage of The Skaggs. It is also easy to forget about how lucky one is to have him/her. After all, someone’s gotta do it.

Story and Photos By: Lorenzo Iacomini

Interning With Turtles

-1With each step, wet sand slid off of Eva Bray’s feet, but the freezing cold could not be escaped. It was only 3:00 am; her shift was halfway over. The guide led the group through darkness and rain in search of sea turtles, just one part of the battle against poachers.

“It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, but group morale stayed pretty high,” she said. “It wasn’t a vacation. By the time we left we really felt we had accomplished something. Everyone said they’d do it again.”

Bray was looking for an internship in 2014 when she was offered the junior leadership position on a Walking Tree Travel summer program. Walking Tree Travel is a Denver based company, and one of its founders is an SCU alum. It offers over thirty adventures around the world for high school students to learn, travel, and give back. Bray was allowed to lead a trip of her choice. She chose the Sea Turtle Expedition in Costa Rica simply because “something about sea turtles just caught my eye.” In addition to leading, Bray was in charge of social media for the trip. She kept Walking Tree Travel’s website updated with her own photos and captions.

Along with two adult leaders and six high school students, Bray volunteered for La Tortuga Feliz, a sea turtle conservation organization. Its mission is to preserve the sea turtle population in their local area. Prior to La Tortuga’s establishment, 100 percent of sea turtle eggs that were laid on the beach were taken and sold by poachers. To protect the sea turtles, the organization built a hatchery on the beach where eggs found during the late night patrols are placed and watched around the clock until they hatch and can be safely released. On Eva’s first day at the hatchery, she released 57 sea turtles.

-4“It was super fun if turtles hatched while you were on duty because you were 100 percent responsible for counting, weighing, and releasing them into the ocean,” she said. From midnight to 6:00 am, the volunteers were either guarding the hatchery or patrolling the beach. During the day, they slept, hung out in hammocks, and played soccer with the locals, including some local poachers.

“Poachers are not really bad guys,” Bray said. “They’re trying to make a living, and they don’t realize that what they’re doing is devastating. At night we were going up against each other. There was a rule of non-confrontation. If a poacher has a turtle, we don’t take it and vice versa.”

There is hardly any police regulation on the beach. Because the police are locals, too, the poachers know their schedules or, in other words, they know when to avoid the beach. No one gets caught, so La Tortuga Feliz has taken matters into their own hands. Its rustic beach facility is made up of open-air shacks. Inside the shacks are bunk beds for the volunteers, as well as some other unwelcome creatures. A bat colony made its home in Bray’s shack, and she laughed about being woken up by a bat flying in her face.

-3Browsing through pictures of her trip one afternoon, Bray’s eyes suddenly went wide.

“Oh! And look at what my mom sent me the last week of the trip.” She pulled out her phone to reveal a picture of two yellow Labrador puppies cuddled together on a couch. Beaming from ear to ear Bray continued, “She said this is what I got to come home to.”

When Bray was six, a dog bite left her irrationally afraid of dogs. To eliminate this fear from her life, her parents decided to foster dogs in their home. It has been filled with dogs ever since, including the Labrador puppies. It was clear that what Bray was doing in Costa Rica was not something new. Caring for animals has been ingrained in her since she was a child. Bray found a way to channel her passion for animals, travel, and adventure into service, leadership, and a possible career that summer in Costa Rica.

Story by Layne Suhre

Photos by Eva Bray