LightenUp Inc. is a professional lighting company that supplies the full range of lighting equipment and power distribution for all types of events.
Based in Los Angeles, LightenUp Inc. has been providing complete production lighting services for private, corporate and industrial events throughout Southern California since 1998. Owned and operated by skilled and experienced technicians, LUI is a professional lighting company that supplies the full range of lighting equipment and power distribution for all types of events. We specialize in lighting services for large corporate meetings, intimate weddings, special social gatherings, fashion & stage shows and Bat/Bar Mitzvahs.
Whether you envision a simple, elegant event, or a full-scale extravaganza, look to LightenUp Inc. for all your professional lighting needs.
Nathan Megaw, President
Nathan developed a passion for lighting at an early age. This passion has guided him through the past 25+ years as he ascended the ranks in the lighting industry. Early in his career, Nathan had every job imaginable from lighting tech to sales rep to lighting designer. This breadth of experience allowed him to attain the only job he never had: owner.
Nathan founded Lighten Up in 2001 in a tiny garage (cliché, he knows), but has since grown it into one of the premier event lighting companies in Southern California.
Keith Waitz, Vice President
After working for an engineering firm for many years, Keith came over to Lighten Up as the result of a conversation he had with Nathan following a softball game. It was the best decision he ever made.
Keith has a background in mechanical engineering having attended the University of Michigan and done graduate studies at UCLA. His experience in structural analysis and computer-aided design are a couple skill sets he brings to event lighting and rigging.
For the past 10 years, Keith has been involved in virtually every aspect of Lighten Up, helping to ensure our continued growth and success.
Brian H. Kim, VP Design & Production
Brian is a production designer and manager with a background in circus, theater, film, television, music, and live events. He spent his early career as a lighting director for Cirque du Soleil, as well as production designer for The Hype Machine’s ‘Hype Hotel’ at SXSW Music Festival, and has played designer on a number of Off-Broadway presentations in New York.
These days you can find him at Lighten Up Inc in Los Angeles where he specializes in design and project management for countless events. His current and past projects include designs for Tesla, Netflix, Amazon, Nickelodeon, Disney, BET, Intel, Hulu, SpaceX, Google, Universal, and many others. Brian is also a US Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician as well as a Wilderness First Responder. He graduated from New York University Tisch School of the Arts with a degree in Theatrical Design and Technical Theater Production.
Eric Kim, VP Operations
Eric is a problem solver, who prides himself on making the jobs of those around him easier. He has been a part of the Lighten Up team since 2015. In his life prior to Lighten Up, Eric earned his degree at UC Berkeley and then entered the genomics research field where he was a contributing author on studies including publications in Nature Genetics. Ready for a change, Eric returned to his roots in production.
Initially brought on as consultant, Eric quickly became an integral part of the team, leveraging his analytical and organizational skills and eventually growing into his role overseeing operations.
Michael Sanchez, Exectutive Editor
Michael is an administrative jack of all trades. He gets his hands on a bit of everything from scheduling to accounting to logistics.
Previous to Lighten Up, Michael worked in the food service industry for over 10 years. This decade of experience instilled within him two crucial qualities: a tireless work ethic and an overwhelming desire to find success in anything besides the food service industry.
He learned a lot during his time at the University of Chicago and Arizona State University, mainly to split the difference weather-wise. That’s why he lives in LA now. When he’s not at work or stuck in traffic, Michael likes to spend his time making sure his wife doesn’t bring home any more stray cats.
Jay Tobin, Director Of Business Development & Client Relations
Jay is responsible for increasing existing business while capturing new business opportunities by identifying and attracting new clients and venues to Lighten Up.
Jay has tremendous relationships across industries and strategically leverages the same to facilitate opportunities for business partners and new clients. The key to Jay’s success is his understanding of emerging trends to best position Lighten Up as the premiere professional lighting company for all types of events.
When Jay isn’t expanding the presence of Lighten Up, he is cheering on his two daughters in competitive gymnastics and speech and debate or cheering for his favorite baseball, basketball & football teams.
Ryan Linhardt, Lighting Director
Ryan graduated from Concordia University with a BA in Theatrical Light Design in 2012. He started his career designing theatrical productions, moved into gaffing for TV and Film, before ultimately landing at Lighten Up.
Joe O'Neill, Lighting Director
Joe is a lighting director, lighting programmer, and production designer with 15 years in live entertainment. He comes from the fast paced world of Hollywood nightlife and special events, where he ran the production departments, and designed for some of the premier venues in Los Angeles.
He has lit the stage for a vast array of the world's biggest artists, and has a love for a freestyle approach to live music. These days you can find him on the Lighten Up team, working alongside our powerful cast of designers, bringing a brain full of creativity to the playing field.
In his free time, Joe is an urban farmer and grows some of the best veggies in town!
Ryan Lepone, Lighting Designer
Ryan is a Lighting Designer born and raised in the heart of Los Angeles with event management experience across the board ranging from concerts, weddings, corporate events, theater, festivals and raves. With over 13 years in the field and in pre-production planning, he is very well-versed in many aspects of the special event industry.
Michael Popp, Lighting Designer
Michael cut his teeth in the entertainment industry working as an Actor, Production Manager and Producer on a myriad of TV, Film, Theatre and Commercial productions.
His eye for technical production brought him into the world of event production lighting where he began his career over 15 years ago.
Michael started out learning all the nuts and bolts as a Tech before quickly rising to Crew Chief, Production Manager, Account Manager, and finally Lighting Designer.