Former Orpheum student lands dream job

Myles Brink has made his way to the film industry.

Brink, 22, a former student in the Marshalltown Community College entertainment design technology class at the Orpheum Theater, has landed a full-time job in film lighting with Theo Bott. Bott was the lead lighting technician for the recent Steven Spielberg film “Lincoln.”

Brink’s interest in lighting grew from being a part of Marshalltown High School productions.

“It’s always been something I’ve enjoyed doing,” Brink said. “It’s a dream to now be able to do what I love. I’m just ecstatic.”

Brink, a 2008 MHS graduate, is now in the process of moving to Albuquerque, N.M. where he will work on film and television productions.

“New Mexico is a hot spot for the film and television industry,” Brink said.

Brink had previous experience as an intern for Bott two years ago. Orpheum Theater Director Pip Gordon said Brink has a knack for entertainment lighting.

“He has an innate ability to problem solve on the spot,” Gordon said. “That’s the sort of resourcefulness you need when you are working on a film.”

The connection between Bott and Brink came as a result of Gordon inviting Bott to speak to her class in 2011. Bott was a student of Gordon’s when she taught at Grinnell College.

Brink credited the Orpheum Theater and Gordon for providing him with this opportunity to get his start in the entertainment industry.

“This never would have happened if the Orpheum wasn’t there,” Brink said. “I love that place.”