“Push Me Off The Edge So I Can Learn To Fly” – Imero Fiorentino
This is a dedication to a very special soul who passed away recently. Who has shuffled off the mortal coil. This man, this light literally and metaphorically made the world a brighter place, and for his existence I am eternally grateful; without him I would not be the man I am today, living my dream doing what I love.
Imero Fiorentino, Lighting pioneer who Mastered the art of Balance (his favorite and most important word) as he would always tell me, Died at 85.
He shattered grounds and built smooth roads in television lighting, lighting both the Republican and Democrat National Conventions for many years, being summoned to light and “save” Richard Nixon after his first debate with John F. Kennedy, lighting the first Ali-Frazier heavyweight fight, lit Ray Charles, lit the Bolshoi Ballet and recalls them getting a 25 minute standing ovation, lit EPCOT Center (all the countries in the world) at Walt Disney World.
Those things were cool, but to me he was so much more an expression of how one should dedicate themselves to what they love. The circumstances to which I first met him are unknown, odd, and by no way coincidence, out of 7billion people I was blessed to sit with him as he guided me to what my heart really wanted. I was at pivotal point in my life, do what I love, pursue being an actor or be “smart” get a normal job; all of a sudden it was four hours later, I was in tears, and so awake to my purpose, that I could do nothing else, that if I turned back on my souls desires I would forever suffer.
Since then we stayed in touch, anytime I was in New York he had me over for lunch, dinner, and when I thought I knew, i never really knew, this man was enlightened, this man was magic, and I (as many would agree) am so blessed to have shared space and time with him. He met girlfriends, he had opinions about them, he made me laugh all the time, and when I was once about to run away, walk away to something that seemed good – he shined a light – showed me the difference between glitter and gold and kept me on path. Forever grateful.
My favorite things:
The note he carried in his wallet for close to 50 years saying he had met the women he would marry when he met her, she is an incredible woman. I wasn’t the only he mentored, there wore hundreds, even if for a second you were touched by his light.
I speak on behalf of a blessed community. Thank you for all of you. For never hiding, for standing out in the light so we could all learn and see ourselves a little better.
How he’d like to be remembered:
Peace and Blessings