For most of us, getting braces on one's teeth is not exactly a life-changing experience, it's just one of those things to get through. Lighting designer Michael Gilliam feels otherwise. Now 38 and working in New York and regional theatre, he might not be an LD at all if he hadn't had to get braces. Gilliam was 20-something, living in LA and doing the struggling-actor thing, when a casting agent informed him of the reason he wasn't getting any acting gigs: his crooked bottom teeth. Not ...

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