Congratulations on being nominated for the ILDA Career Achievement Award! It is an honor even to be considered for the CAA. This page tells you what you need to do and what to expect.
This information about the ILDA Career Achievement Award may be useful in understanding the award, and the biography/description text that we require.
A description of the CAA requirements, and of the nomination process for 2021 is on the page https://www.ilda.com/entries2021.php. Scroll down and click the blue button "Email a nomination for the ILDA Career Achievement Award". For years other than 2021, simply replace the "2021" in the URL with the year.
Nominations are made by ILDA Members. Only the Executive Director will know who made a nomination, and he or she will keep that person's identity a secret. If the person who nominated you wants to tell you that they did so, then that is up to them.
If you are an ILDA Member, you can nominate yourself… in which case of course you would know who nominated you
A list of all past Career Achievement Award recipients is here. Usually, the description of the recipient is the same text as their biography/description (what the voters saw when they voted in that particular year). Thus, you can see the bio/description of these recipients.
This is 2021's voting page: https://www.ilda.com/caa2021.php. This is what voters see, including the biographies/descriptions. If you are interested in seeing previous years, replace the "2021" in the URL with the year.
You do NOT have to be an ILDA Member in order to be a nominee.
However, the person who nominates you does have to be an ILDA Member. Since we accept self-nominations, you would have to be an ILDA Member in order to nominate yourself.
The next step is to approve or prepare your biography/description.
When you were sent an email from ILDA about your nomination, it may have included a biography or description from the person who nominated you, from another source such as an online bio, or from a previous nomination. You can approve this, or you can add to it or start from scratch — it is your information
What's in the bio/description
The biography/description should go beyond just a "resume listing" of places you have worked. It should include information about your career in the laser show field, and should help explain why your achievements are significant.
Usually winners have achieved in one, two or all three of these areas; address the one(s) that is(are) relevant to you:
• Building significant laser display-related businesses
• Artistic and technical achievements
• Working to improve ILDA and the laser display industry
If there is any other information that is relevant, include it. You can add links to other webpages if they help voters understand your career and achievements.
Do not include information about family, pets, non-laser activities or achievements — only things related to lasers and laser lightshows.
Length and editing
As a guide, past CAA nomination biography/descriptions have been from 1 to 10 pages, with the average about 2-3 pages.
ILDA reserves the right to edit the biography/description for grammar, spelling, content and length. We would do this only to help your chances of winning.
As stated earlier on this page, bio/descriptions of CAA recipients are on this page, and bios/descriptions of persons running (what the voters see) are on the page https://www.ilda.com/caa2019.php.
When you have finished the bio/description, please email it to ILDA. You can send it as part of with your acceptance email described in Step 1 above, or if you need more time, as a separate email sometime after your acceptance.
We ask that you get this to us within 2 weeks after you receive the email from ILDA saying that you have been nominated.
If you accept the nomination but do not win in your first year, your nomination automatically continues for the next four years.
If you do not want to accept the nomination, email to ILDA to let us know. Please use the subject line "CAA nomination" in your email.
Also, let us know if this is a one time non-acceptance or for longer.
Even if you say "I never want a CAA", we may still contact you every few years if you are re-nominated, just to check back.
You are always welcome to change your mind; just let us know.
Once we have received all the nominations for a particular year, we will put together a webpage like this with the candidates and open the voting to ILDA Members. All votes are private; even ILDA does not know individual votes, only the final tally of total votes.
If you are a Member you can of course vote for yourself.
You can contact other Members and (nicely) ask them to vote for you. However, it is not allowed to force a vote; for example, to withhold services from a Member unless they vote a certain way. It is also not allowed to collect Members' votes so that you or others can cast them. One vote per Member and the vote is non-transferrable.
After voting is complete, we will notify you of the general results — if you won or not. We do not give out vote totals or placements.
Tim Walsh receives the 2014 ILDA Career Achievement Award medal from 2012 CAA recipient Tom Harman.
The Career Achievement Award medal and trophy are presented as the final award at the closing event of the annual ILDA Conference, during the Awards Dinner and Presentation.
We invite you to attend, and to give a short speech upon receiving your CAA medal.
If you will only be attending the Awards Dinner and Presentation, this will be free to you. If you will be registering for the full ILDA Conference, we can give you a discount; contact us for details.
We are sorry, unfortunately, ILDA cannot pay travel, airfare or other expenses.
Your speech for the Awards Dinner and Presentation should be about 2-3 minutes long. You can provide ILDA with the text of a longer version if you want. Your speech will be put at ILDA's website for posterity, on the page with the CAA recipients.
If you cannot attend in person, we can arrange for a video speech. This can be pre-filmed (preferred) or possibly live via FaceTime, Zoom or similar.
Your Career Achievement Award medal and trophy will be mailed to you, sometime after the ILDA Conference has concluded.
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