Lance's Open Road

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    Here, There and Everywhere


    Portland, OR

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Filmmaker/Music Video Director

“It's your life, and you need to go hit all these different experiences while you can.”


Film Music


Courage Exploration Fulfillment Opportunity Experience


Being Creative


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  • Didn't come up through "traditional channels"-never went to film school.
  • Traveled around a lot when he was younger and started documenting travel stories on a tape recorder and a Super8mm camera.
  • Michael Stipe from REM invited him to come down to Athens, Georgia, the music and art hub where the band was based.
  • While there, Lance took art classes at the local university, showed his films at a small theater.
  • Bands who came through Athens to play shows started seeing his films, inviting him to create material for their shows.
  • Says he never planned on going into music videos, but he took opportunities to work with these new bands, collaborators.
  • He's now one of the most sought-after directors in the business, has made videos for Kanye West, Arcade Fire, and the Black Keys, among others.
  • Says the key to success is positioning yourself in the right place at the right time, even if that means leaving your hometown or quitting a bad job.

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