Laney's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Design Roadtrip

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Culver, CA

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 12

LANEY GRADUS

General Manager
Framestore

“Sometimes you just don't know, and that's gotta be okay. You can't write the script exactly like you want it-you don't know what's ahead and that's a really great thing.”

INTERESTS:

Design Technology

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Determination Goals Hard Work Perseverance Chance Opportunity Courage Desire Fear Risk Experience Passion Doubt Exploration Choices Instincts Values Transitions

FOUNDATION:

Accomplishing Goals

TAGS:

comedy, comfort zone, commercial work, community, crossroads, dialogue, direction, director, fear, freelance, interview, listening, Los Angeles, meet people, mission, networking, persistence, producer, production assistant, take a step

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Says that knowing you're good enough doesn't make you arrogant, it makes you confident.
  • She always thought outside of the box; grew up in the South and knew she wanted to get out, move to L.A.
  • Dreamed of working in television, specifically for Norman Lear, but that didn't work out.
  • Says she doesn't dwell on the things that didn't work out; if the train's gone, the train's gone.
  • Pivoted, found someone in another area of the business that interested her and "kept up a dialogue-not too pushy, not too distant."
  • Eventually, even though they'd originally told her they didn't hire freelancers, they hired her.
  • Says she did things she knew weren't a good fit, and the more she did them, the worse she got.
  • Believes you'll know when you're fighting your instincts, and you have to say, okay that didn't work, and move on.

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