We had the good fortune of connecting with Lana Boy and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lana, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Working as a freelance artist is a risk in itself. There is no guarantee.
Nevertheless, when I think about risk- I see an opportunity to be courageous and surrender. I find it brave for an artist to invest in themselves. It helps to see myself as a company that has a set of skills to sell.
The surrender part is trusting that the journey is going to bring ups and downs and fluctuate in how booked or available I am. As long as I have a clear goal set in mind, the rest will follow.
It’s a tricky balance, but it’s been the most rewarding risk I’ve ever taken because it forces me to get to know myself. To know where my limits, boundaries, and capabilities are. I am in charge of my hours so I decide when I want a break, or triple dip.
My body is my boss. It tells me when and how I need to take care of myself or when I can push harder and unlock higher levels in my career.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
As a director, the stories I find myself gravitating to are the ones where the characters are looking for something, in search of an answer. Why are they here? Where are they going? How long have they been searching? These are questions I ask myself as well and through my art- I cast a message in a bottle out in the universe. Having grown up in Thailand, New York, and Paris as a third culture kid I have access to different cultures and various views on life.
Where I am now professionally was hard to get to. I started from the ground up. Going from PA-ing (serving coffee and picking up snacks) to directing, production designing, and acting took time, perseverance, and a lot of energy.
The main lesson I can share here that I’ve learned along the way is- protect your energy. The industry will take advantage of you.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Bushwick, in Brooklyn- is where I live half of the year. Even though I am sober- the bar “The Keep” is my favorite spot- and it hasn’t been pushed into the mainstream too much yet either which is nice.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for the community that has grown and shown up for me throughout this journey. A phrase I often hear myself say is: “My friends success is my biggest accomplishment.” what I mean by that is: when they succeed, I succeed!
I am grateful to the mentors/friends that have taken me under their wing. Humans such as Chris, Ungco, Steve Carmona, Cassandra Paras, Elina Street, Lucas Godlewski, Maxwell Gately, Mary-Jo Cameltoe and many many more.