We had the good fortune of connecting with Lauren Adams and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lauren, what matters most to you?
The value that is most important to me now is who I am as a whole. I believed for many years; I was doing things that didn’t match the core of me. My spirit wasn’t connected to the outside realm of whom I portrayed. When that happens, you start becoming robotic and the passion and joy you have starts to whittle away. I found myself completing projects that didn’t mean much to me or wasn’t satisfying me as a person. I wasn’t becoming a better individual and more importantly I was discovering that my work values didn’t match my life values. I started connecting to God in a more spiritual way. The year 2020 revealed to me that the most significant piece of me was my soul, then my mind followed by the body. I changed what I ate, what I drank and what I consumed mentally. When you start working on yourself from the inside out; it can get ugly, and it did. I realized traumas and pinpointed behaviors that kept me from growing. My relationship with God saved me and perhaps others. I’m still a working progress but my faith in trusting God’s way is starting to be my greatest accomplishment.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a freelance Producer, DP and Editor. I create content for a lot of different brands which include NHRA, Academy Sports Outdoors, Toyota, SONY, Kylie Cosmetics, and others to name a few. Getting my foot in the door took some trial and error but I stayed the course and through my faith in God, was able to be at the door when opportunity knocked. Don’t be fooled, there still remains trial and error but I’m learning that it comes with the territory. Overcoming the challenges is a never-ending story. I never claim to know everything, nor do I want to. I want to be a constant learner! What’s the fun in life if you’ve mastered everything? You should never put a cap on your success. I overcome challenges by CONSTANTLY FAILING! Trying not to fail plagued me with failure. Practicing faith and claiming victory ahead of the challenges gave me a better perspective! A winning attitude makes you a winner! That’s it. Ain’t much to dissect with that. Don’t let this world tell you that success has to be financial! Success is you waking up in the morning and doing what you love. Success is helping others and serving your community. Success is also internal. If you can honestly rest your head knowing that you are pleased with the person you are becoming on the inside as well as the outside, what else do you need?
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Top 2 spots that I’ve had the pleasure of traveling to would be Tuscany and Utah. They could not be more similar, I know. Tuscany has the best food I’ve ever come across. The cheese, the bread, the wine, the pasta, the GELATO!! There isn’t a particular spot or certain location that is a must-must. It’s all a MUST-MUST! It’s probably best if you go there and never leave. Food for thought. LOL. Bryce Canyon and Moab – WHAT A SITE TO BEHOLD! 15-mile hiking trails, peanuts and DOT’s pretzels left me with a memory I will never forget. My friend Amanda and I drove from Las Vegas to Utah to explore these gems and left with our jaws detached! Words can’t describe it. Pictures don’t do it justice. It’s a bucket list memory for sure!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
So many people come to mind when I think about my journey to where I am at in life! My family has been the supporting role both mentally and financially. From the purchasing of camera gear to the daily check-ins, they have made it their business to see that I did not lack or fall behind! God blessed me with a loving support system. Larry Berger – My first producer, who I worked with at USA Today Sports covering the NBA, taught me the most valuable lesson I’ve ever learned about production. He said to me, “Lauren, we are not curing cancer.” Larry preached to me work/life balance and how to enjoy the little moments. He showed me skill sets that were needed and ways to build lasting relationships based on character. Kimberly Booth-Higgs – My first female producer whom I had the pleasure to work with at the National Hot Rod Association. Kimberly was fierce and in Proverbs 27:17 it says, ‘Iron sharpens iron.’ She did just that. Her determination made me strive higher. If I was up editing around the clock, she would be too. Her support wasn’t just spoken, it was felt! The impact she had on my career will always keep me gracious. Jim Roeder – It’s not so often people take you under their wing, but when they do stalk them! lol. Jim Roeder is a Producer, DP, Editor, Teacher and a brother to me. I worked with Jim at the National Hot Rod Association. He was already a vet in the field of production and took the role of mentoring me as a young pup. I was definitely “wet behind the ears.” However, Jim never made it a point to show me my weaknesses but championed my strengths! He taught me what works for him, while also encouraging me to find my own way and discover new approaches to creating. He showed me how to laugh during serious moments and learn from serious mistakes. Jim taught me that you don’t gain colleagues in this field, you gain family.