We had the good fortune of connecting with Lucas Ford and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lucas, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I’ve been thinking about risk in a more holistic and non-linear way recently. By that, I mean that risk-taking is more complex than the outcomes of success and failure. I like to ask – does this opportunity advance or help me move towards the direction of my North Star? Or does it push me further from it? You can always give yourself several reasons why you shouldn’t do something the more you overanalyze it, but if you are aligned with your end in mind, I’ve found that to be helpful no matter the result.
My goal has always been to produce films. By design, this is a risky career choice with no right or wrong path to get there! Whatever risk you are taking, it’s important to remember that the results might not be apparent right away, and the things you are doing now may actually be investments in building your foundation for the long term. Maybe there’s a detour in your path that feels like you are not progressing in the way you had in mind. However, that experience could end up better equipping you for the next opportunity or for the long haul. Taking the risk to move to LA to pursue this dream has been no joke, but believing in and betting on myself has also fueled me with confidence to know that one way or another, it’ll work out.There are no risks I’ve regretted – because even with failure, I’ve learned what I needed to know how to recalibrate and keep moving forward in the right direction.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My film work is eclectic and varies in its genres/tones but at the core you can usually find character-driven stories that aim to leave a lasting impact. I like to blur the lines between commercial and independent fare with the work I’m developing and love when stories dig deep under the surface psychologically yet also work on a fundamental human level.
Over the past few years, I’ve been developing a handful of films with first-time feature filmmakers that I’m super excited to begin the next steps of making these collaborations a reality in the near future.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Hike – Griffith Park Coffee – Dinosaur Coffee or Bourgeois Pig
Food/Drink – Republique or Joan’s on 3rd
Theatre – The Aero (American Cinematheque)
Chill – Point Dume or Zuma beach in Malibu
Views – Point Vicente Lighthouse (sunset) or Mulholland Scenic Overlook (at night)
You won’t forget it – Museum of Jurassic Technology
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d love to shoutout my mentor Patrick Lau who has been an incredible teacher of film, life, a part-time moral support coach and (most importantly) an incredible friend. I would not be where I am today without your unwavering encouragement, honest yet direct guidance and dry British humor to top it off. You’ve encouraged me to stay true to myself and also finally understand what it means to stay purple!