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Meet Studio City Photographer, Writer & Producer: Lucas Brown Eyes

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lucas Brown Eyes.

Lucas, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Originally from the midwest and the Pine Ridge Reservation, I moved to California so I could attend Orange County High Schools of the Arts to pursue my passion for Film & Tv. After that, I got a film production degree from USC. When I graduated I started photography and film production to support myself while I worked on being a Tv writer. I started doing photography because the principles in cinematography overlapped and I always enjoyed films that were visually like a beautiful photograph. Currently, I’m full-time Tv writer, but I still enjoy photography part time.

Has it been a smooth road?
Well, I’m Native American and my tribe’s from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, which is one of the poorest most dangerous places in America so I have felt poverty and loss first hand. Before I was fourteen I had lost a third of my family, and unfortunately, my experience is a common one for Natives in America.

When you look back, what are you most proud of?
One of my proudest moments was when a kid from my reservation contacted me on Facebook, told me he had been following my career, and that I inspired him because he hadn’t seen anyone from our reservation succeed in the entertainment industry before. I was really proud because I remember how hopeless it feels when you’re not represented in the media. And if I can show someone that it is possible, then that’s my biggest accomplishment.

Tell us more about the struggles you’ve faced along the way.
My moments of struggle always come from failing my own expectations and timeline of success. It’s a tricky balance because on one hand that drives me to push forward, but on the other hand, I need to learn to go with the flow and realize that life doesn’t follow a plan.

Is LA a good place to do what you do?
I think Los Angeles can be great or terrible. Like most of life, that experience is dependent on who you surround yourself with. If it’s supportive and creative people then LA can be a place with many opportunities and a space to express yourself. If you don’t surround yourself with positive and supportive people then LA can seem competitive and heartless. I think the key is to find an environment that is right for you and that fosters your creativity and wellbeing.

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