ASU Alumnus Darian Lane Discusses His New Book Flashy Fiction," Working with Muhammad Ali, and His Next Projects

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Courtesy of Darian Lane

Darian Lane has worked in L.A. for more than 10 years as a writer, director, and producer for some of the music industry's top artists, as well as big-name advertisers, including the Black Eyed Peas, Chris Brown, Audioslave, Nike, Reebok, and IBM, to name a few.

His life in L.A. inspired his second novel, Flashy Fiction, which chronicles his encounters via short story-style fiction, or flash fiction. We caught up with the ASU alumnus to discuss his new book plus what else he's got up his sleeve for 2013.

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Lane was born in Philadelphia, raised in Bethesda, Maryland, and ended up in Arizona. He went to Paradise Valley Community College before transferring to ASU, where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in communication. Five days later, he moved to L.A.

Lane says he started at the bottom in the film industry and worked his way up from a production assistant on music videos to being an assistant director, and then into producing. Although Lane says he had always been interested in writing, he ended up in film due to circumstance.

"I had my first job working in an editing facility, and we were stuck in a room for, like, 28 hours every day," says Lane. "So the first job I could get working outside I took, and I enjoyed myself."

He says his best job so far was a garbage-bag commercial.

"Best, as in an enjoyable experience," says Lane. "All of the people that I worked with on that commercial were the most loving and caring crew I've ever worked with. I just had a ball."

When it comes to most impressive, he says that would have to be the commercial he filmed with Muhammad Ali for IBM. Lane says that Ali was a huge practical joker, playing jokes on everybody involved with the commercial.

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