When you live in Boulder as I do, you frequently run across world class athletes, adventurers and people who take the outdoors seriously. Ryan Van Duzer is what most Boulderites aspire to be. A graduate of the University of Colorado, upon matriculation Ryan set about creating and documenting a life of adventure. He epitomizes the filmmaker-as-entrepreneur ethic of bootstrapping, creating a vision and pursuing it with passion. Recently I was fortunate to meet Ryan at a holiday party and I immediately asked to feature him here on MakingFlix.com. Read on to see how Ryan has created an amazing lifestyle doing what he loves.
What current or recent project are you working on, and what is your role?
I’m currently working on an adventure video series for Men’s Journal called Remote and Refined. My role in this project is host, so I basically get to have fun all day in the great outdoors. I’m also hosting a new TV show called Paradise Hunter where I travel the world searching out beautiful pockets of paradise, I know it sounds horrible but someone has to do it. I just finished a short film called Mama Picchu that premiered at the Adventure Film Festival. My role with that was director/editor.
What are some of the things you had to do to personally prepare for this role, especially as it relates to getting the project off the ground?
I started at the very bottom, producing content for cable access in Boulder. I didn’t make any money but it gave me the opportunity to learn editing and presenting skills. I’ve created a brand for myself and this has been a very fun process, I went from cable access to local newspaper to Travel Channel, Nat Geo and many other production companies.
How much time would you estimate you have devoted to this project?
Most of my time is devoted to this…but I love it so it’s totally ok.
What was the most difficult challenge you had in bringing this project to fruition?
I always have many projects going at one time. The most difficult part is finding funding.
What was the best part of the project for you personally?
The best part is that I get to live an incredibly life and share my stories with the world. My goal with all my content is to inspire people to get out and enjoy this beautiful world.
What’s the biggest thing or things you learned from doing this project?
I learned that with hard work and relentless determination you can make all your dream comes true.
What’s one piece of advice would you give to someone considering a project like this and/or a career like yours?
My advice is to stick with it and when you get knocked down (you will) jump back up and keep following that dream.
Will we get a chance to see this project on screen? How and where?
Paradise Hunter will be on TV in fall 2013, most all my other stuff can be found on my website, www.duzertv.com.
What’s next for you after this project?
I’m always on the hunt for adventures and compelling stories…not sure exactly what’s next but it will be epic!
Ryan’s official web site: www.duzertv.com
Ryan’s Facebook page: Facebook.com/duzertv
Ryan’s IMDB filmography: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3175266/
Ryan’s Men’s Journal series Remote and Refined
Mama Picchu, directed and edited by Ryan