A. Laura James, better known as LJ, is a comedy television director in Los Angeles.
LJ trained as an actor and earned her BFA in Theater Arts with an Acting emphasis from Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon. After college, she moved to Los Angeles and began studying and performing Improv. She began shifting from acting and performing to directing with sketch shows which have traveled around the comedy festival circuit.
With the hopes of directing television, a lifelong dream, she got her foot in the door as an Acting/Dialogue Coach at Disney Channel and used that opportunity as her film school and springboard to open the doors to directing episodes. She got her first shot on the hit Disney Channel show, “Austin & Ally” where she directed multiple episodes. She also directed digital shorts series for Disney Channel and a music video for solo artist Pat Kearns.
She is best known for quickly creating rapport with actors and crafting incredible performances, working fast without sacrificing quality, navigating politics and being a confident and collaborative leader.
LJ is one of two participants to have been chosen for the Disney Channel Multicamera 360 Program. She was also chosen to participate in the highly competitive inaugural DGA Director Development Initiative which includes being paired with veteran director Andy Cadiff as her mentor. She is very active at the DGA, and was recently elected as the Co-Chair of the Women’s Steering Committee.
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