Andrea Buchanan

Growing up in a modest house in Lewisville, TX, Andrea Buchanan and her friend would drive up to DFW airport and spend the day admiring the people who were coming and going from the new international airport. Though her family wasn’t much of an air-traveling family per se, she loved the idea of getting on a plane even though she had only been on one flight at that time in her life. Alongside her friend, Andrea would hang out and talk to the people waiting for their flights, learning about their different destinations all over the world. The time she spent picking the brains of the travelers Andrea said, “I believe this is where I honed in on a very important skill… listening.” She took that valuable skill and turned it into two books, countless interviews with all sorts of people, and the beginnings of a writing career. Buchanan’s first book, Note to Self: 30 Women on Hardship, Heartbreak, Humiliation and Overcoming it All, is home to stories that illuminate the truth that life rarely works out exactly as we plan. Following the success of Note to Self, Andrea went on to write Live and Let Love, with the same format as the former, but with a focus on the layers, the laughter, and litter of love. Andrea’s articles have appeared in Vanity Fair, Glamour, Redbook, Women’s Health and she is a regular contributor to Huffington Post as well as her own blog. She has appeared in several media outlets including Good Morning America and Oprah, sharing insight and advice on how women can overcome tough times to ultimately triumph. On top of being a best selling author, Buchanan is an award winning filmmaker, best known for her work on the critically acclaimed series, “Vh-1 Behind The Music”. She has produced and directed documentaries for various television networks which have taken her all over the world filming black bears, flying over active volcanoes and profiling some of the country’s most prolific artists and well known political leaders. Back in 2004, with four friends, she made a documentary about the March for Women’s Lives (the largest march in the country’s history) and was forever ignited into the world of political activism. In 2008, in conjunction with Glamour Reel Moments, she wrote and co-directed a short film with Jennifer Aniston, “Room 10” starring Robin Wright-Penn and Kris Kristofferson. It appeared in many festivals and won several awards. Her directing career took off and she went on to direct commercials for Nike, Hillary Clinton, Cory Booker, Blue Cross, Regence, “Never in my wildest dreams,” Andrea admits, “did I believe that I was going to travel many parts of the world, and have adventures of my own, or work in a profession that requires me to observe people, listen and talk to them, and tell stories.” “My life has changed so drastically because I feel like I’m doing what I’m meant to be doing. I didn’t know then that I wanted to write books and screenplays, direct documentaries and commercials, take photographs, produce television shows, or speak to big crowds of people.” But after all that time spent engaging the world travelers she met, “I think the DFW airport was my incubator.”