Alumni Profile: Hannah Lux Davis, The LA Film School

LA Film School alumna Hannah Lux Davis has made a name for herself as an award-winning music video director, having directed videos for a number of Billboard Hot 100 songs. She has had experience working with artists from a variety of genres to create well-known and widely celebrated videos, ensuring her place as a top music video director among some of today’s hottest musicians, including Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, David Guetta, Lil’ Wayne and others. In total, Davis has amassed more than 25 music video production credits.

Making It Big In Music Video Directing

Davis began her journey as music video director while enrolled at The LA Film School, directing free music videos for ‘no-name artists’ she’d find on Myspace or at music shows and festivals. Over time, Davis created a network of artists with whom she could connect for future work, but she struggled to make connections with higher-profile artists or production studios. To immerse herself even further in the directing process, Davis attended Cinema Makeup School in 2006 in hopes of being more involved in the creative work of music video direction.

From here, Davis went on as a makeup artist for small feature films and commercials before she was able to make her break into music video direction. Once she had formed connections in the industry and began working with artists’ agents, Davis directed her first paid music video in 2012 for a group called Twin Atlantic, an alternative rock group. From there, Davis’ first big break came the following year, when she directed Lil’ Wayne’s video for “Love Me,” featuring Drake and Future.

Since then, Davis has directed videos for a slew of popular artists, including Miley Cyrus, Hailee Steinfeld, MKTO, Wiz Khalifa, Paris Hilton, Kendrick Lamar, Ciara, Jason Derulo, and more, crafting music videos that have become as memorable as the songs they accompany. Most recently, Davis has worked on videos like Demi Lovato’s 2015 hit “Cool for the Summer,” as well as 2016 videos for “Me Too,” by Meghan Trainor, DNCE’s “Body Moves,” “Superlove,” by Tinashe and “Telepathy,” by Christina Aguilera.

Award-Winning Music Video Direction Work By Hannah Lux Davis

For her music video for Lil’ Wayne’s “Love Me” in 2013, Davis was awarded the MVPA Award for Best Hip-Hop Video of the Year, ensuring that her beginnings as a music video director did not go unnoticed within the music community. Following this success, Davis had no trouble making connections with popular artists who would eventually lead her to work on music videos that would land her awards in the future.

In 2014, Davis won the MTV VMA’s Artist to Watch award for her work on Fifth Harmony’s “Miss Movin’ On,’” giving popular artists a taste of what Davis is capable of as a director.

Since then, Davis’ music videos have been nominated for a number of MTV Music Video Awards, including:

  • “Bang Bang,” by Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj in 2015
  • “Love Me Harder,” by Ariana Grande and The Weeknd in 2015
  • “Into You,” by Ariana Grande in 2016

In addition to these nominations, Davis received a 2017 iHeartRadio Music Award nomination for Best Music Video for Ariana Grande’s “Side to Side,” featuring Nicki Minaj.

To keep up with Hannah Lux Davis’ recent work or to see which artists she’ll be working with next, look for her on Twitter and Instagram and visit her personal website, where you can see more of her finished work.

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