Accomplished actor takes on teaching students at Burley High

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BURLEY, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) Lance Jones grew up in Missoula, Montana.

A track scholarship took him to the University of Jamestown and from there he moved to Los Angeles and began his acting career.

“When you have a passion and you have something you really love to do, sometimes it will really take you out of your comfort zone and you just got to be willing to go with it and work with it,” said Jones.

After spending time working on soap operas like "The Young and the Restless" and "General Hospital," he also dabbled in film starring in movies like "Princess Diaries" and standing side-by-side with Robert Redford in "A River Runs Through It."

“So I get those opportunities to meet people who have paved the way for me to do what I want to do,” said Jones.

Now he finds himself in a classroom at Burley High School teaching students the ins and the outs of the tricky business.

“If you don't know how to handle yourself and to have a thick skin and not to take things personally, it can really bring a person down,” said Jones.

When people ask him why here, he thoughtfully thinks back to times spent in bumper to bumper traffic in L.A.

“You can spend two to three hours especially in Los Angeles driving to an audition, you're there for five minutes and then you have to spend two to three hours driving back,” said Jones.

He hasn't left the industry all together, still taking the occasional audition.

“That's what I want to do is like I'm living it with you guys on a daily basis, maybe at a different level,” said Jones.

Jones doesn't want to limit anyone's experiences with the arts and hopes to bridge the gap in rural cities.

“What I want to do, is I want to tell the students 'Hey, it's not all about acting, drama isn't all about acting,'” said Jones. “You could be a screenwriter if you love writing be a screenwriter be a grant writer to help get money for films.”

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