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Why a director's chair?

In every photograph, our director’s chair is a universal reminder that each of us can direct our actions to change the world for the better.

Using a camera, pen, and director’s chair, Take Your Seat shares the human narratives that connect us all to each other, our planet, and our best selves.  


A personal example:

When my son Spencer was a young catcher for his local baseball team, he kept asking me to take him to see the Yankees play in New York. Every season I’d mean it when I’d say, ‘Sure Spence, one day we’ll go’.

‘One day’ never happened. Then we read that old Yankee Stadium was about to be torn down; I wrangled two tickets to the Yankees' third last game ever to be played in that grand old building.

For Spence, Yankee Stadium solidified his love for the game. For me, I had an eye-opening moment that inspired Take Your SeatThe sense of urgency that came with the knowledge that Yankee Stadium was to be torn down, gave us the motivation to act. Without that motivation, we’d still be saying,

"One day we'll go see the Yankees play."

Take Your Seat photography

I also realized that talking about a catalyst would never be as effective as showing that catalyst. The director’s chair became that symbol. Just as a movie director directs a set, you must assume that leadership role in your life. You, and only you, can direct your life.


We invite you to take your seat!


Take Your Seat is led by Randy and Spencer VanDerStarren.


Together, this father-and-son team has given a chair a voice; one that speaks a universal language of unity, responsibility, and individual power that is being shared with audiences around the world.

Take Your Seat and their director's chair have had the privilege of being hosted in 33 countries and counting. We extend a heartfelt thank you for being part of our chair's ongoing journey! Contact us here.

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