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THE MAN Magazine Cambodia - - The Man To Follow -

of mine pre­sented me the op­por­tu­nity to work here in Cam­bo­dia. Af­ter mak­ing the de­ci­sion to travel to Cam­bo­dia and be­gin my new jour­ney I hadn't any idea of how many doors this spon­ta­neous trip would open for me… 9 years later I am still here and still count­ing! I just can’t stop learn­ing. Ev­ery­day I al­ways need to know some­thing new, some­thing that makes my art more beau­ti­ful

What are your goals?

To travel the world with my fam­ily and make mem­o­ries..

Would you say your ca­reer is your pas­sion?

YES. A big yes! I love what I'm do­ing. Mak­ing mem­o­ries, telling sto­ries and cre­at­ing some­thing that you can share to ev­ery­one is my pas­sion.

What pro­ject are you cur­rently work­ing on?

We will be open­ing a multi themed stu­dio that will con­sist of small back­drops which will in­clude a set up of old his­tor­i­cal Euro­pean fa­cades, a cof­fee shop or 1950s in­flu­enced amer­i­can diner. There are more op­tions for wed­ding pho­tog­ra­phy.

Would you say you are suc­cess­ful?

For me suc­cess is a hard word to to de­fine. Peo­ple have in­fi­nite sat­is­fac­tion. Right now, I'm not yet sat­is­fied I'm still hun­gry to ful­fil my dreams.

Who is your big­gest in­flu­ence?

My mom, def­i­nitely my mom. She opened my eyes into this beau­ti­ful world. She en­cour­aged me to ex­plore my tal­ent as she loves pho­tog­ra­phy, so you can say the pas­sion and drive was in­her­ited from her.

How does your pho­to­graphs dif­fer from other pho­tog­ra­phers?

The in­ten­tion of videos and photos evokes emo­tions, I want to tell a story. I want the au­di­ence to see my vi­sion and I do this through the pho­to­graphs. I treat my clients as friends, one of my clients be­came my best friend af­ter the wed­ding I filmed for them and last but not the least I love my job and I'm happy.

What is your spe­cialty in the field?

I film a lot of mu­sic videos. I ac­tu­ally love mak­ing mu­sic videos, the very first MV I pro­duced, di­rected and starred in was for a friend.. Be­fore that I filmed a lot of wed­ding videos. I also cre­ate short films as well, my long term goal would be to pro­duce and di­rect my own full length film.

How has Cam­bo­dia in­flu­enced your work?

The cul­ture, lo­cal cus­toms, tra­di­tions and peo­ple in­flu­ence me with a lot of things. In re­gards to the in­dus­try. I think I have a big con­trib­uted by us­ing my knowl­edge and skills, for wed­ding videos in par­tic­u­lar. Back in 2011 I re­leased the first cin­e­matic wed­ding film in Cam­bo­dia, af­ter the re­lease I had a lot of pos­i­tive feed­back and now most wed­ding videog­ra­phers fol­low the same di­rec­tion. I have no­ticed most stu­dios in cam­bo­dia also of­fer the same cin­e­matic wed­ding film. I'm happy I was able to share some­thing my own skills and ex­per­tise. It is an achieve­ment and some­thing to be proud of.

What would be the best ad­vice for you can of­fer to some­one who wants to work in film or pho­tog­ra­phy?

In this in­dus­try it is cru­cial to be hands on. Your busi­ness rep­re­sents you. You have to have pas­sion and love what you do. one more im­por­tant thing that you have to re­mem­ber in this in­dus­try. Al­ways re­mem­ber to be friendly, this is an im­por­tant char­ac­ter­is­tic to have.

What have been some tri­als and tribu­la­tions you have had to face or en­counter here?

At the be­gin­ning I was told I couldn’t film and pro­duce videos due to my lack of ex­pe­ri­ence, that small crit­i­cism mo­ti­vated me to prove them wrong. The very first video we filmed, I had used my own cam­era film as well as my friend’s brand new cam­era, which at the time I didn't know how to use, in the end we were able to pro­duce a mu­sic video. That was my first ever mu­sic video, from then on it was only up­hill from there.

What is your life motto?

“Nasa Diyos ang awa nasa tao ang gawa” Trans­lated it means, “God helps those who help them­selves”

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