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Art & Life with Michael Nguyen

Today we’d like to introduce you to Michael Nguyen.

Michael, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I am a freelance videographer/editor looking to make a name for myself. I’ve been shooting for a little over two years now; however, I’ve only been doing this full time for about six months. What started off as a fun way to pass time has now developed into my passion. I went out with some friends to roam the streets of LA, looking for cool places for them to take photos. I had recently been gifted a GoPro at the time, so I brought it along just to mess around with it. That same night, I uploaded the footage to my phone and made my first edit using iMovie. From then on, I knew I had stumbled onto a new hobby. We did that for a couple of weeks, and my interest in shooting and editing surged like crazy! Fast forward a couple of months, one of my best friends bought me my first camera that I still shoot with till this day. I quickly became obsessed with all things video and spent any free time outside of school or work watching tutorials on youtube. Anywhere I went, my camera was always with me. I shot everything from making a cup of coffee, taking my dog to the park, or even just hanging out with friends. Eventually, I began taking my camera to music festivals, and after finishing my first recap, I knew this is what I wanted to do with my life. So every festival I attended, I created an after movie till I eventually had enough content to show to promoters. A buddy of mine introduced me to the event producers of White Rabbit Group, who gave me my first opportunities to shoot EDM artists at small local venues. A few weeks later, I was booked to shoot at one of the biggest clubs in Los Angeles, Exchange LA. The rest is history! I’ve been fortunate enough to shoot some of the biggest artists in the scene such as Excision, Benny Benassi, Dillon Francis, Illenium, Eric Prydz, Deorro, Nghtmre, Deadmau5, and so many more! As of now, the focus is festivals and touring with artists, but I frequently test myself in other arenas such as sports, fitness, grand opening, product promotion, etc. Im pretty optimistic about the future, and I believe that my ambition will get me where I want to be.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I create after movies for special events. Whether its a club type setting, grand opening to a restaurant, or even your kids first birthday, I try to capture moments of fun and joy. My inspiration comes from a quote of my favorite show The Office, “I wish there was a way to know you’re in the good old days before you’ve actually left them.” My goal is to produce memories in the form of video so that years from now you, me, or anyone can go back and relive that “good old day.”

In your view, what is the biggest issue artists have to deal with?
I think one of the biggest challenges that I’ve come across is networking. Before starting this venture, I didn’t consider the amount of effort needed into meeting new people and promoting my brand essentially. This industry is very competitive, and politics CAN get in the way of progress. But if you can remain humble and treat everyone you meet with respect, then there’s really nothing in your way!

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
Most of my work is on my Instagram: @justmyko_ and links to my other socials are all in my bio

I rely on referrals to meet new clients, so that would really help out a lot!

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Image Credit:
Chris Mendez
Garrett Aoki

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