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Daily Inspiration: Meet Pearl Kim

Today we’d like to introduce you to Pearl Kim.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I was born and raised in South Korea. Since I was young, I wanted to become a performer who gives joy and happiness to people. I’ve got a chance to perform with Korean renowned magicians back in Korea, pursuing my acting career. I was happy at the time because I finally could start my career with the magician, Sungmo Jung, who I literally admired since I was a teenager. However, to keep pursuing my acting career, I had to decide to move somewhere else than my small hometown. My parents didn’t support my dream to be an actor because the actor, the occupation is considered a job of ‘hunger’ in Korea. Everyone says It’s hard to make a living by having an unstable work.

Then I thought, If I truly want to be an actor, who is considered to be “poor”, then let’s become a poor but HAPPY actor seeing beautiful natures and surroundings. So I decided to move to city of Los Angeles where all dreamers gather across the world, nature is so exotic and wonderful everywhere. That’s how I moved to L.A, enrolling school at UCLA Extension. Since then, I’ve more chances to be involved in student’s projects like thesis film, not only as actor but more as producer. After I’ve showed my projects to business owners, who have profound business in American mainstream society, my work has been recognized as good quality with comparable cost. I become a producer in commercials, making visual storytelling content based on the experiences that I made short films.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
After arrived in U.S, It takes 2-3 months to get used to live in L.A, exploring the variety of cultures of melting pot. While I was involved in many projects, I found out that producing is totally different job from acting. I had to do more paperwork in administrative way, not in creative way. Being a producer required me to see wide perspective of working on production. I had to give focus and attention every step of work. I’ve had a hard time whenever I make a decision, being a producer required lots of responsibilities and liabilities in terms of leading all the crews by being a captain in one boat and making good results that make all clients happy. Basically, I wanted to make everyone satisfied, each of my crew members so my clients as well. I learned that ultimately I cannot make everyone satisfied. I always had to do everything at own my discretion that leads to the greatest happiness of the greatest number.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
Basically, I produce commercials demanding upon clients. Most of my works are visual storytelling contents that represent philosophy of enterprise and what services they provide to their clients. I also producing my own contents like short & feature film cooperating with directors and writers,

What matters most to you? Why?
When it comes to producing content for clients, the effectiveness of elaboration upon the demand matters. Making good quality of contents with proper concepts and well build-up story is the first priority. For when I produce my own contents, what message I deliver to world matters. While tons of films are releasing in a day, If my works can speak out meaningful messages that give little comforts and joys to people, I’m more than enough.

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