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Meet Andy Hoang of GoodEatzCo

Today we’d like to introduce you to Andy Hoang.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Andy. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I started GoodEatzCo about three years ago. It all started when I would browse through the explore feed on my personal Instagram and I would notice foodie accounts. I figured why not start my own page and I did. It took a while for my page to gain traction but after a while, I started getting invited to restaurant grand openings and Foodie events. Flash forward to today and many calories, it is now my full-time job.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
There was definitely a learning curve in photographing food. For example, natural lighting is always best for the photo. You never want to photograph the food in direct sunlight because the photo becomes very harsh looking. When it’s nighttime? Forget it, the photo will be grainy after the editing process. Another struggle would definitely be self-control. When you go to two to three restaurants a day, you’re going to wait to pace yourself and not eat everything even though it looks delicious. I usually always taste a little bit of everything so when someone asks, I’d tell them to go there.

We’d love to hear more about your work.
For my GoodEatzCo account, I specialize in showcasing “food porn”. All things that are fried, cheesy or just extremely extra perform the best on my page. Knowing what your audience wants is a huge key to get more engagement and followers. I believe I definitely know what my followers want and that is how I got to where I am today. I’m also proud of the fact that sometimes when I meet people that are not influencers, they’d see my account and that’s when I know I’m doing my job.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
Honestly, the people that I usually thank the most are the friends that come with me to food photoshoots. They’d have to wait for me to photograph or manipulate the food before they get a chance to eat. Cold food is part of the trade and they’re absolute troopers about it.

When I first started off, I’d meet other foodies like @orangecountycuisine and we would all learn from each other. It might be hard to believe but we all have our own styles when it comes to photographing food. Some people like incorporating their shoes in the photos or some people just like close-ups. Being an influencer is definitely a great networking experience.

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