Today we’d like to introduce you to Grid Vongpiansuksa.
Grid, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
My spark for my career as a content creator started late middle school through early high school. If my friends and I weren’t in season for sports, then we would go out through Downtown LA and find gems that weren’t discovered and just shoot. Whether we went hiking or rode our fixed gear bikes through the city – we were blessed with this opportunistic land called Los Angeles. One of the hardest parts about growing up in LA was that we were so numb to the beauty of it all, so we made it a point to find the beauty in the chaos.
Once I got into college, this passion of mine took a back burner as I explored different venues as every student should. However, my junior year I stumbled upon my camera again whilst cleaning through my closet. I picked it up once more to realize that this was the creative outlet I’ve always sought out.
Has it been a smooth road?
Being a freelance creator definitely comes in waves. When I first started professionally after leaving a full-time job, my days were spent reaching out to brands, models, and anything I can just get work on. As time progressed, I narrowed my niche and decided fitness and lifestyle was my passion. It was the perfect blend to tap into all of my passions as an individual. With this, I was able to empathize more as a creative because I was also actively pursuing these passions.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I’m a content creator, so ideally I’d take a pitch of ideas and collaboratively take them from fruition to inception. Being in LA and narrowing my niche down to fitness and lifestyle, I knew it was going to be competitive. But having a background in those cultures, I was able to produce content that I was inspired by but also familiar with. One of the biggest things that I told myself as a creative is that this job is more than just the value of time invested but rather the experiences through each gig. If I was able to make my clients express genuine reactions then that would organically translate through the lens. This is where I knew my photos were showing up differently for each person. It wasn’t like I was blowing up and gaining an abundance of followers on Instagram – but my work was reaching people through word of mouth.
This was when I realized that genuine experiences with each individual is what makes my content unique and personal. Once I entertained this purpose of mine, I finally felt rewarded.
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Absolutely! Being a creative is all about going beyond your resources and turning anything into something. Start anywhere, start now, just start. If you have a passion, pursue it. You can’t avoid the inevitable nature of life – so might as well go out doing something you love. I am fulfilled with gratitude each day to be doing what I love in a city where I was raised.
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