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Meet Jeongho (Roy) Kang of RK Motion in Koreatown

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jeongho (Roy) Kang.

So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I don’t really have a memory of my childhood, but there is something that I remember vividly. It’s a picture book about the universe. It came with 3D glasses that were made of red and blue cellophane. When I looked through the glasses, everything on the book popped up like 3D. That imagery was so intense and colorful that I still remember what I saw on the book well. Probably it was the moment that I got a dream of being an artist.

When I got bored in school or on the subway, I liked to play some music and visualize music in my head. It was one of the best ways to work off some stress from studying. I could make a full music video inside of my head just by listening to music one or two times. As I imagine more music videos, I wanted to realize them in real life. No one around me was familiar with how to make a music video, so I searched online and found a motion graphic is one of the ways. Now I know directing music video is more related to cinematography, but that’s how I got to the motion graphic industry.

Has it been a smooth road?
I was one of the Asian kids pushed to study from 7 am to 3 am. I was in a private high school, and most of my friends studied to be a doctor. None of my friends studied to be an artist. My parents wanted me to take over my father’s business and major in something related to it, and I ended up majoring in computer science at a decent university. However, it didn’t take long to realize where is my passion at. I finally convinced my parents and studied one more year to retake the entrance exam for changing my major, but I got rejected by every university I applied. I had no choice but to go back to university and to study computer science again, but I failed. I was frustrated. I didn’t know what to do, so I joined the army mandatory for Korean males.

2 years of military service didn’t change my mind. Luckily enough, my parents decided to support my study in the US with motion graphics major. I felt very blessed. Without the struggles, I wouldn’t know how precious it is to get the opportunity to study what I want. During that time, the most challenging part was believing in myself. When I talked about changing my career path, over 90% of people said, “You can’t do it.” Hearing those voices continuously made me hard to believe in myself. I appreciate a few people who said, “Just try.” Those few voices helped me a lot to keep my belief. I learned nothing is a failure until I lose belief in myself.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am working as a freelance motion designer, specialized in animating and 3D motion graphics. I love trying various styles from 2D illustrative to heavy 3D sci-fi, but working on 3D projects is my favorite. One of my strengths that helps me to become more successful is persistence. If I set a goal, I naturally keep thinking about it and trying my best to achieve it. On the other hand, I also get bored quickly, which pushes me to experiment and learn new techniques and styles.

Visual in motion graphics is, of course, very important, but I believe the concept should be the first thing to be considered. I tend to think work without the concept is like a flower without a scent. My goal is to make a piece intense and vivid enough to be memorable for many people, something like the 3D glasses with cellophane from my childhood.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
I expect VR and AR will be a big medium to consume the content in the next 5-10 years. VR headset is still heavy and uncomfortable to use for long hours, but I saw a great possibility when I tried it. If technology can make the headset comfortable, more people will use it for the immersive experience. I don’t think it’s far future to see most the people wear AR glasses for daily use, just like the movie. As a motion graphic designer, I’m already excited to create motion graphics pieces for VR and see people enjoy them immersive.

Contact Info:

  • Website: rkmotion.com
  • Phone: 213-841-2169
  • Email: roykangmotion@gmail.com

Image Credit:
Jeongho (Roy) Kang

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