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Meet Jon Pham in Orange County

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jon Pham.

Jon, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I’ve been drawn to art for as long as I can remember. I was a big hip-hop head and being apart of the culture was a monumental stepping stone for me towards all creative endeavors – grabbing a camcorder and documenting whatever happened in the local scene was enough to spark my interest in film. It was a great atmosphere to be in and it shaped a lot of my attitudes towards art today.

I was lucky enough to go to film school and from there I just tried to meet people and create good work as a cinematographer. When the film work is slow, I try to keep my creativity flowing by making photos. I feel every artist has this innate desire to create something that is truly theirs, and photography fulfills that for me. It’s a nice balance since my work in film is pretty selfless for the most part.

At the end of the day I’m just a visual artist and I’m always pushing to develop my style any way that I can.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I deal with the same crippling self-doubt that a lot of other artists deal with. Some days I feel good about my stuff, other days I’m bummed about it. I feel you need a little bit of both. I just try to create a big volume of work so I can get closer to where I want to be. It’s a lifelong grind, I hope I get there someday.

Jon Pham – what should we know? What do you do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I mainly specialize in narrative filmmaking. Photography has been a more recent activity of mine but I hope to exhibit my photos more in the gallery scene. I like to think my stuff is different, but I feel it’s not my place to say why. I’m just going to keep doing my thing.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Being raised by a mom entrepreneur, I always thought that success meant making a certain amount of income. As I grew older, the definition of success evolved for me.

Success, to me, is having a body of work that inspires others. Getting a lot of money for it would be cool though.


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Rachel Sunico, Aidan Bradbury-Aranda

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