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Meet Pakawat Thongcharoen

Today we’d like to introduce you to Pakawat Thongcharoen.

Hi Pakawat, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I am 33 years old. I am originally from Bangkok, Thailand. I moved to Los Angeles in August 2021 to pursue my career as a cinematographer. I have just completed my certificate in cinematography from UCLA Extension.

Before I moved to the US, I have been working with my wife as a content creator, photographer, and videographer. I began my career as a travel influencer back in 2013 after my wife and I finished our master’s degrees from the University of Nottingham in the UK, and decided that we would take an overland trip across Europe and Asia back home to Thailand. We spent 71 days on the journey through 13 countries and completed the Trans-Mongolian Railway, one of the longest railway in the world.

I documented the adventure through photographs and videos, then shared the stories online which have helped me gain more than 100k followers on Facebook, Youtube, and Instagram combined.

I have created online content ever since. With the love of visual storytelling, began to work on my photography and videography skills to tell better travel stories.

When the pandemic hit in 2020, I shifted my focus to cinematography and videography to help brands communicate the right messages to their audiences.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
I wouldn’t say that it’s been a smooth road. However, when I look back and try connecting the dots, it seems like this is the only path that I would have chosen.

The love of visual storytelling has been with me since I was a kid. I’ve always carried a camera with me to document my days. I’ve been told to keep it as a passion, and I wouldn’t have thought that it could have become a “real job”. I quitted my corporate job in 2015 to become a travel content creator. From there, I have learned a lot to be better at capturing beautiful visuals.

Having the courage and committing to doing what I love as a career have been a challenge. I have been told many times that it’s not possible. The only way that can prove it is to make it happen yourself.

It’s been almost 10 years since I have begun my journey, and it’s taken me on a wild ride.

I think that the hardest part wasn’t acquiring new skills to make the better crafts, but finding the way to create values and make a living out of the crafts we make which, as a creative, requires a lot of work.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I make online commercial videos that help my clients communicate with their audiences. And I also make travel/lifestyle videos of my journeys around the world.

I think that I specialize in crafting the stories and tell it through beautiful visuals. My video works for brands might not be well known when compared with my personal travel video works.

Is there anyone you’d like to thank or give credit to?
My wife has been a huge supporter since the beginning. I could not have done it without her. It has been a rollercoaster, and she has always been through everything with me. She has helped me a lot in the creative, and management parts, so that I can focus on the craft.

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Peeradon Ariyanukooltorn

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