Today we’d like to introduce you to Parker Jue.
So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I was always super conflicted on what I wanted to pursue, but when it came down to choosing my major for school, it was between science or film. Very different things, but I was glad that I made the choice I did. But even after going to school (majoring in TV Writing in Production at Chapman 2021) I still didn’t have a super clear vision. I did a lot of exploring and tried a variety of positions on set and in pre and post prod.
I was really fortunate to have been surrounded by a bunch of talented creatives, I was able to learn a lot and expose myself to a lot of new things. Eventually, I narrowed it down to editing and costume design. I am hoping to explore and pursue those two things more in-depth along with photography.
I am pretty shy and not super expressive vocally so art and dance were really great outlets for me – more physical ways for me to express myself which is what I am more comfortable with. I was pretty bad at drawing and painting etc. but found myself more at home with photography and film. When I was in elementary school I would write small scripts and make movies with my family’s old video camera. But it never occurred to me that it was something that I could pursue further. My relationship with film was very on and off but that changed once I started a media program in High School (Freestyle Academy) and then after that, Chapman.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I think that it was hard for me in the beginning to feel secure in my choice to pursue something in the arts. A lot of my family members went to school for science, business, law. So I felt a lot of pressure to prove something which ended up making film and photography something that brought more stress than anything. There was a lot of doubt and uncertainty in the beginning, but over time it was something that went away. There are still some days where the doubt surfaces, but I think that’s just a normal thing that happens.
COVID has also been a huge setback, but I know that that applies to the whole world as well. I’ve found ways to stay creative and productive while still being safe. I did a bunch of FaceTime photoshoots and took that opportunity to connect with people from other states and counties.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I would say that I specialize in editing and photography (portrait and fashion). I am proud of my growth and the fact that it reflects in my work. One of my main goals moving forward is to find ways to better represent/help tell stories to diversify the media we intake. When I take photos, I spend a lot of time on developing a story behind each shoot. I think it just makes the pictures a lot more special. I put a lot of thought into styling and the whole theme. I try to make the experience unique and fun for the subject.
Asian / Asian American representation in the media is very limited. Especially with the stories that are told/ how they are portrayed. I would like to incorporate Asian American experiences into art to provide a sort of connection and create a sense of belonging for other Asians in America. I think that was something that I lacked while trying to navigate the creative world. I always felt like I had to stray from my Asian roots in order to fit in, but now it’s something that I am learning to be proud of and would like to reconnect to as well as represent.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
I think being able to overcome the anxiety that comes with having to get something done has been key for me. I feel like often times we create all of these limits for ourselves and that prevents us from doing certain things. Just realizing that I can just do something without having to wait for someone, something, permission, etc. has been super beneficial.
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