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Meet Sarah Ko

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sarah Ko.

Sarah, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
In all honesty, I came across sports photography and sports journalism quite randomly. I’ve never picked up a camera, let alone create any type of media content, only two years ago. Up until then, I was training to become a figure skater. Unfortunately, my career was cut short after an injury and being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease.

During my recovery time, I constantly looked for other activities that could’ve substituted my new free time. I learned to slip away from the devastating injury cliché and through myself into the creative world of videography and photography. As I expanded my experiences in this realm, my perception shifted from realism to an abstract one where I found value in the hypothetical creative world. Today, people are conditioned by society to follow their predestined path, oftentimes based upon their gender, religion, ethnicity, and age. Especially coming from a sport based solely on judgements and criticism, I found photography and videography as an outlet to break free from the normalized social cavity.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Since I’ve never formally received training in a class, I’ve always had to learn on the go. My high school was small with limited film and visual arts recourses, so my knowledge of how to produce content was non- existent. By turning to the most accessible millennial resource, YouTube, I learned how to direct, produce, film, and edit. It enabled me to stay up to date on the latest editing and filming techniques, taught me how to use editing programs such as Final Cut Pro X and the Adobe Suite. By acquiring these skills through “online courses”, I was able to proactively seek auxiliary opportunities to further explore my passions in media and learn to become a stronger storyteller.

We’d love to hear more about your work.
Currently, I am the Sports Photo Editor for the Daily Trojan, Sports Editor for USC Annenberg Media, Video Editor for Trojans360, and I do freelance photography and videography on the side. Often times, photos are overlooked and have mundane captions in countless editorials.

However, I believe that sports photojournalism has a more important story to tell. Each photo not only has to showcase the team and game, but it also has to showcase the hard work, intensity, mindset, and the love of the game. Additionally, sports are often viewed as a source of entertainment, but only recently are athletes seeking platforms to voice their opinions and advocate for things they are passionate about. Thus, as a sports journalist, it is my responsibility to be the gateway for athletes to tell their stories. I view sports journalism as a culmination of culture, lifestyle, fashion, fandom, competition, and, of course, pure fun.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
In the future, I’d love to expand to develop feature films, highlighting stories that are constantly undermined. Film is one of the most globally impactful mediums that enables people to raise awareness about causes and give voices to those who are discouraged.

I am fueled by my ambition to learn more about the film in any way that I can, utilizing all resources that are presented to me. Not only do I want to share stories that are entertaining and impactful, but I also hope to create films that provoke the audience to discuss global issues. There are many stories in the world that have yet to be discovered and shared, and my dream is to be at the forefront of exposing the beauty and truth behind them.

Pricing:

  • First hour -$65
  • Additional hour- $20
  • Each edited image – $10

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Image Credit:

All photos taken and edited by me.

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