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Meet Ted Nguyen of Create LLP in Marina del Rey

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ted Nguyen.

Ted, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I started off my journey just as lost as I think everyone is when they start their journey. I never thought being lost, however, was a negative thing. I knew back then that being lost meant that there was still something to be found, which is really awesome. A part of me will always strive to be a bit lost because it means the journey isn’t over.

All throughout college, I only said yes to the things that served me a purpose and I made an effort to walk away from the things that no longer served me. This meant leaving many jobs and changing my major at least once. This eventually leads me to pursuing a law degree and photography at the same time. Sometimes it felt like I was getting pulled apart because the two were oftentimes in direct conflict with one another, but it always made sense to me.

Now, being an entertainment/corporate attorney and a photographer has created an amazing continuous feedback loop, where one career informs the other. Being a photographer helps me understand the passion and struggles behind a creative project as a lawyer. This allows me to be a stronger advocate for artists and entertainers. And being a lawyer helps me understand the limitations of art as it exists in a society with laws.

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?
It has not always been a smooth road. There were definitely many bumps along the way, but nothing that is out of the ordinary for anyone pursuing their dreams. It is always just a matter of how you respond to those setbacks rather than the setbacks themselves.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Create LLP – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
I currently own a small boutique law firm supporting artists and creative entrepreneurs in their endeavors. My company helps turn creative visions into life. From structuring complex licensing deals, turning a book into a movie or setting up your corporation, my company handles all of the legal logistics of all forms of creative projects. I’m so proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish in just a year of being in business. It is a true joy to see the cultural impact of our clients/ work.

What sets us apart from others is that both my business partner and myself have creative backgrounds. It gives us, as lawyers, a unique perspective on the struggle of creative entrepreneur. I think it gives our clients a sense of accessibility and camaraderie that they can’t find elsewhere.

And of course, I run another photography business where I shoot portrait and lifestyle photos.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
I hope in the future to work with a bigger network of creatives and business people. I’m always so fascinated by the ideas that come through my door. I’m also hoping to expand the ways in which I work with my clients, not just as a lawyer but as a general trusted advisor. Ideally, I would love to help my clients in the production of their creative works and to have a bigger role in shaping their careers. Now, I think I’m in a unique position where I’ve had the chance to work with so many awesome people, I would like to be more involved in connecting these people.

And of course, I would love to continue to challenge myself as a photographer and shoot more.

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