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Meet Will Tee Yang of willteeyang in Hollywood

Today we’d like to introduce you to Will Tee Yang.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I am a photographer and videographer mainly working in the fashion industry and event coverage. My first paid photography gig came in 2007 when a San Diego club promotor saw me photographing my friends party. He reached out to me and told me that he’d pay $50 in gas money and a few drink tickets to shoot his party at Beauty Bar in San Diego the next weekend. I was so stoked back then, I didn’t know anyone would pay me money to take photos! I never fathomed I could do what I love for a living! After working as a photographer, moving to video just seemed like a natural next step for me. I have always been interested in cinema but back then you would need ten to one hundred thousand dollars just to get into that industry. With new cameras being so accessible and self publishing platforms so readily available, everything has changed.

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?
Of course, there are always struggles. I remember in the beginning I had to work many different jobs to make ends meet because none of them paid the bills alone. It was hard to find clients and hard to find good models to test with. Networking is very important and you have to make sure you don’t get sucked into the scene. You have to be real and filter out the bullshit. I think it’s probably one of the hardest things for others like me to understand.

Finding out who’s real and who to trust, whether we’re talking models, clients, colleague, or industry professionals, is paramount. And never underestimate the power of being genuine and grateful to others – it goes a long way!

So, as you know, we’re impressed with willteeyang – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I’m pretty much a one-man band. I specialize in event highlight videos and photos, lifestyle and fashion photography for brands and models, and wedding photography and film. On top that, I also work on all sorts of video production projects for various publication and clients.

I’m experienced with many different types of work, which I think has helped me gain strength. One of the skills needed for what I do is being able to problem solve on the fly, and involvement in a variety of productions definitely helps there!
I would also say that having a wide range of subjects and experiences helps me to create my own style.
Another key to success is having a fast turn around on your projects. Many events will need the photos or videos live within 24 hours since the work is transient and often forgotten even just days after production.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
I would love to take on bigger projects but the hardest part for me is to transition past the “one-man band” production style into one revolving around directing a creative team. It’s actually much more difficult than it sounds since the creative world is highly competitive. I do have a strong circle of colleagues that I trust and help me grow but I also think that we’re all juggling quite a bit individually already, so finding a reliable group of people available at a moment’s notice is quite the challenge.

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Image Credit:
Profile Photo by Natali Hopkins. All other images by Will Tee Yang.

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