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Meet Youssef Elgendy

Today we’d like to introduce you to Youssef Elgendy.

Youssef, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I am Youssef Elgendy an Egyptian Filmmaker, Photographer, and Content creator born on October 1, 1998. It all started me with seeing my granddad paintings when I was around 4. Even though he passed away when I was just 1. His work filled our house and whenever I went over to my grandma or other family member’s houses I always enjoyed seeing his paintings. This was my first exposure to art in my life. Seeing his work made me want to create something artistic even though I was just a kid. Growing up my mom worked as a professional photographer, and that was the most significant influence on me. Also, she gave me my first camera when I was around 9, so I started to take photos of everything you could think off and I no clue of what I was doing. While my mom is a professional photographer, I didn’t ask for her to teach me because I wanted to figure it on my own. While I was learning to use the camera in the right way, I reached a point where my mom needed my help and even asked me for tips on how she can do what I was doing. After doing photography for a while, I started a comedy show on YouTube plus doing some sketches from time to time, and it all stopped because of some problems. Besides photography and YouTube, I had a spark inside me to create something even bigger so got into filmmaking. I got the chance to make some short films. After that, I had the opportunity to go to India for five months where I got to make my first documentary. Coming to LA, California I saw the limitless possibilities of what he can do throughout the industry and on social media.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
From where I come it is they have a limited artistic vision and honestly in my opinion art has no limits.

Because of my age, no one believed in me, and no one wanted to teach me anything even when I asked for their help, and for that, I needed to learn everything on my own. So when I was doing short films with friends, I had first to teach them before working on any project.

Trying to break into the professional industry I struggled a lot. Because everyone around me said that I can’t do anything because they didn’t see that I was creative enough and I can’t be in the art field even the closest people to me said the same thing this gave me severe depression which I struggled with alone. However, I proved all of them wrong when I made successful short films, documentaries and worked on feature films.

Which made a lot look down at me as if I was a kid not knowing what he’s doing which made me have severe depression and got me down.

Youssef Elgendy – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
As an individual, I specialize in cinematography and photography. What sets me apart from others is that I can use any filming or lighting gear that gets handed to me. In photography, I am known for my style of portrait, fashion, vintage and Middle Eastern.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
Back home I see that they will start to accept new ideas which are suitable for the industry.

Here in LA, I see it will have more diversity and many more stories to be told about through photos and films.

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1 Comment

  1. Jessica

    August 28, 2018 at 22:02

    Love his work

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