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Meet Zildjian Salupen

Today we’d like to introduce you to Zildjian Salupen.

Hi Zildjian, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I was born in the Philippines and moved to Madison, Wisconsin when I was four years old. That’s where I lived for most of my life up until November of 2020 when I moved to LA. Moving to LA during the middle of a pandemic definitely came with a lot of challenges, but based on how everything has turned out so far, I wouldn’t have had it any other way. All throughout my childhood and teen years, I had always dreamt of moving to LA. The paths I wanted to take would fluctuate, but for some reason LA was always one of the destinations on that path. During my childhood, I wanted to be a YouTuber, for a short period of time during my teen years, I wanted to become an actor, and since high school until now dance has been my main passion.

During my second year of college, I had started taking dance more seriously and I decided that I was going to stop my college education and pursue dance full time. However, I knew that dancers don’t make a lot of money when they first start out so I needed to come up with a way to supplement that gap. Although dance is my main passion, I also have interests in graphic design and videography. Videography, mainly, would be the tool that I would use to help fund the cost of living in LA and any dance training I would need to pay for.

So in January of 2020, I had gotten my associate’s degree and my plan was to move to LA in March and use videography as a tool to pursue dance as my career. However, as we all know, March is when the United States went under lockdown and in turn postpone my move in date. That date had been postponed multiple times throughout the year. First to June, then July, to October, and then finally November.

During the months leading up to the big move, covid was still in full effect, a lot of the dance studios that I had planned to work at closed, and a lot of people who I knew were in LA were moving back to the midwest. Despite all these factors and a lot of people expressing their worries for me moving, I still knew that it was the right thing to do.

Me and my other roommates drove across the country in a beat up Toyota Yaris arriving to our apartment at 2am and at 6am that day I started reaching out to creatives in LA trying to find work. And to my surprise, I ended up finding work later that morning.

And so here I am, doing exactly what I said I was going to do; Living in LA using videography as a tool to help me pursue my dance career. However, I definitely couldn’t do it alone. I owe a lot to friends Sebastian and Brandon who were already living out here because they passed me a lot of work and helped spread my name around, as well as my friend Rigo for checking in on me and keeping me on track for achieving my goals, and especially my friend Nath for allowing me to sublease his apartment which gave me the opportunity of being in LA in the first place.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
As a videographer in LA there is a lot of competition and so I try to surpass the competition in quality and professionalism. I’m not sure what I’m known for – at the end of the day, my videography is an art form and I’m just showcasing it.

If we knew you growing up, how would we have described you?
When I was younger, I was very extroverted, but I grew older I became more introverted and reserved.

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The personal photo, the one at the beach, and the one of me with black hair were taken by @joswavy

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