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Rising Stars: Meet Stefan Kang

Today we’d like to introduce you to Stefan Kang.

Hi Stefan, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
In the very early stage of my creative career, I was introduced to some artist’s podcasts where I got inspired to pursue my motion design career. I still remember it’s called – “The Collective Podcast” where Ashthorp will interview with his friend and talk about how they got started with their first job. Hearing their inspiring stories and seeing how much they’ve contributed really inspired me to do the same. I started working in the industry about six years ago as a motion designer in Asia. I was lucky enough to land a couple of freelance opportunities through recommendations from friends, but I know that I was so far away from achieving my creative goals. Even though at that time I was able to make a living out of my career, I think I lack of technical skills. So I decided to attend Gnomon School of VFX in Hollywood. Ever since that, it has really changed my career. I met so many industrial artists who I’m currently working with or artist friends who’re working in AAA games and films. The school has provided me with training from a lot of industry experts. We often have creative events & talks from artists/ directors who work on blockbuster movies to share their process and experience with us. One of my instructors who is working as a FX supervisor offered me a full-time opportunity to work in a high-end commercial house at The Mill La. During that couple of years at the mill has helped me to understand more about the commercial industry and feeling more confident with my creative & technical skills. Friend and coworker who I was surrounded by has taught me and helped me along to get me to where I’m at now. Currently, I’m working as a Creative at a local studio – Parliament VFX.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
My biggest struggle has always been to push myself to become a better artist outside of work. I wanted to create more inspiring abstract images & experimented work. Sometimes I will struggle to find time & motivation, or it’s either my project is too ambitious that will take up a longer period of time to finish just by myself. There’s a lot of inspiring artists like Beeple, Ashthorp, Gmunk who are actively showcasing on social media. They have inspired me to keep pushing myself outside work. Personally, I still find personal projects more inspiring and exciting to work on since I will have more freedom and creative control over my work.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I’m currently working as a CG creative & designer in Los Angeles. I’ve always considered myself a “creative person” even though sometimes I will work as a VFX artist creating visual effects for commercials. For me, I’m a hybrid between the typical vfx artist and creative motion designer. I have the privilege of problem solved technical solutions and also design concepts/ ideas that help to promote the product.

Before we let you go, we’ve got to ask if you have any advice for those who are just starting out?
For anyone who just started out in the VFX or creative industry, I will advise you to hold tight on that passion you have. Always make sure you have a balance between work and life. It’s also important to keep asking yourself whether or not you are enjoying what you are doing. After all, we are just artists. Invest some time in what you found the most inspiring or exciting to work on. I always find it exciting when being a beginner at something, always strive to constantly reinvent yourself. With every sacrifice comes a great reward. I like to remind myself why I started in this industry, how much I enjoy the creation process and seeing the end product that entertains everyone, that makes me so fulfilled.

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