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Life and Work with Thy Ngo

Today we’d like to introduce you to Thy Ngo.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Thy. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I began my journey about a year ago, looking for an outlet from my daily 9-5 job. I am an analyst and spend lengthy hours looking through large spreadsheets and finding ways to make sense of the data. While there is so very little room for creativity in that field, I was always eager to find a way to channel my artistic self. I picked up my first camera and got connected with a photo and video company doing shoots for real estate on the weekends.

While I knew nothing about cameras, settings, composition, lighting, I was determined to teach myself and learn.

I, then, took my camera with me to Iceland and filmed every second I could so that I could share the beauty of the magical island with my friends, family and co-workers. The video received so much attraction, that I became even more inspired to take videography to the next level. I would say to my friends, ‘hey, let’s go shoot.’ So, I would pick up my camera, not knowing what to shoot… and just shoot. The moments of each click cause a surge of inspiration and excitement through my body.

Six months in, I booked my first wedding gig. At first, I didn’t know what to make of it — I was nervous, scared, unsure. Capturing all the emotions, tears and laughter involved in one of the most special days of one’s life, and the thrill of being able to share their story with the world, has stemmed into my love for the art of storytelling through filmmaking.

Has it been a smooth road?
I have always felt it most difficult to put myself center-stage and find the confidence to exemplify my work. I knew what I liked but always criticized myself and compared my work to others. I would always ask myself, ‘would anyone even like this?’ I found it exhausting, always trying to perfect my craft and mold my videos to look and sound like what the general population would want.

For young women who are starting their journey, whether it be in film, photography, business — a good friend of mine, David, once said, “Find your niche and own your shi*. Be confident in your product.” Art is art, and Vincent Van Gogh never conformed to the norm.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Thy Ngo – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I am a filmmaker and pursuant photographer. I believe what sets my videos apart from others is my choice in music, my style and strategic placement of clips. I try to stray away from what is normal in my choice of colors and music. We see the bright, airy colors; we hear the popular, cheesy songs. What about the other end of the spectrum?

I want my videos to make sense from beginning to end and not treat my timeline as a video dump. I ask myself what story am I trying to tell and how can I illustrate it through motion pictures? I want to find a way to revolutionize how we think and feel when we watch a video, to draw emotions – and to ask the how and the why – I think this part is the analyst in me.

Do you think there are structural or other barriers impeding the emergence of more female leaders?
There aren’t a lot of female videographers out there. You will notice that women tend to aggregate into the photography industry rather than videography. I’m not sure why that is. I find that it is difficult to find clients who are willing to work with women and trust the quality of their work when it comes to creativity. It’s just the nature of our society.

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