Featured Photographer: Mike Sung

"Try hard. Experience the failure. Enjoy what you do."

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Tell us about yourself, why you are passionate about what you do, and your journey so far. I was born in Taiwan, but fell in love with London as well later on. Now I only want to present myself, regardless of my experiences in Central Saint Martins and Conde Nast Taiwan. See my works now. What are your goals and how do you see yourself progressing in the field? I started my path in college in industrial design, but got into the field of photography when I had the chance to do so. I am not really sure where and when my intuition and originality will lead me. Thanks to the training I had in my college, I know a little of the basics of everything. How do you communicate with people? Are you patient? Are you friendly? How open are you to clients’ requirements? Most of the times, I am more open to new ideas than my clients. However, the quality is there for me to take hold on. I hope to be as patient as I can be to meet with their requirements by giving the possibilities and the best results I am able to offer. If you had to do it over again, what would you change? To have more courage to challenge new stuff, and be less shy to my dreams on my way through. To have studied harder in school. Who is your hero, and how have they helped you get to where you are? A dear friend in New York, who is now a great artist from Taiwan. She is the toughest and softest woman that I have ever known. Whenever I feel like losing power, I think about how much effort she has made to come to her position. How important are creative education courses? Have you taken any, and did you find them useful? Most of the times, the ideas cannot live without the techniques and your hands. I believe the courses are there to bring a place to open up the minds of the students, so that they can be free from reality, and come gradually down to earth when they leave. I studied industrial design in college and photography in graduate school, and I think they have helped me a lot to go further and further. Do you have any tips for someone who is just starting out in the industry? Try hard. Experience the failure. Enjoy what you do. Sky is the limit. Learn and learn.

Photo Credits: Model/ Christine Kao @xtinekao Make Up Artist/ Caty Hsu @catybaby Jewelry/ Laingher Jewelry @liangher_jewellery Photography/ Mike Sung @miksungphoto Location/ Libero Coffee, @fflavour Contact Details: Instagram: @mikesungphoto Email: mikesungphoto@gmail.com


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