Why I Started PAL?
A couple years ago, I started exploring an idea for a school Process Artist Lab. I wanted to support other Artists when it came to the process and I wanted the teachers to be experienced master teachers who could teach as guest artists. I wanted the school to accommodate a variety of media platforms, content makers as well as disciplines. In other words, a school for creatives.
Being in process is something I’ve been unconsciously doing my entire life, but I don’t think I appreciated nor understood what having a process really meant until more recently in my career. When I was experiencing career highs, I would just focus on the work and when I felt I wasn’t getting what I wanted, I’d run myself ragged wondering what I was doing wrong and doubting myself. When in reality, I now realize that everything is process. You’re always growing and everything is always shifting. You just have to learn to ride each wave as it comes and continue investing in yourself as an artist.
In 2014, I was a Center for Asian American Media Screenwriting Fellow headed by producer Karin Chien. Karin taught me about sustainability and CAAM helped me become aware of how important mentorship is for one’s career development. At the end of the day, you have to go and do the work but information, resources, learning from other people’s processes can help guide you along the way.
You don’t have to do it alone.
If you’re interested in subscribing to our updates, please sign up on the site. Our past guest artists have been Researcher/Director/Professor Andrew Belser and Director Karyn Kusama. In the fall, we plan to open our studio space in Los Angeles. In the meantime, I’ll be blogging about the process for PAL.
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Photo credit: Jared Sluyter, Top
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