We had the good fortune of connecting with Hon Hoang and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Hon, what habits do you feel helped you succeed?
Persevering and following-up with others is a good habit to have. At the beginning, I always felt like I was bothering people by reaching out to them. In many ways I still do, but that voice in my head is a lot quieter now. I don’t believe I would be where I am today if I did not persist by sending out messages to people I wanted to work with. I always expected rejection, but more often than not, I was met with positive responses. When I didn’t get a response, a simple follow up helped get the conversation going. Many of my collaborations and projects have come to fruition because of this.
I think it’s really easy to get deterred when trying to achieve anything. We’re often bombarded with the results and the celebrations of achievements and goals acquired, but we often neglect the process. Rejection is a large part of the process.
At the end of the day, you have to believe in yourself just enough to move pass any doubt and rejection. It’s about persevering through what may seem to be insurmountable odds and a silly dream.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I take a lot of what I think to be true and begin to build fictions from these truths. Whether in my photography or film, I always try to find something raw and real in order to capture a level of honesty. I don’t think these images can ever be 100% honest, even with my street photography, because they’re captured through my perspective. In order to make believable fiction, you always need to put part of yourself into the narrative.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Besides the well known places and landmarks like the Beaches, Griffith, Getty, MOCA, LACMA, ETC., I would add some local spots like:
Wolf and Crane in Little Tokyo
Space City Vintage in Little Tokyo
Tasty 626 Booth at Smorsgabourg
Melody Lounge in Chinatown
HMS Bounty in Koreatown
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There’s so many people that have helped me get to this point. It ranges from people who wanted to collaborate with me early on, back when I barely had any work in my portfolio. To name a few models and actors such as Tina Joy, Lyena Kang, and Vivian Lee. That’s only to briefly touch on photography, the list might go on and on when I begin to thank those who helped me with my film making. TK Gorgonia, Anghel Paras, and Marcus Bernales are three individuals that have greatly supported me and allowed me to get my footing in film making.