We had the good fortune of connecting with Huy Tran and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Huy, how do you define success?
My definition of success has changed numerous times throughout my entire life. Whether it was succeeding in academia or in my personal life, I understand what it means to be successful and what it takes to be successful. Success to me is being able to adapt and thrive in any situation you are put into. Success to me is being able to keep going even when you have no idea where you’re going or where you might end up at. It means being able to show up for yourself every day. It means being able to cold call and pick people’s brains and ask them questions about the game and for tips and tricks on how to improve our own craft. It means being vulnerable and discussing our deepest fears and figuring out how to use our fears as fuel. It means being inspired by the little things in life to cultivate, create and form new ideas, work, and relationships. Overall, what success means to me is being able to pay homage to those that came before us and cultivate and elevate the path for those that come after us so, that way the next generation of artists, photographers, curators, models, creatives, and athletes can be successful and/or if not be more successful than us.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
What separates me from everyone else is that I focus on capturing the person’s personality and creating work that lasts a lifetime. I want people to look back on the work that I have created and be captivated and enamored by my portraits. What I am most proud of is being proud of the fact that I still continuously work with new and old faces. What I am most excited about is expanding my network all across southern California and working with people from all walks of life. The journey has never been easy and I overcame the challenges by remaining true to myself through it all. Not only remaining true to myself but also remaining true to the game and to the people that I work with. One of the most important lessons I have learned throughout my journey is being consistent with everything we do in life. I learned that being consistent with our work is just as important as being consistent with everything else in our everyday lives. If we are inconsistent in what we do, we will never be able to reach our full potential to be great. What I want the world to know about me is that I will always be polarizing in everything that I do. That true confidence comes from within and it is that we should let our ambition carry us.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
There are plenty of things to do in America’s Finest City and it all depends on what you’re looking for!
If they want to see historical landmarks that represent San Diego, we’re going to go to Balboa Park and Old Town. If they want to see the skyline of San Diego, we’re going to Coronado Island which gives you the best skyline view of all the buildings of Downtown San Diego. Since the coast is so close by, a few of San Diego’s most popular places to check out along the coast are Pacific Beach, Windansea Beach, La Jolla Cove and Torrey Pines.
When it comes to food and drinks, your best bet is to really just drive around and see what the city has to offer! San Diego offers a wide range of different types of cuisines and flavors that won’t disappoint your taste buds. I promise you that won’t be disappointed especially when it comes to Mexican cuisine here in San Diego.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
First and foremost, I would like to praise the most high for all the blessings from above. Every day is a gift and I will never take that for granted. Thank you for humbling me and giving me the strength and courage to chase my dreams of being the best photographer that I can possibly be.
To my family and friends, thank you for unconditionally loving me and supporting me because my work and vision would not have been possible without you.
To Nico Villanueva | @nicovilln, thank you for being one of my greatest friends. Thank you so much for teaching me how to take portraits from the beginning. You have helped me sharpen my craft throughout the years and as a result, I continue to learn and get better. My inspiration to take portraits stems from our friendship and I will never ever take that for granted. You are truly a pioneer in taking portraits and the game forever thanks you for everything that you have done.
To Charles Guinto | @charlesgambino, thank you for teaching me what it means to be consistent in the game. Thank you for teaching me how all crafts and professions share the same process and steps to be great. You have helped me pay more attention to my work and as a result, I have taken upon myself to pay more attention to the littlest of the littlest details to help elevate my work.
To those that I have worked with over the years, I am forever in your debt. Thank you so much for your time and patience because if it weren’t for you, my vision and work would not have become a reality. You know who you are and I truly thank you from the bottom of my heart.