Hey Benson, tell us about yourself!
I'm lucky to have a job that is fun. It's fun to be creative and find creative solutions for the countless challenges filmmaking can present. When I'm not working, I'm spending time with my fiancee Jessica and 2 yorkie girls Mochi and Mayu. In my spare time I practice Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and used to be an avid paintball player. Every now and then I like to work with my hands dabbling in DIY projects.
Can you tell us what you do as a Producer and Assistant Director for Wong Fu Productions for those who are unfamiliar?
As producer and assistant director, I oversee budgets, strategy, logistics and scheduling for short film productions, commercials, web-series, etc.
How did you decide to pursue your specific career?
I got my first camcorder in middle school and shot highlight videos of my paintball and wrestling teams. Discovering YouTube in 2006 was inspiring seeing many young Asian Americans begin their careers as content creators and influencers.
What made you interested in your field?
Even if the movie wasn't all that great, I always enjoyed the special features on DVDs that included behind-the-scenes content.
Any advice on how to stand out and get hired for those starting off?
Stop waiting. There are many ways for you to create opportunities for yourself. You can pick up a camera today and create content that could lead to a potential opportunity. There's a plethora of free online resources/videos that can guide you through a career path or can teach you techniques to make you a more marketable filmmaker.
3 Character traits that would make someone excel in your field
Discipline, Inquisitiveness, Resourcefulness
Most difficult thing about your job?
Competition and Time. Filming days are long and can take a toll on your mind and body. Treat them both well and don't burn yourself out too often if you want to have a long career.
What would you like to say to your younger self?
Stay out of debt.
Best advice you've received/heard?
Mistakes and failures are an illusion. Mistakes should be seen as lessons learned and failure implies that you've stopped trying. Always look for opportunities to keep learning and never stop trying.
Any last thoughts, advice, or recommendations for someone who is interested in becoming a Producer/Assistant Director?
The film industry is entirely based on relationships and reputation. Treat others kindly and with respect as you never know who will become the next A-list actor or studio executive.