Jul 1, 2019
On this week’s episode of Creativity School, I talk to legendary viral photographer, artist and visual engineer Von Wong. Von has been hugely influential in the photography industry for over a decade with his massive online following and work seen all over the world, and he drops so much knowledge and insight about the creative life in this illuminating conversation about success, failure and everything in between.
Von Wong is a former mining engineer turned self taught photographer, and we learn how he transitioned from engineering to traveling all over the globe as a social impact artist and viral photographer. We also talk about his pivot into creating work that has purpose and meaning, and how he uses his work to tell impactful stories about environmental issues like plastic pollution, fast fashion, and electronic waste. Von also explains the importance of using strategy to build your creative career rather than sheer impulse.
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Mentioned in this episode:
Why it’s important to know yourself – know what makes you tick, know what you enjoy, and leverage that to the best of your ability in order to make things work
Why failure is actually multidimensional – how failure can also be successful
Why other people’s templates for success are totally irrelevant
The recent struggles Von’s had while pivoting into new things, and how keeps going
Building through calculated, new steps to get to where you want to go instead of being impulse driven
How to collaborate with others and the importance of thinking how you can benefit others instead of yourself
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