We had the good fortune of connecting with Hayley An and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Hayley, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I don’t think there’s a specific turning point for me to decide, most things just fall into places very organically. But if I were to say something touches me or pushes me to pursue a creative career, it would be movies and music. People mostly watching movies for entertainment reasons, for me, part of it is watching, but I’d like to call it ‘feel’ the movies. I am a big fan of Wong Kar-wai and Jim Jarmusch, I watched almost all of their movies, and of course, re-watch once in a while. The magical button for me is to soak up the atmosphere in their movies, in the scenes, and imagine how it feels to be the characters in their movies. I wanted to learn and do the same magical tricks they do, but instead of movies, my media is motion graphics and artistic visuals. The way I see it is not only beautiful visuals are important, but also to communicate a sense, a feeling, or even a mood. Those movies showed me how definitely influenced me in a big way. Music is another influential factor. Whenever I listened to music I would have some sort of videotapes playing in my head, my mind flows here and there, at some point I thought, would it be nice if I could make whatever in my head alive on a screen. And I started to attend a lot of live concerts, live music and visuals on screens intrigued me so much I couldn’t even look away. But most importantly, it made me excited that I could forget everything. That was where I know for sure what I wanted to do with my career.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I would say my dedication to art is more about how this makes people feel, emotional with an organic touch, elegant but also fun and bold. I am thrilled and beyond excited when it comes to music visuals and creative strategy, which brought out the rich and fruitful feature of one brand and extend it to the maximum. Most of the time, I think visual art is more like a transformation of relatable information into unique visual content. It was definitely a lot of hard-working and some luck. Like I mentioned in shoutout, I got a great platform – my school Otis College of Art and Design, and from there I got a lot of good resources and helps from instructors, classmates, and alumnus. Challenges occurred when I got out of school, two to three months of no job offers, it was a mental challenge for me to moving from consistently doubting myself to gaining my confidence back. Overall, I wouldn’t say it’s easy but it was not that hard, I am sure there are more challenges ahead. Lessons I learned is to believe in yourself, but also reaching out to others and open to receive help and making more friends, enjoy the process, looking for the positive side of everything. I want people to recognize my brand just by looking at my work, the brand would be fun, creative, and sentimental.
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 so many spots I could think of, usually, I like to go explore by neighborhoods or areas. For my area (Los Feliz, Atwater Village/Silver Lake) Breakfast & brunch spots – All-time, very cute spot, and pretty good selections for breakfast & brunch, great salads, and coffee. The Village Bakery and Cafe, healthy options for breakfast and brunch, vegan options, and pastries. There are a couple of thrift stores on Vermont Avenue that are definitely worth checking out. Some dinner spots – II Capriccio on Vermont, one of my favorite Italian restaurants in LA, everything I have ever ordered was just perfect. Another pretty famous restaurant in the area would be Little Dom’s, the wait might be a bit long for the weekends, but it’s worth it. Mohawk Bend in Echo Park is a great spot for any occasion, good vibes and food. Atrium is another cute spot I feel like it could be good for any occasion, food is a fusion type of new American, Bars & Nightlife – Covell is a popular wine bar, great vibes for a girls night out or a date night. 4100 Bar in Silver Lake, chill vibes. Atwater Village Tavern, happy hour is pretty awesome, they have different drinks for happy hour every day. Los Globos in Silver Lake, techno after 2 pm. Taco Spots – I have to do a taco spots list, Homestate, breakfast tacos with styles. Ricky’s Fish taco, it’s a food truck, usually parked on Riverside Dr, under a bridge, easy to park around the area, Tacos Villa Corona, a local spot in Atwater Village, it has pretty decent breakfast taco options, worth to try all of them.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Firstly, I’d like to shoutout to my school, Otis College of Art and Design, awesome instructors taught me a lot more that I thought I could have, giving us industry tips, tricks, and helps. A great platform for students to getting internships and jobs as well. Also to people who helped me during my school years and at work. My previous employer – REVOLT TV, has been consistently producing amazing and unique content, some of them I had the pleasure to worked on. TÉ Double VÉ International productions, an inspiring production company that I have been cooperating with new projects for a while, some exciting projects coming soon. Books that helped me a lot along the way would be “The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle” “The Courage to Be Disliked by Ichiro Kishimi” and two books of Mindy Kaling – “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me” and “Why not Me?”