We had the good fortune of connecting with Becca Suh-Hee Han and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Becca Suh-Hee, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
This may seem like a trivial statement, but it’s a simple truth: I wouldn’t be where I am today without taking risks every step of the way. Each milestone that I have achieved in my life and career has been accompanied by taking a daunting chance on myself in some way. Whether it was joining the Union as a special effects technician or moving across the country to pursue a Film & Television MFA, having the courage to pursue something new with unrestrained passion has led to the greatest rewards on my journey so far.
It’s a lesson that I’m still learning, but I’ve changed my perspective on “risk taking” with each new experience. I began by altering how I saw “failure” and the potential learning opportunity that any outcome can provide. In order to become the filmmaker that I aspire to be, to help tell the stories of those who made sacrifices and took risks, I must always remember and strive to do the same.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Although I feel extremely blessed and grateful for the various professional opportunities I’ve been given, several mentors have taught me to acknowledge the challenges and hurdles that I’ve endured over time as well. For example, trying to succeed in a department that’s historically and predominantly comprised of older, white men without prior experience or hardly any knowledge of the trade wasn’t always a walk in the park. (Who would’ve guessed?) No matter what the situation was, I made it through each of the phases of my special effects career with the guidance of others and by working as hard as possible to become the best that I can be at whatever task was before me. I constantly put in time to do independent research on the various practices and sciences within my craft, asked as many questions as I could at work, and practiced…practiced…practiced…learned from my mistakes and failures…and practiced.
Despite being on a slightly different trajectory now, I’m proud of how far (and swiftly) I progressed in my SPFX career and continue to apply the same principals to my current endeavors. While I finish obtaining my MFA at USC, pursue becoming a writer-director, and work as an assistant director, my work ethic and perspective holds firm. If there’s one main thing that I carry from my family and heritage, it’s the art of perseverance. I’m still creating my “brand” as more of my story unfolds, but what continues to guide me into each new project is an unbreakable desire to fulfill my main goal as a filmmaker: to dedicate my life and career to sharing the stories of underrepresented voices within the film and television industry. If I keep my eyes fixed on this, I can overcome any challenge.
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.
This is the part where I admit that I’m still an East Coast girl at heart (and can show you around ATL like it’s the back of my hand), but I’m still learning the facets of LA. I’ve lived in LA for a couple of years now, but COVID-19 made it a bit impossible to explore most places for a while…
Here’s a crack at some of my favorite spots that I’ve latched onto so far:
– lady byrd cafe (Echo Park)
– Blu Jam Cafe (Silver Lake)
– The Prince (Koreatown)
– Home Restaurant (Los Feliz)
– Silverlake Ramen (DTLA)
– Little Dom’s (Los Feliz)
Other Food Ventures:
– Smorgasburg (Every Sunday 10AM-4PM in DTLA)
– Grand Central Market (DTLA)
– La Cita Bar (DTLA)
– Akbar (East Hollywood/Silver Lake)
Some of my favorite fun activities to do with my friends is:
– explore bike paths (all over the city and even near the beaches)
– go bowling at either XLanes (Little Tokyo) or Round 1 (multiple locations)
– let our hearts out at karaoke (usually Koreatown or Little Tokyo)
– or have a picnic at Griffith Park
Don’t forget about the other must-see staples, such as The Getty and Griffith Observatory!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
If I were to try to properly thank everyone who has helped me throughout my life and career, I would certainly never finish this interview. To begin with the foundation that continues to be my rock, my deepest thanks always goes to my parents, sisters, and the rest of our family. Throughout the different chapters I’ve completed, they have been alongside me with unwavering support and love, imparting mentorship and wisdom by example. I also wouldn’t be where or who I am today without being taught about our Korean heritage and culture, which we continue to celebrate together.
On a similar note, my humblest gratitude extends to all those (both old and new) who have and continue to bless my journey: my dearest friends, teachers, schoolmates, fellow cast and crew members, and others who have helped me in a myriad of ways. For those who threw even just a pebble into the water, thank you for creating the ripples that have propelled me this far.
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