We had the good fortune of connecting with Ha Eun Chang and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ha Eun, how do you think about risk?
For me, I believe that there are no opportunities without risks. We instinctively feel comfort through familiar things and become experts at what we are used to doing. However, there are unexpected moments that apply changes to our comfort zone. These are the times that we are tempted to try new things and take risks as needed. Although these spontaneous situations could sometimes bring frustration and unfortunate mistakes, these struggles are what motivates us to learn new skills and expand our problem skills as we learn from these mistakes. As I look at more art and design references, I get inspired by the work of others and become self-aware of my skills compared to other artists. This encourages me to step out of my comfort zone and try to bleach my head of familiar and unoriginal ideas. As I practice this, it makes it easier for me to give up what I already have and start from scratch rather than stressing out if what I already had is good enough. As a human, I have come to understand that one will never be comfortable trying new things and/or taking risks but I have learned to encourage myself that there is no need to be frustrated for not being able to always create exceptional outcomes by taking a risk. Risks are the opportunities that we must take one step to grow further in our careers, regardless of the field.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Currently, I work as a motion designer at Los York, a creative studio, that I am proud to be a part of. I design and animate the graphics for branding campaigns and commercials in various industries. Additionally, I occasionally work on visual effects for live action films. I was primarily a design-based artist in the past but since being with Los York, I became a multidisciplinary designer. I have had the opportunity to participate in a variety of work from 2D illustrative style lock-ups or logos, comping UI graphics into a fake screen, animating cool lightings over a steel bottle in 3D, and graphic based projects like web design. I am incredibly thankful that I am able to expand my skill sets and learn the vast diversities of style to produce the best outcome. I feel blessed for this experience now, but I struggled in the beginning. I used to force myself to work long, late hours to meet expectations and found myself getting burnt out for this almost never-ending routine. I had a hard time balancing my personal and work life that it was affecting to my mental and physical wellness. It took me a while to realize the importance of keeping up my health and active communication with my team to set my role for smooth workflow. Lately, I have been interested in designing title sequences for TV/films that reflect slight foreshadowing of the story in an extremely limited amount of time. Thus, I have started writing these days. I enjoy making up the conflicts between the characters and figuring out what would be the most interesting way to solve the ending. Directing the art in each scene with visual descriptions and adding some foreshadowing to have the readers guessing on what would happen when all the puzzle pieces are gathered throughout the story are what I aspire to do. It reflects some of my personal memories, but I try not to deeply tie myself to those moments. I would rather release the old feelings and get to learn something new as looking back on myself at the time.
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?
My list has been outdated since the covid but it’s always fun to get around the downtown. So, I would take them to go on a long road trip starting from southern to the Bay Area. We would stop by some national parks like the Sequotia, Joshua Tree and spend a night there between the giant groves. When we are back to the town, we’d take a metro to the Art Districts. I’d take them to explore some private brewery to enjoy daytime drinks and check out nearby art galleries or museums and get to learn the local trends. Then at night, we would go up to a rooftop bar at Perch. We would chat about our next day plan and enjoy the night view of the downtown with some cocktails.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Like many others, it is always difficult to pick and mention one specific influential figure throughout my career. Whether it was good or bad, there are so many people that helped me in my journey in this industry. However, if I had to choose, I’d like to give the biggest shoutout to Los York. As an immigrant, I always had to deal with maintaining my VISA status to stay in the America. Los York was the one that gave me a chance to pursue my career in America after graduating college. They gladly gave me a sponsorship when most other studios were not willing to. It has been more than a year now since I started working for Los York and I have had an honor to join big projects and be included in the credits. I have learned so many things and have been blessed with a great team that always encourages and appreciates my ideas and dedication. This is what motivates me to keep up the good work so I won’t let them down.