We had the good fortune of connecting with Lisa Li and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lisa, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
I think the most important factor behind my business is my level of professionalism on set, I know my way around set and feel really comfortable being there so that my client will also feel comfortable. Sometimes things change super last minute or you’re working with limited time, but adjusting quickly and having a team is super helpful. I think my clients or people who have worked with me in the past would say that I succeeded at making them feel comfortable on set. If they’re happy, I’m happy.
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.
I’m excited for projects that I’ve worked on that haven’t been released yet to finally be released. It’ll be interesting to see even how much progress I’ve made since then. I think that my kindness sets me apart from others, I put out good energy in hopes to receive the same so it’s all good vibes! Which is hard at times during high-stress moments but it’s important to breathe, drink water and have meal. When in doubt, take a 15 minute break. The entertainment industry is no joke and can really wear you down, so taking those moments to yourself is super important. Work hard, play hard. Also work with as many people as you can, assist people, work alongside people, different types of projects etc, to see what really works for you and what you might (or might not) implement in your own business one day. I worked and still continue to work various types of jobs depending on how I’m feeling creatively that month. I learned that no one knows you like you do. So don’t let anyone try to convince you that you aren’t worth it, because someone else out there definitely believes you are. Don’t give up!!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If they’re here for a week, I might try and fit in a Joshua Tree trip or something because the desert is unreal. Then we’d go to Malibu one day, there’s an amazing private beach my friend showed me that is gorgeous at any time of day and in any type of weather. We’d eat of course, anything asian – The Original Hoy Ka, Pine & Crane, ixlb, Kazunori, Sushi Gen just to name a few!! Probably have to get Howlin’ Rays and you can never go wrong with Jon & Vinny’s. Also Kreation and Alfred.. just to get real LA on them. I’d definitely take them to my girl’s concept shop, Genero Neutral in Echo Park, which has some really dope stuff in there. Picnics and hikes and last but not least the fruta man.
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?
Shout out to my immigrant parents for raising me right!! Also of course to my peers in the industry, anyone who’s assisted me, the stylists and clients who have afforded me opportunities, designers who have supported me, the producers and directors who book me, and of course my friends and man!! It takes a village to create these things we watch on tv, or events we attend, and you never really know how many moving parts there are unless you’re a part of it. Without any of these people I really wouldn’t be in the position I’m in today.
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