We had the good fortune of connecting with Mega Hermin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mega, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
Joining the work forces working for other people, you were really starting to know your own traits; choosing your values, building your character, having your own opinions. Typically, along the way, you would also build your confidence and starting to have your own expectations – for a lot of things. Being an employee, part of a team, and later on – leading a high performance one, I came to know quite well the art of hustling. But still, as a subordinate, you wouldn’t have the final say on many things. Watching my boss making decisions, I started to imagine what I would do differently if I have my own business. Starting a family and the need to secure the future was just the final push on the back to start our own business. Not necessarily the same kind of business we have worked with. But one where we could hone the skills we have learned, along with some additional skills we need to learn. It’s a challenge! And risky. Starting up, the hard earned small amount of money that you’ve saved all your live could go out of the drain in an instant. How could you make this works? How could you make it profitable yet enjoyable; for you and the clients both? How would you incorporate the business into your family life? How much sacrifice were you willing to make? For me, as long as you study the business thoroughly, with perseverance and skills, God permits, you will be successful. Choose a business that you will still enjoy doing for the long run and worth the sacrifices you will make. Surround yourself with supports and take care of them. Listen and be heard. Always be thoughtful. I still have a long way to go. But am very grateful for where we are now. Due to Covid we closed our doors temporarily. But when the time comes to reopen, it will be a bright new hope for the future, stronger than ever.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
We really care. I think that what sets us apart from others the most. We listen. And bringing our skills, we do our best to create the client’s vision. We do it with heart and people noticed. And it brought us to where we are today. By all means it is not easy. Different people have different taste. What is good for one person could be the opposite for the other one. But we love working hard doing what we love. We thrive by giving our best.
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?
Day 1: brunch Yi Mei Deli Chino Hills (Taiwanese rice rolls, beef rolls, onion pancakes, turnip cakes, fried chinese donuts, soy milk). Hollywood sign, walk of fame, wax museum, Chinese theatre. Drink some Coffee Bean and snack on Pink Hot Dog. Dinner at Com Tam Thuan Kieu San Gabriel (Vietnamese Pho, Vermicelli, Bhan mi sandwich). Dessert is hot freshly made mini custard filled cakes sold by street vendor by the entrance of Hawaii Supemarket. Day 2: grab some pork steam buns from Tian’s Dim Sum in Chinatown going to Union Station to take the train to Universal Studio. Round up the day with a bang by having dinner at Lawry’s for the experience. Day 3: breakfast Burger King, we’ll take it easy today. Browsing aisle by aisle of Daiso Chino Hills for cute Japanese knicks and knacks, we then go to H Mart Supermarket Diamond Bar to leisurely shopping for Korean snacks and have yummy Korean lunch at the food court. Then chillin at home until dinner time, we’ll go to Taiwan’s No 1 Cuisines for some fried guabao, popcorn chicken and stinky tofu. Drink: Boba Break. Day 4: big all American breakfast at vintage 300 Bowl Coffee Shop in La Habra, today destination is LACMA, then Santa Monica Pier where we rent bikes, stay till sunset. Satisfied, we will then be cruising around back in downtown, all windows down, absorbing the night lights, recalling the smell and the sound of the city. A late satisfying meal at Castle BBQ in Koreatown or just sharing a plate of dubokki at Hidori Restaurant along with a soju or two give a sweet touch before we going back home. Day 5: booking my best friend an out of town tour for the remaining days of her trip…lol. We’ll continue our adventure together the next time she comes again.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
No business without him, my husband and life long partner – Chandra. Kudos and always grateful for our reliable team – Julio, Andri, Matthew, Mary. All time credit for our startup mentor – Brian Krauze of Inventive Photo Booth. And will always be eternally grateful to GOD to make all things possible.
Fantastic Snap Photobooth