We had the good fortune of connecting with Minh Nguyen and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Minh, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
Given my hard work ethic mentality and process from the past, life has changed my perspective, I have experienced my health being affected when I over worked, I had to learn to take some time to relax a little more and find some play time to strike or reach that necessary balance. I think balance is extremely important to our health in the realm of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well being.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m a film director and writer, which started years ago when I was in college about to graduate, when a conversation with a friend help me clearly realize that I wanted to be an artist in the cinematic entertainment world. As soon as it all completely sunk in and a bigger epiphany really woke me up, my focus became a lifelong non-stop pursuit. I believe that my ideas are unique when they come to my mind in my creative space in a way that most people, in other words the masses will enjoy in a relatable way. I am proud of the fact that I have endured so long to get to where I am and am more excited about where I am going, cause although I have been actively and passionately pursuing my film career path for quite some time, I think I’ve only skimmed the surface just recently. The journey here has not been easy at all, just like others I have had my fair share of ups and mostly downs as well as obstacles that I have humbly learned from tremendously. I just stayed focused and stayed positive by being both grounded as well as lifted in my spiritual faith that God willing everything will work out for the better even when things don’t seem like it is. There are too many lessons to list, but I think for anyone when we actually learn from our hardest mistakes or hardest hits against us, that as long as we apply the mindset of truly learning, than we will come eventually come out on top. I want the world to know that no matter how difficult things may present themselves as blocks, as long as I am passionate, positive, committed, humble, loving and creative that my impact on telling stories through filmmaking will change someone else’s life for the better, whether it has healed their heart, inspired them or made them laugh that’s what matters most to me.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
That’s quite a bit, theres’ so much to do, for a fun beach time experience I would recommend Santa Monica, near the pier, for a carnival, oceanside, upbeat, vibrant time with plenty of eateries, if we were to get a little historical, the Mann Chinese Theater in Hollywood to see a movie, take a tour of Capital Records an iconic place where the most famous musical singers and artists have made the most memorable songs of our lifetime, as far as a fun movie watching experience I would take them to Universal City Walk, as far as a hip shopping experience I would take them to the Grove near Fairfax, for a neat downtown experience the Pershing Square Farmers Market with so many food choices, for a slight get away, go hiking in the Los Angeles forest. The southern California food culture is so expansive you can’t go wrong with so many options available, however the Mexican food here is top notch, with may other cuisines from all over the world that have migrated to Los Angeles, you will never get sick of the endless menus. For the sports experience go watch a basketball game at the Staples Center in downtown LA, or for a rock, pop or orchestral symphony if it’s on the schedule that week finish it all at the Hollywood Bowl.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
So my wife Rexina who is my biggest supporter, deserves the most recognition for all the very tough times and good times we have been through together, her intelligence, drive, problem solver, high standards and unyielding love has helped keep me moving in the right direction, and our daughter Dee for her patience, kindness and understanding. My friends Ruben Moreno and David Schwartz are true real friends I can say have been in my corner that I can lean on for support and guidance. Colibri A.C. is a non-profit organization that helps support less fortunate kids and facilitates the treatment and prevention of child abuse through education as well as therapy in a safe environment, I’m proud to be a part of cause the kids are our future and they need all the love, emotional support as well as wise mentorship to prepare them for the paths that lie ahead of them. “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho is my most favorite and inspiring book of all time. My family, so my brothers Huy and Steven who although live quite a distance I know have my back. Lastly my aunt Mai who has always been there as a guiding light and lending ear when I needed it through the years.