We had the good fortune of connecting with Nipun Chowdhary and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nipun, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Taking risks is essential to growth. The more risks one takes, the more experience, perspective and knowledge the person acquires over time. Taking risks challenge us to become better. It enables us to step out of our comfort zone and try something new, something off-beat, something that changes the current status-quo. Growth is essentially what drives me out of bed each day. The hunger to learn something new everyday. No matter how small it may be, trying something new, or learning about something I have no idea about, helps me grow. It helps me understand different perspectives of the same concept. I remember taking a big risk with my education and career when I decided to leave India to come to Los Angeles for my Masters education. It was a big step as nobody in my family had ever stepped out of the country for such long durations. There were a lot of unanswered questions, nervous feelings and excitement when I actually decided to step out of my bubble and comfort of my parents and actually travel internationally for my education. Today, as I look back, I am so happy that I took that risk. It has enabled me to grow immensely and learn a lot of new things about my career. I am a working professional in the film and media industry and am growing everyday. Take risks. Sometimes you will fail but other times, you will look back one day and be proud of yourself.
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 am a Cinematographer that works in the film and media industry. More specifically, I work in the camera and lighting department. Within the camera department, some of the roles that I take up regularly are Camera Operator, 1st Assistant Camera and 2nd Assistant Camera. Within the lighting department, I almost always work as a Gaffer. I am a person who likes to work hard, loves to stay busy and creatively applies technology to achieve a collective goal. I am exceptionally technologically inclined and use that to its maximum potential in my career. I know where my strengths lie, which enables me to learn how to operate a new camera or equipment for the first time with a breeze. I am proud of my work and the effort behind making a film. At the age of twenty-four, I have worked on three feature films and a lot more short films and other project types. Shooting three feature films sounds like nothing these days, but it almost feels like it took forever to reach this level. It was not an easy road to travel. The secret to my success is perseverance and consistency. It’s okay to fail once, twice, maybe three times. What’s more important is whether will you get back up the fourth time? And the answer is yes. I will because I choose to.
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.
Apart from taking my best friend to all the coolest places we’ve seen only on television and the internet, I would actually take her to Big Bear for a quiet weekend getaway to relax, unwind and reconnect with our spiritual selves. I would also love to take her to all the coolest Boba places and ice cream shops. We would go on long drives and visit museums all day. We would spend all afternoon in bookstores and have a small picnic in the park. I would introduce my best friend to my friends here in LA and go lunch hopping.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I owe my success to my family, close friends, faculty and well-wishers. If it weren’t for my family, I would have never been able to even think about taking significant risks and trying something, even if it doesn’t work out later. My parents and extended family have always been my pillars of the foundation and have always kept me well-grounded and humble throughout my journey. My best friend, who has always been my support system, deserves the biggest shoutout for taking care of me, bearing me at my difficult times, celebrating my most minor victories, supporting me and pushing me to become a better person every day. I want to recognise my time at the New York Film Academy, where my faculty was nothing but a blessing in disguise. Their lessons and feedback only helped me realise the areas I needed to improve in my career and strengthen my weaknesses. Finally, a big shoutout to all the well wishes I have met along my journey for twenty-four years. Every small good desire, smile, checking-in etc., goes a long way to help me become the person I want to be.
Thank you to all the wonderful people I have in my life. x