We had the good fortune of connecting with Philip Nguyen and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Philip, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I firmly believe that we only grow from taking risk. I’m not talking about the “yolo”, “all-in” mindset but rather the calculated, well thought out risks. We accomplish the most when we step out of our comfort zone and take on challenges we never thought we were capable handling. Those are the risks that mold who we are. I wouldn’t be where I am today without taking those big risks, the biggest of them all was quitting my job to pursue a passion and travel. By taking that chance and seeing where travel and photography would lead me, I’m a position now where I am much happier with my path and journey.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I love telling stories visually and creating art that leans into that. It’s not always perfect and I’m learning so much everyday but my north star that drives all my work is creating stories. It’s not easy and there are challenges that I come across on a daily basis but knowing where I want to get to and also enjoying the learning process along the way is what keeps me going.
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?
It definitely starts with the Pacific Coast Highway. We’re so blessed with such an amazing coastline out here. I love the variety from pristine beaches to rugged cliffs, from green hillsides to desert plains. I’d say a trip from LA up to SF along the PCH is a must do bucket list item for everyone!
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?
Absolutely! I think the people that inspire me the most are my closest friends. Without their support and encouragement, I wouldn’t be where I am today. A lot my life decisions had always seemed a bit off key but they stuck with me through it all and the fruits of my labor came from those moments of support when I needed it the most.