We had the good fortune of connecting with Phoebe J Yung and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Phoebe J, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
In my career of filmmaking, I knew that I wanted to be able to develop and execute the creation of diverse stories that not only highlight character-driven narratives, but I also always hoped to represent those who may not necessarily have a voice in this industry. As someone who has been in pursuit of a career in entertainment for over four years, I’ve found myself consistently changing the way in which I write, direct, and visually shoot my work — for me, a career in the arts is the best way to experience growth.
My love for film additionally comes from the people you meet and the lifelong connections you can make. After completing several intern programs, many of the artists I met for a brief time have become some of the biggest creative influences within my life. We work on projects together to this day! This industry is exciting and always changing — no two days for me have been the same and film offers this unforgettable excitement that I plan to pursue for the rest of my professional career.
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 filmmaker that aims to tell diverse, character-driven narratives that focus on the relationships of the human condition. In addition to writing, directing, and shooting short films, I have begun to work in creative portrait photography, where I love to shoot photos with a strong depth of field and highlight different emotions from my models. Overall, I am always excited and proud to be a part of teams with like-minded creators as we work towards one final vision.
Over the past year and a half, I have been working as the assistant director on the feature documentary film, “The Stolen Children.” Through the director Lizzie Jacobs, who I met during my time back at the Cannes Film Festival, I have been able to participate in several opportunities which will include a three-week trip to shoot the film in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, next January. Our goal is to not only educate people about Cambodian adoption, but we are also hoping that the themes of identity and self-realization will be consistently featured within the project.
The career path I’ve chosen has not been an easy one, and each day I am working tirelessly to apply to internships and job opportunities that I hope will leverage my career. Persistence is key in such a demanding industry, and I have learned that without determination and dedication, I would not have been able to participate in the projects I’ve been a part of thus far. I have several years before I graduate with my Bachelor’s degree, and I will continue to work without pause in order to continue working in creative development and production. I hope to learn further from my peers and mentors and am confident that my artistic style and filmmaking process will adapt and grow even more to help me achieve my goals.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There have been several people that have contributed to my knowledge of the industry thus far, but I specifically am forever grateful to The American Pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival. While I was still a junior in high school, AmPav gave me my first official internship in the entertainment industry, and I learned more than I could have ever expected. During the duration of the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, I was able to learn the ins and outs of the organization, view several international screenings, meet college students and gain insight into film and television programs, and gained newfound independence that encouraged me to network with industry professionals. This internship was my first look into the industry, and I would not have gotten my start without The American Pavilion and its wonderful mentors.