We had the good fortune of connecting with Pratya Jankong and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Pratya, what’s the most difficult decision you’ve ever had to make?
Coming to New York, it was the most difficult decision in my life… You might wonder why!? Long story short, I had pretty good job, full-time photographer for one of the biggest publisher in Thailand, Amarin New Media https://amarin.co.th/en/. having pretty good life and future there and I needed to leave it all behind to pursue something, might be a dream in New York.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m a professional photographer so my art is photography/images. My story wasn’t easy. I didn’t graduate about photography or anything about art at all. My degree was agriculture. However, I didn’t go professional in the way I graduated. So it was so hard to start to go professional in the way. It’s really huge challenge. Nobody believed me at the time, especially my mother because she thought photography was not a real career it’s just a hobby, and I just played around with it. However, I did not I really proved myself and went for it. I learned everything by myself, reading some photography books/magazines, learning online, becoming photographer assistant. Also, I worked for free in exchange to learn by doing and witnessing professional photographer. At least, 2.5 years I got a big opportunity to become a professional photographer in the big publisher in Thailand. What I learned, believing in yourself no matter what it might succeed or might not at least you give it a try you did your best. Proud of yourself and accept all the outcome.

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?
I’m a professional photographer so my art is photography/images. My story wasn’t easy. I didn’t graduate about photography or anything about art at all. My degree was agriculture. However, I didn’t go professional in the way I graduated. So it was so hard to start to go professional in the way. It’s really huge challenge. Nobody believed me at the time, especially my mother because she thought photography was not a real career it’s just a hobby, and I just played around with it. However, I did not I really proved myself and went for it. I learned everything by myself, reading some photography books/magazines, learning online, becoming photographer assistant. Also, I worked for free in exchange to learn by doing and witnessing professional photographer. At least, 2.5 years I got a big opportunity to become a professional photographer in the big publisher in Thailand. What I learned, believing in yourself no matter what it might succeed or might not at least you give it a try you did your best. Proud of yourself and accept all the outcome. 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?
Myself and my family

Website: http://www.pratyajankong.com/

Instagram: pratya_photographer

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