We had the good fortune of connecting with SU MI LEE and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi SU MI, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
I have worked as a fashion designer in the LA fashion district for 20 years. I have worked hard for my career and paycheck. Frankly, my job was far from helping the world. When I started my YouTube channel “Sumidea LA”, I made this channel to help me financially. A couple of months after I started my YouTube channel, the pandemic spread to the world. At this time, it was hard to get masks to protect ourselves from COVID-19. At this time, I searched for videos on how to easily make DIY masks for my family, but most videos took too much time to pattern and sew. Finally, I got the idea for an easy way to make masks when I looked at old leggings. After uploading this video, I’ve received many “Thank you” comments on my YouTube channel from many different countries. I was able to communicate with them through Google Translate. I shared not only information about masks, but I also shared comforts. This experience made me ecstatic. Now, I am still a beginner on YouTube, but through my channel, I am learning how to connect with people in a positive way and to impact the world in a bright way.
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.
Since I was a child, I loved drawing and making things, but in the end, I became a fashion designer, but after I got this job, I was under a lot of stress and competition, and my health was bad. Even after having two children, I cut back my time and continued to work. Considering the reason why I continued to do this hard work, it would be a big reason to make money realistically, but the excitement I felt when I designed clothes and when it sold well helped me endure. The YouTube videos that I started now seems to be for the same reason. The process of conceiving, filming, and editing everything alone is painful every time. However, the comments from viewers that I receive after posting the videos are a great joy to me. In the meantime, I want to share my experiences and bits of knowledge with the world and show fashion ideas that can be made easily and without cost to fashion lovers living in poor countries.
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.
Early in the morning, My friend and I would go to the Tickle Tree Cafe near my house and eat Jim’s breakfast meal and have some coffee. After breakfast, we would spend the day at Huntington Library in Pasadena. The next day, after going to Santa Monica Beach, we would go to Moonshadows in Malibu for dinner and enjoy some delicious seafood while looking at the sea. Other than that, I would visit Disneyland, Univeral Studios, and Hollywood with my friend. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My parents, loving husband, friends, and books I read have helped me to grow. However, when I immigrated to the United States, got married, and gave birth to two children, it was a great help for these two children to be able to communicate with the host country’s society, sometimes, because of cultural differences, fights, and hurt feelings. However, because of my two daughters, I learned English and naturally started learning the trends that teenagers like now. So, after shooting a YouTube video, the first thing I do is to have my two daughters inspect and fix it. Without the help of my children, being a YouTuber quite impossible.
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