We had the good fortune of connecting with Tina Quach and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tina, have you ever found yourself in a spot where you had to decide whether to give up or keep going? How did you make the choice?
I feel the best way is to determine to keep going or give up is to constantly question: “What is my main, long-term goal?” Sometimes within the moment, it’s hard to picture life as chapters of a book where we may hold on to certain things, certain jobs, or certain people longer than we should. I feel it’s best to question how these factors are serving us at the moment for that goal. Note that goals can change too and that’s okay. Within my journey, my initial goal was to work in Film and Television which I achieved very quickly; however, what I discovered that was more fulfilling was to create genuine connections with people, whether it’s through conversation or through the medium of film. It took me a while to realize that goal and noticed there were many moments I should’ve given up and redirected my energy. There’s only so much someone or a situation can give and understanding that will help determine to hold on or give up. There shouldn’t be shame of “giving up”. The reality is the only option really is “keep going”; it’s just the matter of how you want to keep going.
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.
My name is T. L. Quach and I’m a writer and film director, focusing on psychological thrillers/horror films. I hope to continue my career authentically exploring women’s fears. I spent most of my career working as a crew member on major Film, TV shows, and commercials. I can’t say it was easy as the work-life-and-career balance has been difficult. Additionally, gender, racial, and age bias has been a huge hurdle to be taken seriously. This is an ongoing struggle yet surrounding myself with those who look past those biases has been helpful and validating. Like I mentioned previously, what I learned the most was to trying to be aware of the moments and redirect energy when need be. I would want the world to know that I am open for conversations and creative collaborations, especially those who are fans of suspense and supportive of women’s voices. Through my career, I hope to modernize the thriller genre with genuine stories and feelings from a woman of color’s perspective.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would take guests to places that where I feel reflect my view of local California. I would take them to secluded beach sides like Point Dume in Malibu or mural spotting in the Arts District in Downtown LA. I would definitely take them to various restaurants to have a taste of the world in this one city like getting Thai dessert at Bhan Kanom Thai or getting tacos at Holbox. I would also introduce Asian American restaurants such as Go Go Bird, Bopomofo, and Kiddo Ice cream and compare them to Asian restaurants like Boreno Kalimantan or Sun Non Dan to further understand the melting pot of America and introduce the diverse identities Asian Americans have. I would also take them to no-so-secret gems like a walk along the LA river or visiting a community garden, showing the urban nature of the city. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
This is a very hard question as I had a lot of friends and colleagues who were very supportive of my growth and my career. As of now, my dear friend Avalonne Hall is on my mind. She has supported me through my many years working in New York City, including helping produce my short films. Even upon leaving New York, she has supported me through my transition living in Los Angeles which I’m forever grateful for.