We had the good fortune of connecting with Xiaowen Wang and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Xiaowen, why did you pursue a creative career?
Art is an essential part of my life. And I find that true happiness lies in doing what one loves. Should I be lucky enough to have a job working at what I love to do, I know I would never feel tired or bored. When engaged in designing, writing, or making films, and facing the challenges of solving the problems and finding new ways of expression, I never notice how the time passes. In contrast, during those times of feeling uninspired when writing manuscripts, I have learned that frustration follows. Through these experiences came the realization that it is better to struggle in doing what one loves than to easily succeed at doing what one dislikes. For me, the true meaning of success in life is to have the opportunity to work at what I love doing. I also believe that passion and perseverance are the most important elements in one’s ability to succeed.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I studied Production Design at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles, and also graduated from Parsons in Fashion Design, graduated from FIT in jewelry design, and spent five years in New York gaining more experience in costume and theater design, storyboard and background painting. When I studied in school, I am also painting for my own satisfaction and fulfillment. Actually I transferred my majors for several times and tried my best to to explore my knowledge of various design and enrich my art experiences. I worked for seventeen years in a studio and acquired exquisite skills in drawing, design, and digital animation; for fourteen of those years, I worked in Production Design and Script Writing, Editing for film and television programs. I never forgot my art and dream. And for the past few years, I began to work as director and production designer to create my film world by a new own way. I think that is good to keep interesting and find new sparkling part in my career.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If my best friend would be visiting me for one week, I would like to introduce my hometown with her/him. I was born in a small town and lived with my grandparents in my childhood. That is a small town and very normal place, but I guess that is peaceful place for me. I would like to invite my friend to walk with me in the graveled path in the morning, sit in the beach that nothing to do for whole afternoon, and have a dinner that would cook by myself. Although I moved from a foreign city to another one when I grow up, that is really special place for me. And I want to share this kind peaceful with my best friend to have a rest from current busy city life.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?