We had the good fortune of connecting with Lawrence Fung and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lawrence , can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I am currently in the process of building the infrastructure of my dance and visual company to be a fully-funded professional company in the next five years. Although I am still navigating the waters regarding this ambitious plan, my goal is to create a career path of my own and provide long-term financial security for myself and my future collaborator in my company. Growing up internationally and being a vivid globetrotter, I always have a curiosity towards different environments and cultures. The history of how a place came about and the urban stories within communities are things that spark my interest the most. As a choreography, filmmaker, and photographer, I am inspired to reimagine collective stories of others and my humble upbringing through the contemporary lens of movement and imagery. I have an inch to move, to create, and to capture moments. There’s an artistic voice in me that yearns for knowledge and improvement. It takes a village to make an impact, and I am driven to find and build my tribe of misfits to leave behind our visions.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
In the simplest term, I create dance choreography for stage, film, and photography. What I am most interested in is creating a multidimensional work that tells a story through the blend of the previously mentioned platforms. My evening-length concert work “Kapsule” in 2019 Kapsule and this year’s “Unbreakable” has been a prime example of how I merge and encapsulate these various mediums and present it as a single product at an event. I am an abstract artist and I do not like labels. For example, my movement background is in breaking and I have been intensively training ballet, modern, and partnering style in the recent years, however, it is unfitting to categorize my movement as contemporary or urban. There is no label, it’s a blend of movements and vocabularies that speak to me, it’s just me. I enjoying taking context away from a subject and introduce new perspectives to my audience. Hence, it only works when I am creating for myself and investigate the stories I want to tell and interests I want to explore. To support and reach the full potential of my artistic endeavor and pursues, it makes perfect sense to start my own company. Luckily I did finance and supply chain for my undergraduate degree. There are many logistical and personal struggles that I had to go through to get to where I am at today. And even so, I am still at the very beginning. However, I would say that the most important attribute is to put self-discovery and personal growth at the top priority. Meaning finding your interest, your voice, and your purpose through travel, learning, and most important “living”; fully pursuing what excites you and doing it with 200% of effort; understanding the power of say “no” to people and not let the societal perspectives and stereotypes shape your worldview. Ultimately, you are craft your own path, so there’s no existing blueprint for that; find your purpose and follow your heart.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
Places to check out: PHX Art Museum – free on Wednesday nights Scottsdale Contemporary Art Museum – free on Thursday nights Desert Botanical Garden – Nice photoshoot location PHX Farmers Market – good place for food, local arts and produce on Saturday mornings Mesa Riverview Park – good place for bike rides, jungle gym activities, panic, and photoshoot Camelback Mountain Echo Canyon Trail – a good intense hike with a summit view Old Town Scottsdale – good area to wine, dine, party, and gallery browsing Papago Park (Hole in the Wall Rock) – great place for a short hike and sunset view Arizona Falls – great photoshoot location Trips: Sedona – hikes, sceneries, photoshoots, and gallery exploration Flagstaff – snowboard lovers Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend – hikes, sceneries, and photoshoots
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?
The Faculty Body at the Dance Department of Arizona State University My faculty mentor Eileen Standley When I stepped into graduate school in the fall of 2017, I was only a competitive break dancer who was stuck in a dead-end career path. But the school and specific Eileen has shown me that there’s so much more I can do with dance and has encouraged me to pursue various forms of art. Thanks to the program and Eileen for allow me to see myself as not only a bboy, but a dancer, and precisely an artist. In the past two-years, I developed an unique set of skillsets and interests and slowly cultivating my choreographic voice as an artist through the learning of different dance genres including ballet, modern, and contemporary, and through the trial and error in photography and screendance. My horizon has expanded and it is much more satisfying and fulfilling to create something personal yet relatable to others instead of seeing dance as a winner-takes-all reality like I used to years ago.
All images are taken under the production of my company Kraken Still & Film