We had the good fortune of connecting with Philip Tzeng and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Philip, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Food has always been a passion of mine. As I was building a following on Instagram and gaining more traction and attention, restaurants and brands started reaching out to me to either do paid posts or social media management, which in turn led me to start the business, LasVegasFill. It was never really the plan, it just happened to work out that way!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I think I primarily stand out because I am perceived overall to give opinions on eateries that people can rely on and trust, which is ultimately the most important thing.
I take the most pride in creating my food videos where I take hours of footage and edit it all down to a short, digestible video with the goal of them going viral. It has not been easy, but I haven’t found it to be difficult either. I am constantly trying to pick the brains of other content creators that I admire and respect while consuming a great deal of other content out there in order to get better and evolve with my own work.
The biggest challenge was getting into narrated videos using my own voice. A lot of new social media foodies started with this in 2020 and it really took off, but it took the longest time for me to get over the self-consciousness I was dealing with in listening to myself to put out good work. I am most proud of that and it’s honestly super weird and flattering when people recognize my voice when I’m out around town now!
The most valuable lessons have been to stay humble, be approachable, and act like you have zero followers. There’s nothing worse than entitled social media brats.
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 love living in Las Vegas because all of my friends come here, so I don’t have to travel to meet them. Sin City just keeps getting better and there are a plethora of activities!
The itinerary will be quite different from friend to friend since their interests are all varied, but here are some can’t miss spots:
Restaurants: Momofuku for amazing Asian fusion, Joel Robuchon for the fanciest French meal on the west coast, Golden Steer for the classic Vegas steakhouse vibe, and Kame for the best omakase anywhere.
Sites: Area 15 is basically adult Chuck E Cheese for stoners, there is so much great stuff in Downtown Las Vegas and the Arts District, and of course walking the Strip with multiple cocktails along the way.
Activities: I love Maverick Helicopters and they offer a lot of great excursions from over The Strip to The Grand Canyon. My wife and I actually got married on their helicopter years ago!
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?
None of what I am doing now would be possible without my wife, Ayumi. She’s been through this whole crazy journey from the beginning when we moved to Las Vegas in 2006 with so many ups and downs professionally and personally. Throughout all this, she’s been the inspiration and support that has made all this food blogging flourish as it has. Ayumi does the majority of the food action in my videos (butter pours, crab extractions, steak cutting, and sushi pickups), advising me on ways to style the food and helping me get my message across better to the public.
Other: My biggest following is on TikTok with over 420K followers at https://www.tiktok.com/@lasvegasfill?lang=en