We had the good fortune of connecting with Tyler Tang and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tyler, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Part of my pursuit came out of pure curiosity. I always had an interest in creativity, mostly through music and entertaining people with stories, and with a little push from my dad by showing me some basic camera skills and providing video editing software, I found a way to marry the two hobbies into a career. In a way, I felt filmmaking and photography were great ways to blend tech with storytelling.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’ve been very grateful to work consistently within post-production. I will say though, it wasn’t easy. I had to carve my own path since my parents have no connection to video production especially thinking it more as a hobby and I didn’t make plans to move out to Hollywood or New York. In the end, I focused on working in a small pond with digital content creation, seeing that as an upcoming potential market, versus trying to dip my toe into the big pond with the film/television industry. This kept me grounded and provided more opportunities to edit and learn on the job while at the same time finding out who I am as a creative and what voice I wanted to lead through my camera.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’m originally from Phoenix and moved to Seattle. There’s a number of spots within the city I’d recommend if my friend has never been to Seattle. We’d have to start in Seattle Center to at least let them see the Space Needle and then make our way down the Waterfront to check out the Piers and Pike Place Market. Throughout that time, we can eat at the market or head down to Pioneer Square (one of the older parts of the town) or Chinatown. Lastly we can close out the night by hitting up a few pubs and a speakeasy on Capitol Hill. Of course other options would include visiting one of the parks along the water like Discovery Park or Golden Gardens but other options would be to drive outside the city and hike one of the many trails Washington has to offer. I would also recommend my friend bring their cameras because there’s a lot to capture.
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?
I’m a part of a few content creator accountability groups that have helped encourage me with building my YouTube and Instagram content. The conversations I have with these people help keep me sharp in my knowledge when critiquing and reviewing their content while bouncing ideas off of others when creating my own videos and photos.