Behind The Lens #10: Vicki Chen

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Meet Vicki Chen, a fashion, lifestyle and beauty influencer from Los Angeles. She is also a web designer and creative. We got the opportunity to connect to learn more about her lifestyle. Enjoy reading!

What did you do in college? 

I studied computer engineering at UCSB. I’ve always been tech savy and knewthat if I were to pursue a non creative career I would definitely be in the tech industry.

What are the things that matter to you the most?

My family matters the most. I grew up with an extremely supportive family who 100% supported every hobby I had an interest in. My goal is to eventually give them back twice as much as they have given me.

What does a typical day in your week look like? 

A typical day would include waking up at 7 am. A good friend of mine and fellow creative recently introduced me to meditating since it clears your mind and sets you up for the rest of your day. I would then go for a quick work out and then start my day around 9 am. A typical workday always starts with emails. Currently, I’m a freelance web developer and campaign manager, so my “9-5” work typically involves working on those tasks. I also schedule a shoot once a week or every other week. On days that I have shoots, I usually stop work around 3 to plan my outfits + get ready. My day usually ends around 9 pm with me coordinating any campaigns I’m in charge of for the month, and I always try to go to bed by midnight (unless I’m trapped into watching hrs of youtube videos).

Are there key people or books that have moulded you? 

I’ve always promised myself to have a thirst for knowledge as I know there are still things I have not been exposed. This is inspired by my uncle who have taught me to that one can never be overeducated ever since I was little. He would keep books on a variety of different science subjects even though he specialized in finance. I believe that even if I’m getting older day by day, there is no limit to the amount of knowledge I can have. Therefore, I have made it a habit to always turn my curiosity in foreign subjects into a learning challenge.

Tell us something we don’t know about the influencers work? 

I noticed that there tends to be a negative stigma associated with influencers. A lot of people fail to recognize this role as a legitimate career. However, they also overlook the fact that many influencers have other jobs as well. Creating content online may be one form of hobby that they enjoy doing aside from their actual work. I believe this is an excellent way for people to not only stay in touch with their creative side but also pursue an interest that they’ve always had. Creating content is also a lot more time consuming than it appears. From planning mood boards to coordinating outfits + products, it could take an hour to create one original quality content, especially for influencers who genuinely wish to present their best work to their supporters/followers. In this society where the working environment tends to be extremely cutthroat, I hope we become more supportive of someone’s chosen path and wish them the best of luck pursuing their passion 🙂

Where do you yourself in the future?

In the future, I definitely would like to see myself running my tech startup while continuing my creative career. These are two very different industries, but I find that I genuinely get fueled and more motivating after my creative work, which in return can be invested back into working on my startup. I believe that there should always be some balance in life. Even though finding a stable job is an overarching goal for most individuals, I strongly encourage everyone to not give up on their true passion, as it will lead you to success.

We hope you enjoyed it and we thank Vicki Chen for this interesting interview.

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