Red Bull Rising Talent USA, 2018

On September 21, I received a surprising invitation to attend the Red Bull Rising Talent workshop in Los Angeles, California. I was 1 of 8 lucky photographers from all over the U.S. invited to participate in a week full of surprises, networking, learning and obviously… fun! I packed up my gear and headed up to Venice Beach on October 15, 2018.


I won’t go into too much detail about the day-to-day schedule because I don’t want to reveal the experience to future contestants, but I will say each day was jam-packed with workshops, meet and greets with pro photographers, shoots, and delicious food.


Here’s me awkwardly listening to critiques while presenting my portfolio

One of the things I liked most about the workshop was that each photographer had a different style and genre. There was a lot to learn just by looking at everyone’s unique portfolios. The majority of us also had never used fancy flashes like the Profoto B1x, which photographer Carlo Cruz got us accustomed to. We also gained a lot of professional insight from the pros, Lucas Gillman and Robert Snow that I will for sure take into account from here on out.

Some things I learned were:

Be memorable, relationships are key, set weekly/monthly/yearly high-standard goals, and it always just starts with an ‘idea'. Make it happen.

On our challenge day, we were paired off into groups of two and ran around Venice Beach like hooligans shooting various Red Bull athletes, each getting specific instructions for shots with only 30 minutes of shooting time. It was low-key stressful at times, but I loved every second of it.

Overall, I can genuinely say this workshop and competition have been a life changing experience. Not only was it amazing to meet and learn from successful photographers in the business and shoot pro athletes, it was also cool to learn more about myself and see my potential in a new light.

Now it’s time to come back to reality… Whats next?

An Awkward Introduction

Whether you’re a prospective client or an old friend casually stalking me, you’ve somehow made your way to my website and clicked “Blog” to learn more about me. So let me breakdown my whole entire life in a few paragraphs for you…

           I was created by a goofy Jewish doctor and a beautiful Japanese business woman. My legal name is Margaret, but the only time I get called that is at the airport. I stopped napping at 5 months and my parents called me “the energizer bunny” of the family. I loved to run around my house in my birthday suit, screaming “Homeless baby, homeless baby!”, and I was an expert fake crier. My older sisters can attest to that.



I'm still a messy eater.

             All of elementary school, I stood out as that Asian girl in a sea of Jewish kids during Hanukkah recitals and Passover Seders. I grew up always having matzah and rye bread in the kitchen, but eating homemade sushi every Thanksgiving. Sometimes I was bullied for my almond shaped eyes, but hey, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger! Pictured below is me carrying my Sukkah display for the Jewish holiday Sukkot. 


I grew out of that awkward smile.

            In high school, I went through an identity crisis because I wasn’t a math and science wizard like the nerds at my school. I pretended to like those subjects, but using a calculator made me cry and dissecting those frogs and cats made my stomach turn. I decided to give up any dream of being a gold-collar worker. I graduated in a class of 105 kids, and packed my bags to join a university of 27,000 undergrads.


Blocking out the haters 😎.

             After almost 4 years at the University of Oregon I have found my place in the Journalism School. While I’m not quite sure what exactly I’ll be doing with my degree in advertising, I know my passion for photography and interests in branding will take me to where I’m supposed to end up. While I am sad to graduate, I’m confident in the work I can produce and the connections I can make along the way. If you want to follow my journey, feel free to stick around! I don’t bite. 


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