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Zhan Yenn GGies
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Zhan Yenn GGies

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1) Tell me a little about yourself. 
Usually people call me Colby. Born in 1991, Labuan. Currently work in a commercial based photography studio. I’d describe myself as an aggressive person, if I want something, I do whatever it takes.
2) What’s your childhood dream?
When I was a kid I wanted to be a businessman under the influence of my uncle because that time, he own a big house and some fancy cars, I like to go to his house and play along with my cousin.
3) Tell me about how you get into photography. 
To be honest I never ever thought of getting into this industry because I’m not an art-based student from primary school until college. During 21 years old that year, while I’m still studying in TARC diploma in International Business, one day a friend of mine brought a DSLR to college for some assignment purpose and ask me to shoot some group photo for them. When I look back to all the photos, I was amazed by the photo quality and depth of field, so I started to study all the basic things about camera and photography. And slowly, I’m getting more and more addicted to it. Then I realised, this is what I want to be! I want to be a photographer instead of a business man! So after I graduated from college, I spent one year to join a lot photography talk and photoshoot session just to learn and practice.
After that year, I decided to join a professional photography studio because I want to learn something different from outside. So I approach a commercial photography studio and be an assistant photographer. I feel the need to learn & to understand the concept of being a professional photographer. I want to gain more experience before I could actually be a professional photographer.
What are the challenges you face as a photographer and how you overcome. 
The biggest challenge I face as a photographer is to deal with client and agency. Before this I thought what I have to do as a photographer is just make sure the photos that I shoot are all beautiful, but for client and agency side, these beautiful photos might not suitable to use for their campaign or ads. Because the most important thing in a commercial shoot is the idea and message. So for agency and client, what they want is deliver the idea and message to the audience, through my photos.
At first it’s quite tough, because everyone have different vision and perspective, and I’m quite stubborn that time. But over the years, I’ve learn to work together as a team. Meeting with agency and client, try to understand the message that they want to deliver, and from there I’ll input my own idea on how to make it even better.
4) What’s your biggest dream in life?
At the moment, my biggest dream in my life is to travel around the world!
5) What does the word success means to you? 
I used to think that being successful is being recognised by everyone and rich.That’s why when I’m young, I always compete with others and always wanted to be number 1. Until I met my mentor, Gerald Goh. He is my superior in my company, and I assisted him for 3 years. In this 3 years, he taught me a lot of thing, not only about photography, also about life. So now, success for me is not about how much money I earned or how famous I am. Success, is the wisdom and knowledge in your mind, also isn’t just what you accomplish in your life, it’s about what you inspire others to do.
 
6) Besides photography, what do you want to pursue as passion? 
Besides photography, I ever thought of being a chef! Simply because I love food so much. Every weekend I will go out and explore different foods from different restaurants. Even I went to other countries, I will still walk around and explore their local foods.
7) Tell me about an accomplishment you are most proud of.
Nikon photography contest champion. I feel so proud of it because that time is my first year of learning photography. I join the contest with my friends, and there are a lot senior photographer participate in the contest. When the judges announced the champion of the contest, I couldn’t believe in my ear! Although now I have quite a lot new and bigger accomplishment, but that is still the proudest accomplishment so far.
8) What advice would you give to those who want to pursue photography? or those who have big dreams. 
DO NOT GIVE UP. Nowadays the competition in photography industry are getting bigger and bigger, but if you have the passion in photography, make sure you don’t give up easily. I see a lot young generation can’t hold on their dream, easily give up on what they pursue. The biggest reason is afraid of failure. If you really love something, go get it and do not give up. Do not let your dream be dream.

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