1) How did you get into directing?
Storytelling has always come naturally to me. In school, I would always daydream about different life situations and would find a way to create a compelling narrative around it. I’ve always enjoyed coming up with visual and audio techniques to tell simple stories that people can relate to.
2) What is your most recent project?
I am shooting with Superseed on a project with Barkley agency. I’m also in the process of creating a film that is tribute to women.
3) What is the best part of being a director?
The best part of being a director is having the opportunity to collaborate with many talented individuals to create a one-of-a-kind piece of work.
4) What is the worst part of being a director?
To be forced to compromise one’s creativity and/or the quality of the work.
5) What is your current career focus: commercials & branded content, TV, movies? Do you plan to specialize in a particular genre—comedy, drama, visual effects, etc.?
Whether it is in commercials, branded content, narratives or documentaries, my focus is to create compelling, visually beautiful stories.
6) Have you a mentor and if so, who is that person (or persons) and what has been the lesson learned from that mentoring which resonates with you?
I’ve been influenced by many people who’ve inspired me and with whom I’ve had the privilege to work.
7) Who is your favorite director and why?
Jacques Audiard is currently one of my favorite directors. His storytelling is original and his direction for his actors is astonishing.
8) What is your favorite movie? Your favorite television/online program? Your favorite commercial or branded content?
I have too many favorites to list.
9) Tell us about your background (i.e. where did you grow up? Past jobs?)
I’m Japanese American, born and raised in the US. I was raised by the strength and will of my mother, who to this day, is still my biggest influence. I began working on film sets as a lighting technician when I was 19. I worked my way to becoming a cinematographer, and eventually, a director. I feel more grateful than ever to have the opportunity to work in something I truly enjoy.