Specialise in something you really enjoy

Name: Valerie Lew

Location: Malaysia, and all over Asia

What do you do?

Produce and manage various type of projects, from corporate videos to tv documentaries

Why did this type of work interest you, and how did you get started?

Meeting interesting people in different part of the world always interested me. Being a trained sound engineer gave me the opportunity to be a location recordist to start with and it opened the doors of broadcasting.

What part of this job do you personally find most satisfying? Most challenging?

This job brings me insights into numerous interesting subjects, I gain more in-depth understanding of a variety of different areas due the intensive research work required. I am learning new things on every unique project, meeting numerous specialists in their own field.

The most challenging part of my job is to be able to calm people around me, when things do not workout as planned. 

What do you like and not like about working in this industry?

Can’t think of working in other industry, loving every bit of it!

What are your long-term goals?

Keep on doing what I’m doing while still can, does that count as a goal? I’m an organiser come improvisor, long term planning is not the sharpest knife in my pocket.

What special advice do you have for a student seeking to qualify for this position?

Think and act fast, make a decision and go with it, the world doesn’t wait. Specialise in something you really enjoy.

Do you have any special words of warning or encouragement as a result of your experience?

Learn to look at things in different perspective, stubbornness doesn’t help.

These are my strongest assets/skills, areas of knowledge, personality traits and values are….

Quick-wit, calm, technical, dedicated, flexible and level headed. 

Please also provide a photo and examples of your media projects or links to where they can be found.

One of my proudest projects on www.balithefilm.com and my company’s website www.gsproductions.com.my