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Ep. 17 – Life Behind the Camera with Maegan Houang
This week's episode features Maegan Houang, she shares what it's like to work in Hollywood, build a career in film, and share how much money you need to live as a writer and director.
From Michigan to Hollywood, Maegan Houang talks with Joshua and Ben to share her creative journey and pull back the curtain on what it's like to work in Hollywood, build a career in film, and share how much money you need to live as a writer and director.
Maegan Houang is a writer/director interested in exploring the crushing absurdity of the human condition. She recently released two new music videos for Mitski. She is a story editor on Shōgun (FX) and previously served as a staff writer on Season Two of Counterpart (Starz/MRC). She also co-wrote the feature film Jamojaya directed by Justin Chon (Blue Bayou, Gook) starring Indonesian rapper Rich Brian.
In 2018, she received a VSCO Voices Creator Grant from Access Ventures to direct a short film she wrote In Full Bloom starring Kieu Chinh (The Joy Luck Club). The film premiered online on Short of the Week and played at numerous film festivals including Fantastic Fest, Atlanta Film Festival, Oak Cliff, Hollyshorts, New Orleans, LAAPFF and Sidewalk Film Festival. She is currently in post on a new short film Astonishing Little Feet.
Maegan has also directed music videos for artists such as Mitski, Vagabon, Charly Bliss, Hana Vu, Chastity Belt and Skylar Spence. Her videos have been recognized by SXSW, Noisey, Fact Magazine, UKMVAs, Stereogum, Pitchfork, Raindance Film Festival, Vimeo Staff Picks and Videostatic. Her work primarily focuses on the complexity of the Asian-American experience, intergenerational trauma and her own experience living as a mixed-race American. Watch some of Maegan's work here: https://maeganhouang.com/
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