Sunday, November 13, 2011

I Met WongFu!

pandaphilia x wongfu ! just in the frame
Photography and gif animation by me, thanks to Kristy Okada for above photo

I MET THREE NICE GUYS. Phil Wang, Ted Fu, Wesley Chan of WongFu Productions came to WashU Saturday night to chat about their journey to YouTube-dom (11/12/11). Last time we met was in Ann Arbor for MAASU three years ago, but our group didn't stand a chance getting into the workshop room. The talk was casual and down-to-earth, and after all this internet fame, none of this went to their heads. In fact, their success came from a long series of ups and downs, always having a backup plan in case things didn't pan out. As a blogger, I can relate to a lot of what they described, and I'm sure many of you can too. 

I knew they attended UCSD, but was surprised to discover these three were visual arts majors. However, their short films are always low-budget, creative ways of utilizing their resources and good "eye." Treat: they showed a few exclusive not-yet-released clips that I thought were clever and fantastic. In the end, they stayed to take photos with about 200 people and sign 200 autographs. With my SLR in tow (always), Phil took notice and asked if I take a lot of photography. I responded that I'm a fashion blogger on the side and a Neuroscience major by day, but I like living out my artsy dreams too. He told me to keep pursuing this and it made me happy to see true evidence of how a whole lot of hard work and luck can make any dream legit.

I am such a fangirl. My heart was pounding when they pointed at me to ask a question. How do they combat negativity from faceless internet users? Their reply? "Haters gonna hate." They said focus on the support from your fans and ignore those ignorant people who write things that don't make sense, are misspelled, and just look at the username. It should be enough to give you an idea of their maturity level and your supporters step up and downvote awful comments even when you don't ask. Other people (including me) thought that WongFu was Phil and Ted's last name, and they just cut Wes out hahaha. The real reason is that in 7th grade, Phil thought "Wong-Fu" was like Kung-Fu.

A certain letter from med school made my day when I got home that night ; ) WOOHOO!
it's a sign eat the mic balloon me up, scotty phil plus mac field of dreams
Ted is trying really hard to get signal back to the UFO ship
ted communicates with ET turtle are you a nice guy? wes smiles jerky mmm college hall
Readers - who are your Youtube idols?
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KRISTY November 14, 2011 at 9:36 PM   said...
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KRISTY November 14, 2011 at 9:37 PM   said...

Youtube idols? DEFINITELY WONGFU PRODUCTIONS!!!! Omg I've been watching them since their first hit video, The Yellow Fever!!!! I have major crushes on all three of them. Yes, TED INCLUDED! Hahahaha... I wish they'll visit Toronto again. It's been a few years since the last time they were here. I love their Wongfu Weekends videos!! <3

Anonymous November 14, 2011 at 9:42 PM   said...

WongFu are just awesome! I'm kinda jelly haha

vk November 14, 2011 at 10:06 PM   said...

Lucky!!!!! It's great you met them! I love their shorts especially Wes's because they have such deep meanings.

Their road to success is so inspiring! And they are a prime example that to create amazing works, you don't need high-tech and expensive tools. All you need are creative solutions :)

I hope once again they will come visit my area and get to hear their talk.

Unknown November 14, 2011 at 10:27 PM   said...

OMG, I am a HUGE fan of Wongfu!!!!!! I used to watch all their videos. Mr Nice Guy was cute! :D

Karen (CFbeauty) November 14, 2011 at 11:47 PM   said...

Angie, it's awesome that you had the chance to interact with the Wong Fu guys in person! I'm glad they are down-to-earth even when they are role models for many.

I don't know if it's just me.. or did you say you got a happy letter from med school?! If yes, I'll screaming for you (in an excited way)!

CAMILLA November 15, 2011 at 12:23 AM   said...

so lucky...
wongfu are awesome..

Bicente Jones November 15, 2011 at 2:14 AM   said...

Hahah, I am superbly jealous of the pictures you took--I should've really gotten off of my lazy butt and done the same tbh, but I didn't want to get in people's ways by walking all around while they were talking, plus I think I was enjoying the speech too much. time though.

And yeah, I was planning on doing WF post... working on it now actually.

Viel November 15, 2011 at 2:48 AM   said...

WongFu for Lyf! hahaha! I totally love these guys. Love how all their videos are always gorgeously shot, heartfelt, and heartwarming! They seem really down to earth!

Hope your med school letter was awesome news...

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