Life isn’t about finding yourself.
Life is about creating yourself.
- by George Bernard Shaw
I am Waku Shoji. I am a Japanese man in his early 20s. I am currently enrolled in SUNY Purchase College for film major as international student in New York. I was born in Chiba, Japan, but I used to live in several different countries including Egypt (4 years), Japan (10 years), Thailand (4 years), and USA (4 years so far). Living amongst many different cultures gives me many different perspectives and creative ideas.
I used to love drawing when I was young. Then I took a summer program in UCLA in 2013 and I realized my passion for filmmaking. Since then, I started to make videos in my high school for sports teams as well as school events.
I make videos all the time, and post them on YouTube and/or Instagram. Making videos is my favorite thing to do in my life. Filmmaking makes me who I am. I make many different types of videos, including music videos, dance videos, vlogs, promotional videos, and many more!
My Motto is "Do What You Love".
You can enjoy your life only once, there is death at the end of every single person's life. Therefore, why don't you enjoy your life by doing something you love?
When I was a kid, I knew that I did not want to spend my life by commuting a company and do same thing every single day, but I wanted to do something really fun, something makes me happy. Then, I found filmmaking.
When I make videos, sometimes I grab the camera, put it on handheld tripod and I just talk to the camera by myself in public. When I'm doing this, of course many people stare at me like "What the hell is that weirdo doing?" However, this does not distract me at all. Some people may say something negative about what I am doing, or some people may laugh at what I'm doing,
but you know what?
I DON'T CARE.
Negativity does not stop me from achieving my dream which is being a freelance filmmaker while traveling around the world.
I understand there are always haters in anything, but I think overcoming that negativity is the way to make my dream come true.
I do not want to waste my life doing something I don't like or hate. I want to spend my life doing something I love with no regrets, and when I'm dying, I want to say that
"my life was amazing".