We had the good fortune of connecting with Brittany Lau and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brittany, what’s something about your industry that outsiders are probably unaware of?
I think the number one thing outsiders are unaware of is how much work and manpower actually goes into a production. With any type of content creation, people tend to only see the finished product and assume the 5-10 minutes that make up the video is all it took to execute it when in actuality there is an entire pre-production phase happening prior with days, weeks, and even months invested from several crew members.
I’ve had the privilege of working in a variety of production settings from narrative storytelling in college to single cam music video shoots to live production with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and I’ve learned that each is carried out with similar planning structures. The amount of time and effort placed within the pre-production phase is what creates a strong foundation for your production and in turn will result in a successful show/event. Of course, you always have to be prepared for something to go wrong (Is it a real production if something doesn’t?), but that strategic preparation and the support of your crew members makes for a fun and beneficial learning environment. All in all, I just want content creators and artists to receive the recognition that is well deserved for the work that is done behind-the-scenes.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My main form of art is video production and my content varies from topics regarding pop-culture, food, and travel. I have come to enjoy casual vlogging, but I tend to intertwine with a traditional narrative approach in order to enhance the storytelling aspect. The biggest goal with the art that I produce is first and foremost to express my creativity as I find it to be what I enjoy doing most.
Secondly, I want to provide people a unique perspective on things that they may not have been exposed to or considered before. I believe everyone has a story to tell, no matter the scale or significance, and I simply want to share mine in an artistic way. Truthfully, it has been a rocky journey getting to the position I am in now professionally. Through a lot of trial-and-error, I’ve been able to prove my skillset and network with some wonderful people while having fun and learning simultaneously. I would say that is the biggest takeaway that has stuck with me while pursuing a media career; Make as many mistakes as you can because that is how you grow. And of course, art is subjective. I may put out my videos for the world to see, but I always make the content for myself and my own creative fulfillment. My mindset is to be confident in your approach and as long as you’re happy with what you’ve created ultimately that’s all that matters.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
This is such a fun question because I’m often known in my friend group as the person that introduces people to a lot of their “firsts.” I love connecting with others through food, so first things first we would have to go eat at Lopez Mexican Restaurant for some classic dishes and margaritas, Golden Dim Sum for their authentic taste, Tiger Den for some of the best ramen I’ve ever had, or literally any Korean BBQ spot in town. I try to find unique experiences around the city, so we would have to see a movie at Rooftop Cinema Club or check out a pop-up fandom event at Popfancy Dessert Bar. Both of these places have become staples for me to hang out at because of their photo-worthy atmospheres, delicious food, and fun experiences. I’d probably like to share a honey agave cider over at Saint Arnold’s Brewing Company since they have a beautiful beer garden to sit and relax (their pizza is also to DIE for). For late night fun I’ve really come to enjoy Cidercade for the adult arcade setting and sometimes bar hopping different venues in midtown is a good time. If I’m craving a late night snack there’s no better place to eat at (besides Whataburger) than either Soho Chicken in Chinatown , Muiishi Makirritos food truck (I would die for their bulgogi burrito), or Yoyo’s Hotdogs in Rice Village; I will happily wait in that long line for one of their hotdogs because I swear they make magic at that little stand. To finish off, I have to satisfy my sweet tooth with a mangonada at Magnolia’s Ice Cream & More, they have so many tasty Mexican treats. I have a long list of places in mind that I could show people, but these are just a few of my all time favorites that are worth checking out!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I definitely have to attribute the success I’ve had in my career so far to the support of my family over the years. Admittedly, pursuing a career in the arts is a risky move for most, but my parents have always been so encouraging of my creative endeavors and allowed me to express myself in various ways growing up. My mom considers herself my #1 fan since she watches every video I work on and makes sure to be notified whenever I upload videos onto my Youtube channel. I’m immensely grateful to my dad because throughout his many jokes of me having my own talk show as a child (I was quite the chatter box) or putting him in my newest blockbuster when I made it big time, I knew he truly wanted me to succeed in my video career. I remember him getting me my first point-and-shoot camera and from there I was hooked. Most of the equipment I have and still use today is from the support of my parents and those gestures mean the world to me. I will never stop getting flustered whenever they tell me they’ve shared my video with someone new or express how proud they are of me.
Throughout my time working in video production, I’ve had the opportunity to meet so many wonderful and talented individuals, especially at my time with the University of Houston. Collaborating with people I’m able to call my good friends and produce something creatively enticing has been one of the highlights of my career and I will always cherish these experiences. I have a long way to go in my journey, but knowing my family and friends are there cheering me on makes me determined to keep going.