We had the good fortune of connecting with Moses Okpalaoka and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Moses, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
Okay, My Full name is Moses Uche Okpalaoka but i go by “Mosesvisuals” on my work , I am from the eastern part of nigeria (Anambra State) but grew up in the Northern part (Kaduna State), growing up I have always loved photography and cinematography but living in a country like Nigeria my parents thought it was a terrible idea to pursue these “strange” professions, I lost my mum to cancer and I ended up moving to Malaysia to pursue a degree in accounting and business, well long story short, I lost my Dad to a car accident just before I finished, and this was it, my whole world crashed and I felt so hopeless, I had to do something, so I looked to photography and cinematography while I took free courses on youtube, the only way I could practice was by borrowing people’s camera to shoot because I couldn’t afford one, 10 years later I am a Film Director, and Photographer, with clients ranging from LG electronics, KLCC, Petronas, Boost App, Frost And Sullivan and many more to much to mention, Loosing both my parents at a young age was a very low point in my life but it became the stepping stone to what I have achieved Today
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
As a film Director I always consider myself a student, this is my first and only approach, I am constantly asking every one on set and around me for ideas or to teach me something in their department, I have understood you can’t stop learning because immediately you stop learning you stop growing, what I would say I am most proud off will be how far I have come and my learning process especially how much I have learnt in a short while, like I said earlier I never stopped learning or asking questions no matter how ridiculous I sound, this was my only method “learn and practice”, it wasn’t easy, my work was crappy and looked so unprofessional and it was so discouraging, most times I felt like quitting, It seems unconventional but I kept reminding myself I had no one to fall back on, if I allowed myself to fail. I have learnt so much, Don’t compare yourself with others we are on different journeys and define what success means to you and not by someone else’s yard stick, I want people to know that I came from a place of hopelessness and struggle but I used that as my inspiration, it wasn’t easy and it is still not easy but I am not the same person I was when I started and this is what success means to me.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
if I had a friend coming over to Malaysia maybe for week, first 2 days would be to take them around Kuala Lumpur at night to see see the night life, then we would travel for 3 days to 3 major cities Langkawi to see the beach, Penang to eat some really nice food and Genting to show them the casinos, the last 2 days would be for relaxation, probably a 2 day spa and therapy experience.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to give a huge shoutout to my beautiful and wonderful wife who stood by me through all my early struggles and also my close and extended family for never discouraging me