We had the good fortune of connecting with Orchee Sorker and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Orchee, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
This may sound cliche, but personally the first reason is that I am passionate about photography and film. The clock can keep ticking, but it never feels like work when I am creating. Another reason I want to pursue a creative career is to inspire aspiring POC creatives–specifically in the Southeast Asian community–and female creatives. Personally, diversity has been an issue in the entertainment field for many years. Along with societal pressures and the lack of representation, many young creatives may feel discouraged to pursue a creative career. That is why it is important to see more and more creatives coming from different backgrounds and ethnicities. Diversity allows more perspectives and keeps us open-minded. Accurate representation can break down stereotypes, allows the audience to connect more and just benefit everyone working on/off screen in media.
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.
As a young creator, I am still developing my style. My art primarily focuses on portrait photography and filmmaking. Specifically, it emphasizes creative, fashion, and music genres. I think my passion about storytelling and trying new concepts has driven me to create more. Growing up, I was always inclined to creativity but also was good at science/mathematics. I think my hardest decision was believing in myself and choosing my passion. It was only recently I made the decision to continue with my creativity as a career. As I continue to craft my style, I want to also be an inspiration to young creatives and be someone who is always available to help.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Although I am not a local and actually from Tennessee, I have been to Atlanta a couple times now. It is a beautiful city with many things to do and along with the growing culture for the entertainment field. Some of my favorite places to visit include all the museums and walking around the city. The first time I visited Atlanta with my family, we used to eat a lot at the Global Mall. This past September, I went to Music Midtown and had a blast! I recently explored Piedmont Park and really enjoyed its landscape. I hope to be back soon because I love the city!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There have been three important individuals who I would like to dedicate my shoutout to. First, I would like to obviously thank my mom and dad for giving me continued support and encouragement. Secondly, I would like to thank Late Dr. Kay Joglekar. She was my childhood pediatrician and was one of the first people to believe in my creativity. Sophomore year of high school, she sponsored me to go to a Governor’s School Filmmaking enrichment program. Two weeks before her passing, she saw my short film I created during the program. A month after her passing, I was selected to attend a film festival in NYC. Since then, I have started to take my skills more seriously. Last but not least, I would like to thank Hazze Media and the wonderful talented team I was able to join in August 2020. Through Hazze, I was able to get many opportunities and hands-on experiences in the real industry. Additionally, being able to connect with like-minded individuals has been huge for me! I was able to talk and make friends who have the same passions as me.