Spotlight on…Jason Cheung

Date: August 11, 2015

What impact has United Way and Emerging Leaders United had on your life?
United Way and ELU have impacted the development of my personal and professional growth. Emerging Leaders United arrived in my life right when I began to explore my passion for filmography and the art of storytelling. The support from United Way and ELU leadership and fellow ELU committee members has fostered my professional work and social giving.

Where do you work and what is your role?
My work is my passion for filmmaking. I am a storyteller, a designer, an editor and a producer. I help my clients articulate their aspirations and make their visions into viewable realities. I serve as both a business developer and technician. I am fully in charge of the process that begins with my clients’ ideas.

What was the first ELU event you attended?
The music video launch party at the Maryland Science Center, where the video for Tray Chaney debuted. It was a great feeling knowing that I had the support and trust of ELU to produce my first music video. The opportunity to collaborate with ELU and contribute to a great cause has been tremendous.

What is one book you think everyone should read?
The E-Myth by Michael Gerber. It’s aimed to help aspiring business owners understand the risks and considerations of starting on your own company. However, as a filmmaker, I highly encourage everyone to appreciate movies and the art of video storytelling.

I can’t live without my….
…running shoes. Having competed as a runner throughout high school, the discipline and endurance of running has helped me through both good and bad times.

Who has been an inspiration to you?
My father. He has worked hard to provide the opportunities I have today and I am fortunate. Filming my father in a short video story has been one of my most rewarding productions.

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