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Q&A WITH MICHAEL SUEOKA
1. Please give a brief description of your business and services provided.
We are the Los Angeles based design agency known as Suey Creative. We specialize in everything from branding, web design, key art, ux design, packaging, motion graphics, online banners and web development. Suey prides itself in executing tailored solutions in any medium to meet the needs of our clients. Our mission is simple and honest - we want to make you :)
2. How did you get started?
It started in college. I ran a rugby club and a fraternity (non-profits) at the same time. I did very well and grew both organizations and received recognition. This was a real learning experience on how organizations work, how to deal with all kinds of people, and how to deal with outside parties (vendors, advisors, contractors, etc.).
I didn't know at the time, but a couple years after graduation I looked back and said "Hey, I successfully ran two non-profits, were I had to ask people to give me money so they could participate in what I was doing (playing rugby / joining a fraternity). I think I can do this again with another company and now provide an actual service."
Suey Creative acted as the Creative Directors for Kevin Hart's Laugh at My Pain movie. It hit over 90 markets in the US, hit a Top 10 Box office Debut, and was one of the most successful independent movie releases of it's kind.
3. Why is Downtown LA, Little Tokyo, and the Arts District community important to you?
Downtown LA is important to me because I believe it is the future of Los Angeles. There is so much potential and so much growth going on. You can feel the vibe that Downtown LA and the surrounding areas are giving off - it's awesome! Plus, I'm culturally tied to Little Tokyo (addicted to ramen and spam musubi).
Downtown LA also has so much diversity and creativity. One week Shepard Fairey is DJing a book launch in downtown and the next week the founder of Atari has an open house in the Arts District...the best part it's free and open to the public!
4. As an entrepreneur / business owner, what advice can you give for success to our entrepreneurs?
The first advice I give is to simply start. Everybody has a good idea, few people actually start, and fewer actually execute. One additional piece of advice that was given to me by a successful business man is that "you can never run a business simply by the numbers." A business is so much more.
5. Name one thing interesting / quirky about you and/or your business.
Suey Creative was the only US company ever contracted by the largest production company in China, the Huayi Brothers(at the time). We were working on a secret project to help them get funding from the Chinese government to build a massive amusement park....they got funded :)
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