The Heroine’s Journey of Solene Chan-Lam

What is the best thing that I love about my work? 
Working with nice people, constantly learning and improving my sense of aesthetic within the film industry.
What is my idea of perfect happiness? 
Enjoy the chances given to me.

Solene Chan-Lam Showreel 2018 from Solène Chan-Lam on Vimeo.

What is my greatest fear? 
The boredom, which technically never happens to me.
What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? 
Low self-esteem, but I am working on it.
Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? 
Professional computer artists with complementary skills than mine inspire me a lot as I’m driven by the team effort as a whole. My art is also deeply inspired by technology and technicality of others.
What is my greatest extravagance? 
When it comes to work, I am sharp and professional, and as a person I can be quite ridiculous.
On what occasion would I lie? 
Everyday I look at myself in the mirror and think I am not ‘that old’.
What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? 
Constant competition and ego show-off within the visual effects industry which leads to unethical behavior.
When and where was I the happiest, in my work? 
Right now, working at Weta Digital as a Lead texture artist in Wellington, New Zealand.
If I could, what would I change about myself? 
Nothing, I would just evolve like I do everyday.
What is my greatest achievement in work?
My evolution from young age until now, and so on. I am proud of contributing to blockbusters movies, creating digital creatures and assets and enjoy illustration work in parallel.
Where would I most like to live?
Anywhere with my partner. I like to travel and discover things.
What is my most treasured possession?
My empathy and altruism.
What is my most marked characteristic?
My natural silver hair is my most unique marked characteristic being 33 years old.
What is my most inspirational location, in my city?
I’ve been moving so much for work, Paris, London, Wellington in New Zealand, that I don’t really have a city of mine. My favourite would be any place with nice and enjoyable people.
What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city?
I like change, so it’d be a different place each time. I like any kind of food and as a french/chinese person, I of course am a foodie.
What books influenced my life and how?
Artbooks of various traditional painters and artists. Patterns and vintage fashion books. I also am influenced by short novels and children books as the storytelling are a bit random as I am. It inspires me as I find myself in this randomness and rainbow of colors.
Who are my favorite writers?
Pierre Gripari, children books writer, because his non-sense stories are genius. Recipes books writers, because food is important. I don’t have a particular favourite writer, but my hobby is to borrow books from others to get into their subject of interest, to basically get to know them better.
You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?
‘You don’t have a clue’ from Royksopp which is the happiest electro song to me.
Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?
Ursula from little mermaid. She may be a vilain, but I like the way she is just herself and unique. In that she is my hero.
Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?
My mum, dad and sisters… and cat.
Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime?
American beauty, because the storytelling, direction, photography and soundtrack are art.
What role plays art in my life and work?
Art influences the way I think, dress up, and my mood when listening to music. Pretty much everything.
Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?
My family and my partner.
Whom would I like to work with in 2019?
Anyone who is happy to collaborate and is as enthusiastic as me.
Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2019?
Old collegues, mentors and leads who shared me their knowledge, people I’ve worked with and never met in real life, and anyone else, I love meeting new people.
What project, in 2019, am I looking forward to work on?
Cool movies, I wish I could tell you, but I can’t for confidentiality matters.
Where can you see me or my work in 2019?
my Demoreel showing my work:
What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me?
That I see beauty everywhere in every single thing at anytime, for as long as I’m alive.
Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story?
Victoria Alonso, Marvel film producer. Girls from
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