Meet Bulli Sot a photographer with a background in multimedia arts. He’s only 23 but already runs his own production company called Jaya Production. He’s definitely a force to be reckoned with! Not only does he work hard, he’s a sweet soul who donates a portion of his proceeds to help stop human trafficking, a plague that has ravaged our country and put innocent women and children at risk. He’s currently working on a showcase in his hometown of Oakland, CA. So if you’re in the area, make sure to show him some love!
“My name is Bulli Sot, the life I chose I’ve learned from the time when I was young. I learn how to be a leader and not a follower. People call me different, but I didn’t care because I see the future I want. When I started to get better I had my respect in the streets and even in college. A lot of people doubted me because I was a Cambodian male trying to make it here in the states, I finished my degree and now I have a freelance business that dealing with art.
I want to build a professional portfolio that extends from Urban, High Fashion, to Vixen. So far I am thankful to work with a few good modes like Justene Jaro and planning to work with more professional models. My goal is to build my skills in the vision of the camera and study light so I can step up my plate to work in films.” – Bulli
Are you a 100% Cambodian? If not, what else?
Bulli: A little bit my great grandma is mix with French.
Where were you born and where do you reside?
Bulli: I was born in long beach up in Cherry St. and move to West Oakland in 1989.. And after that lived in the Deep East of Oakland, for 12 years and now residing somewhere in Oakland =)
It’s hard for us Khmers here in the Bay Area to come up and I want to be one of the first male Khmers to be educated and bring us Bay Area Khmers up on the map!
When did you know that you wanted to be a photographer and Multimedia Artist?
Bulli: Well I never had the money to buy a Camera or a fast PC. So I had to start from something small like a point and shoot camera. When I started college to get my Adobe Photoshop skills ready to build I then saved up and I finally got myself a SLR in 2009. I always wanted to be an artist from the day I walked the earth.
What is your favorite Khmer dish?
Bulli: I like a lot…. I like Beef, I don’t know what was the dish was up in Long beach but the beef Khmer dish was off the hook!
Do you remember the first photograph that you took that made you wanting to pursue photography on a professional level? What was the photo of?
Bulli: Well for Photography the first time I believe I was tight when I photographed my ex.. She had the body and the looks.. that’s when I believe I was started off with my career in portraits and started to do a lot of urban shoots. But I also love landscape but I noticed that taking photos of the sunrise was simple, so I wanted to do crazy stuff like a water fall instead!
Are there any famous photographer(s) work you admire?
Bulli: A few in Sok Khmer and “Markus Klinko“ his work is the best I’ve ever seen!
What are your future goals in photography?
Bulli: Well one day I wish my work will be in magazines and around the world.. So far I do get hits around the world and I continue to do that. And my goal in photography is to work with Angelina jolie. I will also release books and showcase my work and 10% will go to donation for Stop Sex Traffic in Cambodia.
What advice would you give to others who are looking to get into the same profession?
Bulli: Well, don’t listen to people when they say “anyone can be a photographer” I hear this all the time and it makes me mad! To be different, you’ve got to keep it real and make it a career, not just a passion or hobby. I make money off doing what I love; for example, anyone can make coffee but it takes balls for someone to open up a coffee shop.
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Originally Posted by Tyan Y.
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