“I was kind of a latchkey kid,” he explained, “My parents worked a lot so I’d get home from school and watch TV. Movies kind of made the impossible seem real.”
Scott Kim knew from a very young age that he wanted to be a filmmaker. Having grown up in New Jersey with two working parents, he spent a lot of time alone with his television set. “I loved the underdog stories like Rocky, where the odds were stacked against them to get to their dream.”
Kim applied this indomitable attitude toward his own life, as he earned his Bachelor’s from Ramapo College of New Jersey and shortly thereafter joined the U.S. Army.
In the Army, Kim was a Public Affairs Specialist, which he describes as “basically a journalist.” He wrote stories and took photos both for the Armed Forces Network newspaper and for American media companies such as CNN. “It was cool. We were basically the pubic relations for civilian media. Some of our events aired on national television and radio.”
However, Kim’s love for storytelling was not to be confined to journalism alone. Upon leaving the Army, he used his G.I. bill to attend the Los Angeles Film School, where his lifelong dream of filmmaking became a reality.
“I used to read comic books as a little kid, and now you have comic books being made into films. It was exactly what I’d always wanted.”
At school, Kim worked hard to define his strengths and hone his skills in the filmmaking medium of storytelling. This experience led him to many Production Assistant jobs post-graduation.
However, as many artists in Los Angeles tend to find, gathering investments for your film budget can be difficult. Kim found a way around this by funding one of his short films with a crowdfunding website called “Kickstarter.”
Not only was his campaign successful, but there was also a certain level of artistic camaraderie on crowdfunding sites. He helped to support the artistic efforts of his cohorts, and they supported him in return.
While Kim currently works for the IT department at Creative Artists Agency, he still manages to produce and direct films and commercials in his spare time. He is a firm believer that crowdfunding sites are a great gateway for struggling artists.
“At the end of watching a movie you kind of ride that high where anything is possible,” explained Kim. “Despite recent scams, I think crowdfunding sites are a great tool for independent artists.”
“At the end of a movie you kind of ride that high where anything is possible,” Kim said, “Crowdfunding sites allow that to happen for LA audiences.”