“Many claim that the younger generation isn’t competent enough. The main problem is that there’s no one who wants to share knowledge with them.” – Jewel
Some might consider Jewel to be set in her own ways but we consider her a woman of steel! Jewel was gifted her first camera at 18 and she started to explore the wonders of the gadget. Not long after, people started asking her to take their pictures.
“I didn’t take up a photography course because in a way, it limits your skills. I found different people from Penang and we decided to merge our portfolios, move to Kuala Lumpur and work as a team,” says Jewel.
The plan didn’t turn out well, and with limited cash, Jewel had to work in a local photography studio where she gained much of her photography knowledge.
She decided to leave the place as she couldn’t make ends meet. With freelance photography on the side, Jewel worked for Ode to Art, a gallery in Pavilion Kuala Lumpur before starting up Prounited. Through the job at the gallery, Jewel refined her communication skills that have brought her this far.
Coincidentally, the girl I go for yoga with happened to hear about my problem. Jewel then offered to introduce me to Adidas Malaysia, which hired us.” This became the start of Prounited’s success.
Today, besides being the ambassador for Hasselblad, a Swedish camera manufacturer, Jewel also conducts workshops for young, aspiring photographers.
“Many claim that the younger generation isn’t competent enough. The main problem is that there’s no one who wants to share knowledge with them. My studio works as an educational centre. I invite people with different ideas on the arts (calligraphy, painters and even bakers) and educate whoever is willing to learn,” she concludes.
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