Close Up Interview with Thai Videographer (Nate) Narongchai Sathanderm

Tell us a little about yourself and what you do. 

My name is Narongchai Sathanderm. I’m Thai independent videographer and video editor based in Chiang Mai, Thailand.  I specialise in creating high-quality online videos that help people share their unique messages with the world and as the same time stand out from their competitors.

Who (or what) inspires you to do what you love in your business?

Freddie Wong and Brandon Laatsch inspire me to do what I love, these two guys are making videos on the internet . They are co-founders of  Their videos on Youtube have 6,595,931 subscribers and 914,443,265 views! So incredible.

Where do you get your inspiration from when you work? 

My work is about making videos so I often go online and watch a lot of videos from Youtube and Vimeo to get ideas and inspirations.

What are the five words that people who know you would use to describe you? 

I’m friendly, flexible, and patient.

Tell us about your very first job and what path have you taken since then?

My very first job was working part time as a video editor  in Bangkok for two years.  I can say that I got into video-making field by starting with video editing. After that I fell in love with making videos and since then I am always trying to find different ways to make  great videos and I am still learning everyday.

What do you love about your work? 

I’m enjoy  working and collaborating with interesting people that I connected with.

Tell us about your process for working with clients? 

If you are interested in working with me , you just email me,

Please let me know what kind of video you want and brief me what you want to have in your video. You can also give me footages or photos that you would like to include in the video. We will then discuss in details and plan out  the steps in how we can achieve the video you are looking.

What is your biggest frustration? 

English is my second language, therefore language barrier is my biggest frustration. I know it is very important for me to understanding what the clients want, their expectations of me and what they would like to see on their videos.

Tell us about how you prioritise your work. 

Every project is important to me and I schedule my work accordingly to the deadline of each project. In terms of working process:

  1. Let my clients do their scripts first.
  2. Find a good location to film.
  3. Edit the footage.
  4. Review the video with my clients.

How do you connect with other artists, and your customers (i.e. how do you network)? 

Most of my clients now are from friends’ referrals. People who like my works and know what I can do to help will refer clients to me. I’m not sure how to say in English but I have heard that it’s called “viral marketing”.  I know that I’m not good  with social networking and marketing that why I need  a business coach to coach me how and to take my business to the next level.

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What advice can you offer other creative people who are just starting out and following their passions?

When you are determined to get somewhere in your life, no matter what is it, don’t give up.

No one can stop you!

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What dreams do you still want to achieve or fulfil in your life?

I want to create and produce online videos, televisions, films and documentaries that entertain and educate people.

What is your proudest moment so far? 

I have a background as a monk before getting to what I am doing today. I’m very proud of it. It gave me the principle of life and how to see the world.

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Who do you most want to meet and why?

I want to meet Freddie Wong and Brandon Laatsch.  I want to thank them in person and let them know how much I have been inspired by their works  and now I’ve found what I really love to do. They  have inspired me to get to where I am today.

What is the most important lesson in life that you have learned?

I was born in a very strict family so my parents always try to force me to do things that they think I should do and should be doing. They want me to have a steady and secure job.  I did try but I was not happy, I didn’t like it at all. So I quit that job to become a freelancer.  It seems like my dream come true. It all sounds great – and it is, but freelancing full-time is not easy to do. There are so many things that I did not  expect before, things like… I  have to work alone (a lot), I have to hold myself accountable,  I need to build self-discipline, I have to deal with clients, I have to learn the negotiation skill, I mustn’t let emotions take over me, and  many more.

Do you have a book you would like to recommend?

There are two books that I would like to recommend – Jonathan Livingston Seagull, written by Richard Bach, and What They Don’t Teach You At Film School, written by Camille Landau and Tiare White.

Where do we find your work and service? 

You can find my work  here.




Vinh Van Lam
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Vinh Van Lam, co-founder of ArtSHINE, is a visionary art coach and entrepreneur with a passion for fostering creativity. With a diverse background in art and business, he brings a unique perspective to empower emerging artists, enabling them to thrive in the dynamic art industry through the innovative platform of ArtSHINE.

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