Checking in with Mount Royal Alumni: Brian Wong
Your name, program and year of graduation at MRU
Brian Wong, Interior Design, 1997
You career path
After landing my first full job in multimedia, I was able to pave myself a broadcasting career in which I captured some of the most amazing experiences with OMNI Television, CBC Radio and Fairchild Media. Currently, I work for Calgary Public Library as the Multimedia Content Creator.
What three words describe your student experience at MRU?
Wonder, Aspire, Eye-opening
What was the most important course you took at MRU and why?
Architectural Drafting. Planning for a set of working drawings is similar to planning for a career or a life when you are in the real world. The process acknowledges excellence, realizes patience and forgives failure. I was very lucky to have strong mentoring from inspiring individuals (instructors and classmates). They are like family members to me.
How have you invested in your community after MRU?
My ESL teacher once told me, start reading things in English that interest you so you could find learning the second language much easier. I applied the same rationale when it comes to community participation. My jumping-off point was to follow my passion in sports, so I obtained a license as a soccer referee. My compassion for my culture extends to the Chinese community, where I took on a leadership role to help organize major events such as Chinatown Street Festival for over a decade.
What is the best piece of advice you received at MRU that helped prepare you for your career?
Everyone is gifted in society. Never discount yourself by imperfection. Always be humble to embrace others' views. Master your skill sets so you would one day become an expert in an area.
What is your claim to fame?
My passion in film making was revealed over the years. I was lucky to have opportunities to cover many major events such as the Royal Visit and interview amazing people like magician David Copperfield and former Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Recently, I founded Tic Tac Toe Creative Studio, a team of creative individuals whose goal is to preserve a piece of cultural fabric in Canada. Moreover, one of our documentaries won an award at the Feel Foreign Film Contest.
What do you miss most about being a student?
The freedom of pacing yourself but not being laid back. I actually quite missed those all-nighters I pulled in the studio on 3rd Floor (yes, trust me!).