My Korean Journey

Cartoon Connection 2015

Cartoon Connection 2015

I was reflecting on my recent trip to Cartoon Connection in Korea.

2007 was the year I went to MIPCOM for the first time. A Japanese American Consultant was very kind to share his frank opinion about our work. He said “David, your work is good. But nothing extraordinary. Walk down to the KOCCA booth (Korean booth). See how fast they have progressed. It’s amazing. Every year, there is something different. Something new. So I went there to take a look. I was totally blown away. I really admire what they have done. I told myself that we must work very hard to improve ourselves.

KOCCA Booth

KOCCA Booth

Since then, I started going to their booth yearly to arrange meetings in hope to build a relation with them. And hopefully we can work together someday. Initially some of them were skeptical about me. Several executives were wondering who is this foreign guy who kept coming to our booth.

Invited as a Speaker at Cartoon Connection Busan in 2012

Invited as a Speaker at Cartoon Connection Busan in 2012

First Singapore Korea Co Production with Electric Circus on G Fighters.

First Singapore Korea Co Production with Electric Circus on G Fighters.

Over time, I have proven myself and has earned their trust. Today we have built such good relationship and friendship with some of their major players in their industry. Dream Defenders is what it is today was a motivation from the first time I went to the KOCCA booth. Working with them has been a valuable learning opportunity for me.

Dream Defenders on Dae Kyo TV Korea

Dream Defenders on Dae Kyo TV Korea

In business and work, friendship matters to me a lot. I believe in treating others with all your heart and sincerity. Though the focus of business is to make money. But integrity and relationships comes above money. Today, I have established such strong relations base on the above principles.

My best friend and like a brother to me. Ralph Son. Founder of Grimm Studios.

My best friend and like a brother to me. Ralph Son. Founder of Grimm Studio.

Over the years, I have learnt so much from them and I am forever grateful. Now I hope that I can give them back from what I have learnt from my own experience in Dream Defenders. By sharing with them what I have learnt in globalisation and my relationships in North America.

VP of SAMG. Harry Yoon. (My Mentor) The man who taught me "In Korea, we shoot then we aim"

VP of SAMG. Harry Yoon. (My Mentor) The man who taught me “In Korea, we shoot then we aim”

This is something I will never forget. “In Korea, we shoot then we aim” That is how fast they move. Thank you my friends in Korea. I will always value and treasure this friendship. 감사합니다

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