Robin Chan

Privett ‘95

What are you currently doing professionally?
I am working on film productions in Vancouver as an Independent Producer. I’ve been doing that since my early 20s. My last film was a horror film called “The Hollow Child” and I just finished shooting a time-travel comedy this year. To balance that (and to make money), I work in property management.
What achievement(s) are you most proud of?
Right now, learning to cook well over 100 meals since the start of the pandemic.
How do you define success?
Success to me is creating enough value and momentum in the work that you love to do, so that you can continue doing it without worrying financially. That is not easy in filmmaking. There are a lot of things along the way that look like successes but end up leading nowhere.
What motivates you to get out of bed every morning?
Having another day to learn something new or work on things that challenge me creatively.
What was the last new thing you tried?
 I’m currently trying to learn enough about basic electronic components to make a 1980s drum machine.
Specific skill(s) you developed at Brentwood that you use to this day?
I learned to be independent. Leaving home at age thirteen to live in a shared dorm room does that to you. Also, how to cross-multiply proportions in math class.
Favourite Brentwood Teacher(s):
John Allpress
Because he took the time to tell you he believed in you.
Do you have a favorite quote or mantra?
“Nothing lasts…But nothing is lost. Everything is changing into something else.” – Terence McKenna
If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
The lack of Asian representation in North American media, in front of and behind the camera, has always been an important cause for me. It is important to have role-models that look like you. I recently spent five years in a role with the Vancouver Asian Film Festival to try to do my part.
What’s next for you?
Half of me wants to take more risks as I get older and the other half wants to simplify things as much as possible. I’m uncertain which part of me will win when we get to the other side of the pandemic.
One piece of advice for current Brentwood students?
Don’t discount trade schools like BCIT or Ryerson. There are many paths and short-cuts to finish a 4-year degree after a 2-year technical diploma and you will have more job-ready skills afterwards. I went back to BCIT after getting my university degree. I wish I did it the other way around.

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