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The Man Behind the Lens: Studioworks Founder, Ken-Hong Mack

photo credit – Carolyn K. Correia (c) 2015.

KEN-HONG MACK followed the beacon to his dream and founded Studioworks Limited in 2003 at an important crossroads in his life. Guided by his instincts and astute business acumen, he was able to attract all the right people and situations to his business at all the right times.

Ken-Hong prides himself as a self-made man and remembers the words of his father growing up, “whatever you are doing, do it to the best of your ability.” Ten years later, his company still stands strong and is the result of hard work, passion and commitment to those ideals.

With a combination of flawless customer service; the right team and the continuous practice of building meaningful relationships during and after each transaction, the name Studioworks Limited has remained on the lips of countless customers as a trademark for excellence and quality in all spheres of business.

He has photographed several local and regional personalities including business moguls, politicians, beauty queens, attorneys, entertainers, athletes and more.

Studioworks Limited is solution driven and its greatest assets are listening, empathy, emotional intelligence, patience and due diligence. These are the guiding principles of founder Ken-Hong Mack.

STUDIOWORKS GIVES YOU THE WORKS!

Imagine a single resource for all your branding needs … Imagine stepping into Studioworks Limited and having this wish come true.

Conveniently situated in the quiet town of Cascade, just on the outskirts of Port-of-Spain with lots of parking, is a production house that offers a plethora of services catering to your every occasion.

From weddings and portraits to corporate, commercial, industrial and aerial photography, Studioworks Limited has transitioned from the dark room to digital; still photography to videography and digital imaging services including banners, signage, creative, graphic designs, memorabilia and printing works.

With over 25 years experience in photographic and videographic services throughout Trinidad and Tobago, the Caribbean and South America, Studioworks Limited the SW team captured their clients’ milestones from graduation, throughout their careers, to the boardroom and even political office.

On the interpersonal side, those memorable moments were captured and brought to life at their clients’ weddings, anniversaries, pregnancies and the birthday celebrations of their children and grandchildren. Now those memories lie immortalized in time.

photo credit – Carolyn K. Correia (c) 2015

At Studioworks Limited, every customer is king/queen and no job is ever too great or too small. From aerial photography in helicopters, to capturing your children’s first steps while riding at the back of a jeep, Studioworks Limited got you covered!

 One-stop shopping ensuring full service that meets your needs
 A memorable customer experience that is second to none
 Consistently warm and friendly staff where you always feel welcomed

 

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From Fashion to Fruition: Dreams Do Come True!

Trinbagonian Lynette Austin graced the cover of Essence Magazine twice!

This article was first published on The Caribbean Current.

It is the dream of many little girls to grow up and walk the fashion runways of Paris and New York…

For one little girl her dream came true.

Now as an adult and a returning national of Trinidad and Tobago, Lynette Austin can proudly say that she fulfilled her ambitions as a direct result of migrating to the United States as a teenager with her mother.

She vividly recalls as a Standard 3 pupil answering with a unique passion and purpose, when asked by her teacher what she wanted to be when she grew up,

“My reply was a model and all the children in the class laughed at me. Today I have accomplished my goal after planting the seeds from that tender age,” Austin declares with satisfaction.

Returning to the land of her birth, Lynette has a burning ambition to ‘pay it forward’ to talented Trinbagonians interested in carving their own path in the international arena.

Lynette has begun exploring the opportunity of hosting a local television show where she can motivate and inspire young talented models and entertainers to excel internationally with her connections. She hosted beauty pageants for teens and young girls and spends most of her time as a make-up artist and hair stylist for adults.

Sitting across from me in the quiet coffee shop, Austin shows me her portfolio of photos that propelled her career to stardom. During which time, the former beauty contestant (Miss T&T/Miss World/Miss Photogenic) also accomplished the following milestones:

  • Cover model of Essence Magazine (twice),
  • Cover Model of Fashion Magazine (Paris, France),
  • Won a 10-year professional modelling contract with Carson Products, creators of Dark & Lovely where she competed against 60 other girls in the US.

How it all began…

“It all began when my aunts had fashion shows and asked me to model as a child. My grandmother was a seamstress, so everyone always wanted me to be a flower girl at their wedding. This is where I got my first taste of fashion and modelling,” she recalls with a smile.

For Austin this did not come without hard work.

“I remember waking up at 4 am, getting on the subway and sliding my photos (over a thousand composite cards) under the doors of several advertising agencies.

In this way, my picture would be the first one they saw when they opened their door as they arrive to work.”

She explains that after this process she returned home to wait on a call and soon the phones did in fact start ringing.

“I worked with two or three agencies at a time, whether it was for runway (boutiques) or private fashion shows at showrooms such as Bob Mackie or pret-a-porter – (individual showrooms) at the Jacob Javits Center.”

Austin worked with top international designers

  • Calvin Klein,
  • Willi Smith and Jeffrey Beene of Parson’s School of Design Fashion Show.
  • Paris designers such as Kenzo, Nathalie Garcon, Patrick Kelly and Frank-Joseph Bastille when she worked in France for one year doing magazine editorials.

This was not the genesis for Austin.

Modelling was in the stars for Austin for a long time

Hard work indeed pays off

“I remember getting off the subway and people would give me their business cards to model in their shows. Then one day a co-worker at the bank was stunned by my height when I ascended from my cubicle. 

She introduced me to Reggie Wells who is a well-known make-up artist that works with celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey and the rest as they say is history,” she shares.

She was a natural and Wells introduced her to agents where she followed up to ensure that her photos got into the right hands.

It was the advice of her mother (now deceased) that led her to pursue a degree in Marketing Communications from Berkeley College (NY) and later a certificate in Fashion from NYC’s Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT).

The passionate island girl did not stop there and soon became a NYC licensed real estate agent, a profession she still practices today back home. In NY she held positions at the bank and local law firms and did her modelling on the side until it blossomed into a full time career.

Lynette Austin: The savvy business woman

In 1995 she launched her line of Lynette Austin Cosmetics which lasted until the events of 9/11 when sales started to decline. She also operated two beauty salons in Brooklyn and Chaguanas for a few years, until business slowed and she was forced to close.

Above all, here is this ‘Trini-to-the-bone’ girl’s wish for TnT …

After living abroad for many years, our daughter of the soil says TnT will always feel like home to her. Her advice on adapting to life here is this:

“The pace is definitely different. I realized people seem to be going in slow motion: simple transactions at the banks and supermarkets take an hour when it shouldn’t.

Customer Service is also another area we need to work on because it makes the consumer feel unimportant as if they are begging when they are paying their hard earned dollars.

The roads have improved over the years, but there are too many open drains and it hurts my heart to see children leaping over them on their way to and from school. 

There’s also a lot of land in San Fernando especially, that can be used for the construction of hotels, airports and even an Olympic sized stadium.

My advice is that if each citizen do their very best and occupy their time:

Whether it’s plumbing, electrical or some other form of entrepreneurship – to be productive, ambitious, learn as much as they can, so as to explore their dreams instead of blaming each government and making excuses. 

Then we can truly, collectively make T&T a much better place to live peacefully and happily.”

You may be asking what is the formula to Austin’s success.

“I always sit and talk to myself in front of the mirror. I talk to myself when I am angry and when I am sad. I compartmentalize different areas of my life to always find that balance to stay focused on my goals.”

For more info email: lyntt_stn@yahoo.com.

Lyn squared! 😉

This article was first published on The Caribbean Current magazine on April 21, 2017. I met Lynette 2 years ago and we immediately hit it off. I am proud to share her remarkable story on my site.

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