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Film Maker Mike Ho: From Homeless to Balling, Going to Prison and God

Directing music videos for the likes of Chris Brown, Dej Loaf, Kid Ink and many more, Mike Ho has seen his ups and he’s also experienced some extreme downs. Starting his career as a photographer taking shots of his brother who was an aspiring reggaeton artist, Ho tells Sway and the crew that others began noticing his work organically. Continuing on shooting for magazines like Complex and Maxim, Ho was still struggling to make ends meet in LA.

He tells Sway that he began losing focus, hitting the club too often and running with the wrong crew. Getting robbed of everything he had, Ho then retaliated, a move that landed him in jail. Opening up he candidly speaks on it being the lowest point in his life. With nearly nothing to show for the work he had done Ho was approached by his brother after getting released from jail. Urging him to find another connection he joined a group called Band of Brothers, within weeks of walking with his new found faith Ho says his equipment was returned and inquiries to shoot were flooding in.

Recently stepping into the production and directing area of movies with Lionsgate and Sony he reveals that although music videos were his first love he’s always wanted to work on projects that told stories on a larger level. Going forward he gives advice to young photographers and videographers. Starting by doing some work for free he says making connections and building relationships is the key to landing more work.

Also landing a spot on Sway, KXNG Crooked and King Tech’s BET show “One Shot” as a mentor for the artists Ho shares his excitement to be working with established legends and young artists coming up in the game. Watch above and head to Mike Ho’s website and Instagram to see more of his work.


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