Every month 100state likes to recognize the great efforts that our members go through to grow their business and improve the 100state community. April’s Member of the Month goes to Ting-Li Lin of Snowforest.  Ting-Li has been a big help in building our presence online with our most recent virtual tour, which you can see here. He has also done the most recent pictures of our leadership team. We greatly appreciate his efforts for helping us, and we also appreciate his constant hustle. You can learn more about him below, and his company Snowforest here.

What is your current occupation?

I’m a co-founder and principal photographer at Snowforest, a company that provides photo and video services with a focus on architecture, interior, and virtual tours. We do studio productions as well as providing fine art prints. I’m also a senior statistician at Nexcyon Pharmaceuticals. This is just to answer the question. It does not reflect what I do every day though.

What is a project you are working on?
I’m working with Dane Arts Mural Arts (DAMA) to document the mural arts in Dane county. There will mainly be still images of all the mural arts, and if possible, we will make a video to promote these arts and artists.

Why do you work out of a coworking space?

I was looking for alternatives to my home studio or coffee shops. A coworking space seems to be a perfect solution.

Why 100state?

It was recommended by some people. After I visited the space and talked to Brent, I know this is THE place. Not only is it a coworking space, it’s also a community full of people passionate about what they do. More importantly, I bet you can’t find another place where people appreciate arts like those at 100state.

What are your personal goals?

One of my goals is to make more arts, be it photo, video, or music. I want to create something that is not only meaningful to me but also provides value to the community. I’d be very happy if I know I have the freedom to do what I love every morning when I wake up. So, in other words, to be a financially successful artist.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

In five years, I see myself having built a solid foundation for Snowforest to go to the next step, which I would not reveal until 5 years from now.

What is your biggest strength?

My biggest strength is to learn new skills quickly and be able to do it professionally in a short period of time.

What obstacles have you faced trying to reach your goals and how have you overcome them?

Limited time and lack of new ideas are always the biggest obstacles I have faced or have been facing. To overcome them, this is what I do. For things I know how to do, I try to do them more efficiently. At first I might spend more time on improving my skills. But at the end, when I can do them more efficiently, I would have time to do other things I haven’t been able to master. For most, if not all, artists, running out of ideas can be desperate. So when that happens to me, I would look at other artists’ work, hoping to get some inspirations. When I accumulate enough “inputs,” I may be able to come out something new.

When has your perseverance paid off for you?

When a new piece of art has been created, or when a problem has been solved beautifully.