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Me and My Emmy
June 12, 2017

Me and My Emmy: Chi-Yoon Chung

  • Chi-Yoon Chung with her Emmy and some friends.

    Chi-Yoon Chung with her Emmy and some friends.

    Corey Nickols
  • Chi-Yoon Chung with her Emmy

    Chi-Yoon Chung with her Emmy

    Corey Nickols

Primetime Emmy Tally: One

How She Got the Gold: Outstanding single-camera picture editing for a miniseries or movie, for “The Race Card” episode of FX’s The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (2016).

Now for the Noms: The Emmy win was for her first nomination.

Footlight Fancy: “I wanted to work in theater after college and started out as a dramaturge. I then thought I might like to produce, but the more I talked to people in the industry, the more I realized that editing was the closest thing to dramaturgy that I could get.”

Taking Flight: “I temped at Goldman Sachs at night and interned at an indie film production company during the day. One of the owners of that production company also owned a small postproduction company that rented Avids. I interned there and started assisting for free to learn the ropes.”

Learning to Soar: “Putting the first cut of a show together is a solitary exercise, because I have an idea of what the scene should be. But in the end, editing is a totally collaborative process, because what’s in my head isn’t necessarily what is communicated when people see the cut. I always need feedback to see if what I am doing makes sense.”

In the Wings: “My episode of the O.J. series had race front and center, but in an unexpected way. The episode explored the very different and yet common experiences of two African-American lawyers at the center, Johnnie Cochran [Courtney B. Vance] and Christopher Darden [Sterling K. Brown].”

Sweet Landing: “Winning the Emmy means my mom might be okay with me sticking with this editing thing and not becoming a doctor!”

This article originally appeared in emmy magazine, Issue No. 6, 2017

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