Storytelling school

The mission behind Solon Quinn’s creativity and passion for storytelling

SYRACUSE, NY (WSYR-TV) – May is Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month and NewsChannel 9 is honoring members of the AAPI community who are making a difference here in central New York.

This week on “Asian Americans Standing Strong,” NewsChannel 9 features Solon Quinn.

From an early age, Solon knew he wanted to be a filmmaker.

“I’ve always loved movies. This is why I exist. That’s why this company exists. We wanted to get into film. I’ve wanted to make movies since I was in first grade. It’s my thing. I have always loved them.

SOLON QUINN, FOUNDER/ DIRECTOR, SOLON QUINN STUDIOS

Solon turned this dream into reality. After high school, he went to study cinema at the School of Visual Arts.

In 2008, he established his company, Solon Quinn Studios, headquartered in Syracuse.

At first, his business was primarily a video production company, but has since evolved into a full-service creative digital marketing agency.

Solon Quinn Studios has created content for every Central New York hospital, local colleges and universities, Destiny USA, InterFaith Works of CNY, Vera House, and more.

The mission behind creativity?

I think our mission is, first and foremost, to be authentic, and then with that authenticity, to surround ourselves with people and values ​​about human beings that align. I don’t need people to be of the same thing other than the same energy, to want the good, to want the truth, to want to create meaningful change, and most importantly, to they come from love. If not, you can do and believe all the good things in the world and do all the bad things to get there.

SOLON QUINN, FOUNDER/ DIRECTOR, SOLON QUINN STUDIOS

Solon was adopted from Seoul, South Korea, when he was just one year old. He says many aspects of the Asian American adoptee have been wonderful.

“When you adopt someone, I think it’s one of the most loving things you can do. In the lottery of life, in many ways, I feel like I won this lottery.

SOLON QUINN, FOUNDER/ DIRECTOR, SOLON QUINN STUDIOS

However, there were challenges along the way for Solon.

If you were to look at it from an Asian male perspective, we’re dealing with this need to be more, to have something about ourselves that is more, and without that more, you’re just a guy Asian. As for some of the issues that I faced growing up, I want young Asian children not to deal with because those left unfortunate imprints on me that affect me to this day, but working on these things and having love in my life and the support that I have from family and friends, I think that’s all you can ask for.

SOLON QUINN, FOUNDER/ DIRECTOR, SOLON QUINN STUDIOS

Solon also has a passion for storytelling through still photography. You can even see him wandering around Salt City with a professional camera in hand.

With every photo he takes, Solon focuses on inclusion and highlights diversity.

“I love meeting different people. I love different cultures,” Solon explained. “I also love highlighting and showing the world things about people and their belief systems and cultures that are not necessarily seen often or that people have very strong misconceptions about.”

Solon works extensively on the North Side of Syracuse and with the Muslim community at Syracuse University.

“We have an extremely diverse population if you want to engage in different parts of the city, in different communities that ultimately make up our one big community. It’s been a real gift,” Solon said.

Solon says his company is moving towards longer-form documentary work. One day, he hopes he and his team can create narrative films for streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon.

“My only hope is to never grow this business to such a degree that I can’t feel everyone’s heartbeat.”

SOLON QUINN, FOUNDER/ DIRECTOR, SOLON QUINN STUDIOS

Learn more about Solon Quinn Studios by clicking here. You can also check out more Solon photography here.