Harry Uy graduated from De La Salle University with a degree in Computer Science. He is my upperclassman and was the person who referred me to one of my first clients. He is the co-founder of Reality Box. They started as an events coverage company focusing on both photography and videography. Now they’ve adapted and are now focusing more on corporate media productions. Most of their recent clients are no longer personal events but rather corporate and marketing materials.
Aside from that, Harry and his wife also started their own line of Korean Chicken called Yum Yum Chicken. As of now, it can be ordered from Lalamove and Grab food.
How important was college to you in this journey of you starting up a reality box?
College is where he met his business partner, Jerry. Aside from that, his college degree is negligible, particularly towards the field itself. But what was important was the training that came along the way.
The discipline that came with learning coding, presenting projects, and interacting with people—that’s what he has kept with him throughout his entrepreneurial journey. Like any subject matter, once you graduate, you have to relearn everything because the topic usually evolves.
It was about the discipline and the social skills that helped Harry Uy reach where he is today.
Would you say that working for other businesses helped you in growing your business to what it is now?
When you’re employed, you learn how they manage their organization. Harry Uy was able to get both good and bad takeaways out of those experiences. However, when it came to the field itself, there wasn’t much that he was able to take.
Harry Uy’s first job was in an IT company which seemed to be the perfect fit for his degree, but his work was more on the clerical side. During that stint, he said that he improved more on his designing skills rather than his coding knowledge.
Why did you start reality box? Why did you go into the Photography and Videography Business? What did you see in this industry and how is it going right now?
Harry Uy says that he somewhat inherited his business from his dad. His father had his own photography studio, but he did not entertain any requests about videography. When the demand for video boomed, his father told Harry to study video so that he could supplement each other.
Harry was 2 years into his IT career before he was tapped by his father. But since he was already fascinated with videography, particularly the post-production process, he went with it.
Fortunately, his business partner was someone that was very interested in photography and so they partnered up and created a separate business. This decision came from his realization that his father’s original market was a very tough crowd.
Harry and Jerry’s partnership is split in half. In terms of operations, Jerry is the one with the final decision. He is the one that makes sure that things run smoothly and that the freelancers that they hire are competent enough for their business.