At the beginning, it took me literally five hours to edit a two-minute cooking video for Twitter, because I would have so much footage and hadn’t really figured out the ins and outs of editing yet. Looking back, it was absolutely brutal. It takes about 30 minutes to edit a cooking video now, but I think I can still do better. I think editing is just about repetition and practice. What I still struggle with until this day, though, is the voiceover. I absolutely dread doing the voiceover, because whenever I do them, my voice automatically switches to a customer service type of tone. I don’t know why I do that, and it pisses me off.
The source of inspiration can be anything from a friend’s Instagram story, a YouTube video, or food-related subreddits. Once I find a picture of a food that I want to try, I’ll usually just search the name and find the recipe with the most promising amount of reviews. From that point, I’ll buy the ingredients, make the food, and record as I go. My favorite recipe I’ve ever made would probably be the birria tacos video that I just put out. I like Mexican food a lot, because I grew up in a predominately Asian and Mexican community.
“Parsley” [Newt’s signature sign-off] has a couple different meanings. First, I saw a Tweet from this girl saying “People put parsley on everything, and think they’re a chef.” So naturally, I started putting parsley on everything. But as time progressed, the word parsley has become a lot more meaningful to me. When I make my dishes, some of them turn out looking great, and some turn out looking like I just took it out of the trash can. However, both dishes will be topped with parsley. What’s the connection? In our lives, some days are good and some days are bad. But things will eventually get better when you add a bit of “parsley.” For me, parsley has become a positive word that forces me to have a better outlook on life, and it can either be applied (literally) in cooking, or in different parts of your life. That’s my poetic way of viewing it. Or it can just be an herb that you can find at the grocery store.