Who is Vicki Lau?
Award-Winning Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Bodybuilder,
Artist, Technologist, Strategist but above all...
Your Creative Content Collaborator of Choice. ™
Currently based in Austin, Texas, Vicki has worked with many companies and individuals in the film & visual entertainment industry in the United States, contributing massively to growth and positive change in start-ups
or putting in best efforts for final film delivery or corporate change
at larger organizations.
She received many national and international awards and recognition for her passion in visual effects & video production execution, creativity and service; attracting many clients and project offers - even a British High Commission-proposed project for Prince William.
Vicki became eligible for an O-1B visa in January 2014 prior to graduating in May 2014 with an Outstanding Achievement Award and
Summa Cum Laude (highest honours) Bachelor's in Visual Effects from the Savannah College of Art & Design. In March 2019, she was offered an MBA admission (with an entrance award) to University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management but strategically declined after intense deliberation.
At the mere age of 29, Vicki qualified for the EB-1 Einstein visa and the EB-2 National Interest Waiver (NIW), pursuing the EB-2 NIW option as the most practical route. The EB-2 NIW petition has been approved in 2021.
Vicki values work that stimulates the mind - the more challenging the task, the better. With an uncanny ability to read situations from multiple perspectives and a ruthless work ethic, Vicki is highly adaptable and can match the part required for the job.
In her spare time, Vicki bodybuilds, practises golf, reads philosophy, goes dancing & singing, and seeks out new exciting experiences.
Yet Another Book Published
In January 2022, Vicki's 2nd title, "Not Your Starving Artist: Making Money in the Arts," has been published worldwide on Amazon and other relevant bookstores as an ebook and paperback.
Of National Interest to the United States
In September 2021, Vicki was officially approved for the EB-2 National Interest Waiver, a benefit granted to individuals who have exceptional ability and whose work would be of tremendous benefit to the nation of the United States.
Globe-trotting Advocacy for Tech/VFX/VR
Vicki has been invited to and is slated to appear at several virtual conferences/events worldwide for the remainder of 2021 (and upcoming year), making her mark globally as follows:
- TechTogether Boston 2021, USA (September) as a mentor/speaker/panelist
- VFX Summit 2021, India (November) as a speaker/panelist
- One Tech World, UK (April 2022) as a speaker
A Global Woman in Leadership
In August 2021, Vicki was named a global finalist of the She Inspires Awards Women in Leadership category from a competitive global pool of nominees from 18 countries.
Global Winner as a Woman in Tech
In July 2021, after an intense selection process and many months of waiting, Vicki was announced the winner of the WinTrade Global Awards Women in Tech category from a competitive international pool of nominees and finalists.
First Book Published
In mid-May 2021, Vicki's first authored book, "Why I Do VFX: The Untold Truths About Working in Visual Effects," has been published worldwide on Amazon and other relevant bookstores as an ebook, paperback and audiobook (released end of June).
Editor's Choice Award Winner 2021
In May 2021, Vicki was chosen as a winner of the WeAreTheCity Rising Stars Editor's Choice Award. She was subsequently 1 of 10 nominated finalists worldwide for their Rising Stars Global Award for Achievement, as judged by a large panel of accomplished judges from various industries.
Joining 400 Extraordinary Women in an Exclusive Celebration
In November 2020, as 1 of 400 internationally hand-picked women, Vicki was invited to attend an exclusive invitation-only event celebrating the accomplishments of all women in attendance, from all walks of life.
1st-Time Competitive Runner
In September 2019, Vicki completed her first ever 8KM competitive race as part of the Batman Run Series in Singapore, ranking 80 of 239 in the Women's Open.
A Key Note on VR
In November 2018, Vicki spoke at Elliott Masie's Learning 2018 conference on how VR plays into immersive learning and education, additionally delivering a presentation on VR's development and projected potential.
Congrats to a Teacher to Watch!
In June 2018, Vicki's successful impact on Skillshare has caught the attention of Skillshare itself, whose team then selected Vicki to be one of the "Teachers to Watch," an invitation-only Teacher Success Program.
International Contest of Innovation
In September 2017, Vicki's startup had been 1 of the 41 selected out of 900 applicants from all over the world to pitch and compete in the inaugural Slingshot@SWITCH competition - a government and industry-sponsored competition for the world's most innovative technology startups.
Startup Show-Off at Collision 2017
In May 2017, Vicki's startup had been selected to participate in Collision's highly-competitive Alpha program as one of the top 10% of startup applicants selected worldwide, to showcase the startup's prototype.
Career Fair Affairs
Early 2017, Vicki has been contacted for numerous speaking engagements locally and overseas - including a fully-covered trip back to SCAD Savannah's Career Fair 2017 as an alumni speaker for multiple days and sessions.
Approval for Extraordinaires
In May 2016, Vicki was notified of an official approval of her United States O-1 visa for individuals with extraordinary ability and achievement, fulfilling majority of the criteria for nationally-recognized excellence in her field.
Cue, TED Stage Left
In May 2016, Vicki braced the TED stage at TEDxNapaValley along with 11 other selected and esteemed speakers to present an idea related to the theme "Go Figure!" Click on the link to watch her full talk.
Photo credit to Robert McClenahan and TEDxNapaValley.
Taking SMPTE by Storm
In October 2015, Vicki was part of a group of hand-picked presenters who took the stage at this year's SMPTE Annual Technical Conference Symposium featuring VR/AR, where she presented her observations in the new market of live-action VR as one of SMPTE's few youngest female speakers. She was also on the "Is VR a New Art Form?" panel, earlier in the Symposium.
Headway into VR
Since early 2015, Vicki has made headway into the Virtual Reality scene, singlehandedly innovating VR stereoscopic workflow and pipelines using a variety of software for start-up VR Playhouse and making similar contributions in compositing content for VRSE.
Vicki was selected as an awards judge for the 2014 HPA Awards
Visual Effects features and commercials category, judging blockbuster films
such as "Gravity" and "Planet of the Apes 2".
In August 2014, Vicki attended the 2014 Primetime Emmys in support of the visual effects work done on Emmy-nominated episode "30 Days Without an Accident" from "The Walking Dead" Season 4.