I remember watching a Jackie Chan movie when I was a kid and telling myself I’d one day be acting in a movie with him! However, this thought of being an actress completely faded as I got to my high school years. Growing up while exposed to a more conventional view in regards to success, I believed that acting wasn’t something I could truly pursue.
Thus, acting was never part of the plan. But years later, after having underwent a heart surgery in 2010, while on my journey to self-disovery I fell in love with self expression, and Acting eventually became that main vehicle.
Ever since I discovered my passion for acting in 2014 after taking a workshop in Florida, I dove into my first Intro & improv classes in MTL, and by 2015 I packed my bags to LA to do a 3 month intensive training at the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute. There, I learned the “Art of Acting”. In turn, I was inspired to act from the heart, not only in my scenes but to explore that in real life. What’s dope about Acting is that it makes you want to be vulnerable – it can open you up to a whole new world.
And ever since then, I was determined to make acting my focus, whether it is through creating my own film projects, collaborating on short films, attending workshops with LA casting directors such as Seth Yanklewitz, Matthew Barry, and acting coach Margie Haber in NY, and Matt Newton for Cold Reading recently. Although my TV credits so far include “FATAL VOWS” and most recently “The Detectives 2” I am blessed to have experienced roles in indie films where I had the opportunity to dive deep into character. The short film “CES GENS DU PAYS” for one, brought me back to my Asian roots, and helped me understand the history behind my culture. In addition , the short film “AUDREY”, was one where I got to embody a strong female role as an assassin who battles her inner demons. It was then that I knew I was drawn to intricate and deep characters. Perhaps, because through it, my empathy for humanity deepens. Also, this was a gig where I truly got to experience the best of both worlds: to experience her depth and kick ass at the same time.
Although I feel like a late bloomer, I believe we create our own opportunities. Whether it’s growing through life experience which in turn helps you in your acting, or working on your craft via different workshops, or simply, creating your own film productions with roles and stories you connect with on a personal level.
Lastly, the roles that I’m drawn to most, are characters of great depth. Roles, that challenge me to grow as an artist and individual.
Having only scraped the surface of this industry, I am appreciating the journey acting offers me.
Ultimately, I strive to be a vehicle in the stories that transcend humanity.
Why I do acting? Because Acting inspires me to To embrace the darker parts of who I am. It inspires me to “Be Here Now”.
Here are my acting demo reels of 2018 (new ones soon to come). I’ve learned that there is no such thing as perfection – Only progress, and that every year is a new adventure, filled with many more challenges as an individual and in this case, as an actress – to be able to discover parts of yourself within each character you get the opportunity to embody.
The Local People Short Film (8 MINS)
After appearing in a number of festivals worldwide, here’s the “Local People” short film, to which I was blessed to have a supporting role and the opportunity to act in Vietnamese for the first time! In brief, it’s based on a true story about an immigrant woman who fled her country during the Vietnam war. Trapped in gentrification, she is now faced with an imminent eviction.