Guest Starred on Murder In The First

Watch me give the stinkiest of stink eyes to Taye Diggs in Season 3, Episode 9 (Rise of the Phoenix) on TNT’s Murder In The First!

I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to guest star on this awesome show! Thank you Monica Kelly for believing in me and calling me in countless times throughout the past few years – I’m so lucky to have someone like you helping me grow my career. Thank you to Taye Diggs for improvising with me and helping me get genuine tears flowing before each take. Thank you also to my director Allison Anders for giving me time to get there emotionally before each take. It was wonderful working with such kind and talented people and I’m so thankful for the experience.

One of the things I love about acting is that every experience, good or bad, can be applied to one’s performance. That’s the silver lining all us actors/writers/creators can enjoy; when something devastating happens, use it to make great art. For often times the best art is born of pain.

YOMYOMF Short Film

It’s been really cool to see everyone’s YOMYOMF Network Interpretations shorts! There’s so much talent in the Asian American community, and it’s awesome that we have this platform on which to showcase our own work.

One of the things I love about acting is that I get to live out so many different experiences I wouldn’t otherwise get to in my normal day-to-day life. Because I’ve played such a motley assortment of characters, my understanding of the human experience has deepened and become more rich and full. Although I hope I will never have to live through what my character did in this film, it was an enlightening and challenging experience to play a victim turned killer.

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Fun fact: The other actress in the video is my high school friend Alice Wen, who, despite being the same age as me, has played my student in a pilot before 😛

Live Performance at UCB Sunset!

A couple weeks ago, I had the honor of performing in Yellow Fever Improv’s monthly super off Broadway show and showcase some of my original songs 🙂

Here’s an original love song I wrote in college:

This next song is very special to me because it represents my life’s motto: to pursue your dreams without fear. I wrote this song while sitting at my boring (but stable) desk job one day, feeling like my life had no meaning as every day was exactly the same as the one before that. After months of this drudgery, I realized that I could create meaning from within. The circumstances can be exactly the same, but a shift in perspective can catapult your life out of stagnation, out of fear, out of dreariness and then everything changes, slowly but surely. Slowly, my belief in myself pushed me to pursue acting and writing opportunities outside of work and I began to see progress.

Sometimes a friend can motivate the change in your life, but for me it came from within. I hope this song empowers you to break routine, take courage and go after the direction of your dreams – because we only get one beautiful life to live 🙂

Booked my first guest star!

Just when I feel like giving up, God sends me encouragement. 🙂 So grateful to have booked my first guest star! Thank you to everyone who has helped me get to this point in my career – coaches, friends, fellow actors, I owe it to you guys. And for my fellow actors, remember to stay in character and put your blinders on when you’re in the audition room. Nothing matters except the truth of the character.

Can’t reveal what it’s for yet, but here’s a photo from set!

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Tiger Moms!

As much as I hate to admit it, I credit so much of my success today to having a tiger mom. And though she’ll never admit it, my mom was a pretty ferocious tiger mom indeed. Ironically enough, nowadays she scolds me on working too hard 😛

Watch me on NBC Asian America & Jubilee Project’s special on tiger moms.

In all seriousness though, thank you Mom for giving me the opportunities you never had and pushing me to be the best that I can be. You’re my biggest inspiration.

Have you ever had a lunchbox moment?

As immigrants, it was difficult for my parents to find stable work in the early part of their adult lives. Growing up, I attended four different elementary schools in Virginia, Michigan and California, and was often the only Asian person in my class. As the new foreign kid in school, I often got ridiculed or laughed at for what I brought to school, especially when it was smelly, funny looking, or just plain foreign.

I used to try to hide what I was eating, or eat it super quick (that’s probably where I developed my habit of scarfing food down). When I came home from school, I used to complain to my mom about how the kids at school made fun of my lunch. She would tell me to shrug it off, and pack me the exact same thing the next day. In hindsight though, I can see that the lunches she made for me were an expression of love and the desire to pass on our culture, loud and proud.

Thank you NBC Asian America and Jubilee Project for telling our story and letting me be part of this cool video!

Have you ever had carpet and wallpaper? It’s delicious.

(pork sung and seaweed ftw!)

New Headshots by Dana Patrick

I had the honor of shooting with the supremely talented Dana Patrick last weekend. So. Much. Magic. She really knows how to pick wardrobe, evoke performances and has an amazing make up and hair team as well 🙂

In other news, I reached a milestone this pilot season as I got to chemistry test for a TNT pilot. Although I didn’t book it, I’m thankful to have made it to that stage (a first for me!) and to have had the opportunity to work with the director and the other finalists 🙂

I’m finishing up my Animation voiceover class and am grateful to have learned so much from my awesome teacher Dino Andrade including visualization techniques, villainy, accents, improv, human sounds (running, jumping, sneezing, coughing, etc), personifying inanimate objects, placing the character in different parts of my body, and more. I’m really excited to start making my demo and focus on creating kid characters. I have had so much fun bringing little munchkins to life, and can do a spot on impression of Sally Brown!

Journey to the East Premiere

Working on the pilot Journey to the East (a US/China co-production) was an incredible experience because of the amazing atmosphere the cast & crew created – there so much love and warmth on set. I felt free to make my character my own, and thoroughly enjoyed playing the dichotomous sweet teacher/strict disciplinarian (all those years of teaching Sunday School came in handy :P). Working on this project also gave me my first experience in an ADR loop group, and having just taken Voiceover 1 at Kalmenson & Kalmenson, it was cool to put all the principals and skills I learned into play. I’m incredibly excited to see where this pilot goes in both the states and in China and can’t wait to work with all these amazing people again.

Here are some photos from the screening on March 8th at The Garland in North Hollywood!

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Thank you to everyone who came out to support!

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Jeremy Small, best manager in town 🙂

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My fellow voiceover actor Hershey Wingler and myself!

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Aaron Soon, storyboard artist extraordinaire, and myself

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Becca, the talented creator and writer of this super cute show!

Taking flight through the northern lights

I am very proud to say that I have finished my first rhyming children’s book, titled Taking Flight Through The Northern Lights, and will begin submitting to publishers this year! My goal is to have it published by early next year 🙂

I challenge you to dedicate time each week to making your childhood dream come true!


In other news, I just finished a Voiceover 1 class and will be starting Animation 1 at Kalmenson & Kalmenson at the end of February. My favorite character that I’ve voiced so far is a bubbly, sweet can of whip cream! It is incredibly fun to bring inanimate objects to life and give them personalities of their own. If you were an inanimate object, what would you be?

Weebly: the most easy to use, powerful CMS platform of 2016

Weebly is the most easy to use, powerful, and intuitive CMS platform I’ve ever used and it’s already taking 2016 by storm! With a new App center, beautiful original themes, and numerous free new features, Weebly is the CMS platform for non programmers everywhere.

It’s a time of new years resolutions … and new websites! Making a website about something you’re passionate about, providing value to online readers, and making money from it is the best feeling ever. I’m proud to say that I launched my violin website in 2015 and have helped countless parents, teachers and students make violin learning fun with the CMS platform Weebly. Having no coding experience wasn’t a problem because Weebly is intuitive, easy to use, and very powerful.

With easy to use drag and drop options for text, photos, buttons, google adsense and more, beautiful themes, tech support, and stellar analytics, I was able to monetize very quickly. I also know several friends who have built incredibly successful websites with Weebly and make an unthinkable amount of passive income from their websites.

Weebly has just added a cool new “App Center” which is basically an app store for features you can add to your website. With one click, you can do everything from improve your SEO, integrate an online scheduling system, convert your website traffic into leads, create social feeds, offer live chat on your site, create discounted shipping labels, and more! Anything you can imagine, you can make happen on your website. The apps range from free to $120.

I challenge you to dedicate 30 minutes a day, 3 days a week, to making the site you’ve always dreamed of, about whatever you are most passionate about – whether it’s traveling, the environment, fashion, food, programming or music. It’s a new year and anything is possible! Live the life you’ve imagined. 🙂

What are you waiting for? Check out the new Weebly App Center! Weebly App Center

Full disclosure: the posted link is an affiliate link and I will make a tiny portion of the profit if you decide to use their service (like a few cents per person who signs up). Having used WordPress, Drupal and Weebly, I truly love Weebly the most because of the ease of setting up the website and all the resources provided, and would recommend them even if there wasn’t an affiliate program!

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