Operation Smile

In all of my volunteer experience, I have found that helping others is infinitely more rewarding for the giver than the receiver. We humans are hard wired to help others; we are meant to live collaborative, compassionate lives. It’s what our hearts long to do and we are happiest when we help others. This past Friday, I had the privilege of attending the annual gala for Operation Smile and listening to some of the most selfless and happy people on earth speak. It was touching to hear their stories and stories of now grown adults who were helped by those very people. I was especially inspired by the story of the beggar in China who adopted a cleft lipped little girl he found in a box by a dumpster. He took her around to various hospitals to no avail until he stumbled upon a operation smile flyer. Following the address on the flyer, he brought the little girl there who received a free surgery that forever changed her life. He shared what little resources he had with her and changed her life for good. These people inspire me to be better in every little thing I do, to live for something greater than myself, to help, and to get in touch with my true humanity. I am so grateful for this reminder, this life, and everything I have.

The LandFillharmonic Orchestra

In our youth, we’ve all made makeshift banjos with tissue boxes and rubber bands, but these amazing kids take instrument making with recycled materials to another level. This video shows kids playing cellos and violins made entirely from landfill trash. It’s inspirational, heartwarming, and uplifting :0)

Music is the language of angels.

On that note, I’ve been getting more requests to perform in commercials, short films and live events! I’m very grateful my parents pushed me to learn violin and taught me the value of discipline early on.

Commercials! Cooking shows! Fun!

I learned how to cook… by being on a cooking show! I recently hosted my second episode of Romance of the Three Kitchens, a cooking show that combines Chinese food and storytelling.

Since the latest episode won’t be out until June, here’s my first episode, featuring stir-fried clams with basil. It’s in Chinese, but there are English subtitles :0)

In addition to cooking up a storm, I’m very thankful to have worked on several union, non-union and spec commercials this month! Here are links to a few of them:

Banner Bank

Alloy UI

Thanks for reading and happy spring!

Good news comes in twos!

I just found out that I’ve been put on avail for two SAG commercials! One is a national commercial for a restaurant chain, and the other is for a very well known electronics company. I find out tomorrow if I booked them; fingers crossed!

A big thank you as always to my agent Lisa, who is the hardest working agent in this town, to casting director Danielle Eskinazi, McBride Casting and commercial director Jordan Brady for giving me the opportunity to audition for these great projects.

I am so thankful to all the people who have opened doors for me in my acting career.

“People can open doors. You have to walk through them on your own merit. You earned it.”
-Jordan Brady

I booked one of the projects! Now to hear back regarding the other one 😀

Got in touch with my inner Madonna

…for an audition for Seoul Searching, a feature film set in the 80’s about a group of six Korean high schoolers at summer camp in Korea. Think “The Breakfast Club,” except with Asians 😉

The producers are holding auditions via youtube and having the general public vote on their favorites on Facebook. You can vote here by “liking” the post with my video (it’s the 7th video down!)

Booked two commercials this week!

I can’t say what the first commercial is for just yet… but thank you to Stuart and Miller at Stuart Stone Casting and my incredibly hard working agent Lisa Berman for believing in me and helping me make this happen! I had a blast working on set in the beautiful Pacific Palisades with my director, Doug Pray, and the rest of the crew.

Also thank you to Dan and Hunter at broad-cast for bringing me in consistently and booking me on the commercial for Banner Bank!

This commercial was utter silliness and I had such a blast working with my director, Larry Frey, our awesome representative from Banner Bank, Dianne, and the rest of the cast and crew!

See it here!

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