thought patterns

They determine the path of your life.

I am incredibly grateful to have had the chance to co-star on ABC Family’s Switched At Birth. I am grateful to all the people who’ve helped me get to this point, including my roommates, my teachers, my agent, manager, friends and casting directors, and also to God for putting me these people in my life and giving me this opportunity. This is a small first step towards realizing my dream of becoming a series regular on a successful network TV show!

I was struck by how kind everyone on set was. Katie Leclerc, who plays Daphne Vasquez, is quite possibly the nicest actress I’ve ever met. I had so much fun laughing and joking around with her and my other cast mates in between takes up until the second the director yelled, “Action!” I thought it was so cool that Katie hung out with us when the crew was setting up for the other shots and made the effort to get to know us, even though my fellow cast mates and I were just co-stars. What an amazing cast and crew with such positive energy – there was so much joy the whole day!

I play a mother (for the 4th time in my life… is this my niche? :P) on the season 4 finale of Switched At Birth. But… my part only airs if the show gets picked up for another season, so please watch the show on TV or on the ABC Family website within 3 days after air date and tell all your friends! Thank you friends for your support!

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My own trailer!

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The nicest actresses you’ll ever meet – Vanessa Marano and Katie Leclerc, who play Bay Kennish and Daphne Vasquez, respectively.

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Hanging out with script supervisor Linda Leifer in video village.

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My adorable son!

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Can you guess where we are? 😉

Pushed to the limit

A few months ago I got to be part of an AFI film about a lonely girl who finds friendship in the most unlikely of places… only to lose it again. It was wonderful working with such a professional crew and learning to express my pain and anger on cue.

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On that note, my acting teacher Robert D’Vanzo has really been pushing me by giving me roles I’ve never played before. Last week, I did a scene from The Break Up with Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn, where I play an extremely fed up wife who explodes on her husband. I had to really give it to him, and yell and challenge from my gut. This was difficult for me, given that I usually play the goofy flirt or bubbly best friend. The other scene I performed was from a one act play called The Gift Box, which is about two sisters who have a longstanding resentment between each other. I played the eldest sister, pregnant at 8 months, marrying a man who I didn’t love for so that I could feel secure and save face. The little sister oddly resembled someone close in my life – she never had money and was always asking me for it, while accusing me of never working a day in my life and just using men to get by. It was really wonderful to be so connected to my scene partner. We navigated the stormy waters of our relationship with fake smiles and fronts and little innuendos that exploded into word pistols meant to kill. It was the first time that my teacher actually gave me praise during class and I was voted most improved and best actor 🙂

Now to harness that for every class! I found that working on personalization, prior history, and transferring that onto my scene partner really helped.

Acting is so much more than merely performing and putting on a show – it’s about being connected to your character, to the other characters, understanding the human condition and living it. It’s really the most difficult thing I’ve ever had to try (besides scuba diving!).

Speaking of scuba diving, my friends and I got certified this past weekend! I think it’s important to do one thing that scares you every month-ish, and its important to live life and expand your horizons. I tend to scold myself whenever I’m not working, but as I’ve grown older I’ve found that life is best lived with balance. While acting and my career are of tantamount importance to me, so are new experiences, my family and friends.

Anyway, going back to the topic of scuba diving, it was probably one of the scariest things I’ve ever tried. When I first started, I couldn’t get over the fact that I was breathing underwater. It not only felt foreign, it felt wrong. At one point, during the regulator retrieval skill test, I panicked and tried to race to the top because I couldn’t find my regulator. Thankfully, my instructor was a baus and gave me his regulator until I calmed down. After a lot of encouragement and reassurance, I was able to breath normally and slowly again.

Whether you succeed or fail in life is very much dependent on your attitude. When I chose to believe that scuba was scary, I panicked and doubted myself and felt like I couldn’t breath. However, when I chose to focus on the beautiful fish around me, the cool looking crab, the beautiful nature around me, I forgot that I was even breathing underwater and started to really enjoy the experience. Of course, there were still difficult moments. When ascending and waiting for your turn to exit the stairs, one has to endure the violent tossing and turning of waves and nausea, but I found a trick for that too – stick your head down into the water until you absolutely have to come up.

What I’ve learned in the past few weeks is that deliberate practice is the most effective way to improve a skill. As defined in the book “Talent is Overrated” by Geoff Colvin, deliberate practice is practicing a skill that’s just outside your comfort zone but still within reach, until you master it, and repeating that process.

I challenge you to deliberately practice the thing you want to get better at!

Will Ferrell crashed our wedding… and we ended up in GQ UK!

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Look mom, I’m in the April 2015 issue of GQ UK with Will Ferrell! 😀

So here’s what happened:

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It was a lovely Thursday afternoon, and I had eyes only for my groom, Leonard.*

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The soft rays of the sun reflecting off his crisp white shirt, the sounds of birds chirping in the air, and the gentle wafts of sweet floral scents made the day seem all too peaceful.

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BECAUSE IT WAS!! Photobomber alert at 9 o clock.

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Armed with confetti!

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Does anyone know who he is?! I heard he goes by the name Ron Burgundy.

*Leonard Kim is not my real husband. He is single and ready to mingle, ladies! 😉

See Will Ferrell photobomb other fun events in the April 2015 Issue of British GQ.

Images from video:

Photography and videos created for the April 2015 Issue of British GQ, featuring Will Ferrell by Lacey of Flower Ave Productions, Gavin Bond and British GQ.

BEHIND THE SCENES PHOTOS!

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Someone made a funny!

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The other dress we were thinking about using (aka my senior prom dress) =P

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Bridesmaid, groom, and I looking fly with the coolest comedian in town.

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Will Ferrell!! He’s actually very soft spoken and kind in person. Our portion of the shoot was at a retirement home and at least 17 different old ladies came up to him requesting photos. He never said no and made each of them feel special 🙂 Although he’d already had a full day of shooting and was visibly tired, after the shoot he spent 30 minutes taking pics with all the crew and cast members, even taking multiple silly pics with people. Super nice guy!

Britain’s GQ Print Shoot, Edison SoCal and Arla milk Commercial Shoots

November has been an exciting month! I started out the month with a photoshoot with a very funny American celebrity for Britain’s GQ Magazine. I can’t reveal his identity until the issue comes out (April 2015), but for now, I’ll leave you with some behind the scenes photos!

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The following week, I was cast in an Edison SoCal print shoot where I got to get my profesh look on. Baby you can trust me, I’m a professional 😉

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This past week I played a mom (!! am I getting old?!) to an adorable four-year old girl for a milk commercial for the China market. It was so fun working with this mischievous little girl.

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As Tinseltown gets ready to ring in the holidays with all the glitz and glam that only Hollywood can, may you find love, peace and joy all around. Good tidings to you, and all whom you love!

Photoshoot with Model Mayhem Photographers Michel Roy and Chris Alves

It’s really a special feeling to work with a photographer who understands you and is able to both capture you as you are, and push you creatively to try new things. I had the honor of working with Michel Roy and Chris Alves last week in a beautiful studio in Sherman Oaks. Michel and Chris both captured moments that I absolutely love! All images below are untouched.

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Music to soothe the soul

Lately, I’ve been going through a lot of emotions: excitement, happiness and hope, but also disappointment, hurt and sadness. When I get lost in the craziness of the world, I write music to soothe my soul. I’ve written a bunch of songs in the last month, and here’s my latest little tune.

Hope you enjoy it! Please leave a comment on my YouTube page! 🙂

My awkward 20-something life: Friendzoned

Your 20’s are an awkward time… especially when it comes to dating. “My awkward 20-something life” is a web series about the struggles of dating, transitioning to adulthood, and chasing your dreams during your twenties, written by and starring yours truly.

P.S. This episode is totally not based on my life.
P.P.S. Leave a comment on the video if you want to share an anecdote from your own awkward 20-something life, and I might just make a video about it next! 😀

Star Wars Disney Musical!

I had so much fun playing Snow White in the all new Star Wars Musical, created by George Shaw! It’s a fan film that collides the worlds of Disney and Star Wars into a musical, shot entirely on green screen with multi-planer hand painted backdrops in Disney animated tradition.

Since its release just yesterday, it has received publicity in Yahoo News, Entertainment Weekly, Angry Asian Man, Cinema Blend, Slash News and more… and is already at 20,000 views! I am so thankful I got to be part of such a fun and cool project. Congrats to the amazing film makers George Shaw and Jeffrey Gee Chin!

Let the filmmakers know in the YouTube comments if you want to see more of Snow White! 😉

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