The best part of the holidays is spending time with the ones you love. Sending you Christmas cheer with an original music video to one of my favorite songs, L.O.V.E. by Nat King Cole 🙂 Just a fun, super spontaneous video for the holidays with an extra side of cheesiness!
Thank you Erin Wu for inspiring and co-producing with me, Gene Nagata for the sparkling cinematography, Jerwyn Tiu for your unbelievably suave dancing and Philip Haro for your sultry voice and skillful guitar and ukulele playing. Merry Christmas and happy hohoholidays!
I had an awesome time collaborating with bona fide dancers Erin Wu and Jerwyn Tiu, and UCLA spring sing soloist Philip Haro this weekend on this cute little love story. A big thank you to Gene Nagata for doing such a fantabulous job shooting it!
…and my dream finally came true! Last week I worked with Dean Fleischer-Camp and Jenny Slate of Marcel The Shell With Shoes On fame on a Disney short. Can’t post any details yet but I’ll keep you all updated!
In other news, today I played Snow White in the Star Wars Musical, written by George Shaw and directed by Jeffrey Gee Chin. It was such a blast working with everyone on such a fun concept!
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.
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.