My dad once said…”You have 3 choices. You can either be a doctor, a lawyer, or…a failure.”
I didn’t like any of them. So I wrote in my own answer to that multiple choice question.
I spent 2 days struggling to write my acceptance speech for one of the biggest achievement awards of my life. But…just a couple minutes before I stepped on stage, I ripped it up. I decided to speak from the heart.
To be honored with the Digital Influencer Award in front of so many people I respect and admire – directors, actors, writers, authors, singers, and fellow creators I’ve watched for so many years – my body was shaking, my heart was racing, but my soul was flying.
Choosing to follow my passion was scary. I tried to ignore it, but as the days passed on, my heart became more hollow, more fragile, and more lost. I wanted badly to make my parents happy, but I didn’t know how it would be possible if I wanted to be fulfilled too. There were times I even thought of ending it all…
Eventually, my soul couldn’t take it anymore…so I took a risk…on myself, on my family, and on my future. I dropped out of Organic Chemistry, sabotaged my perfect Pre-Med record, and followed my heart to where I am today.
If you grew up Asian American, you’ve probably heard this story. Maybe you ARE this story. Perhaps you’re still trying to figure out YOUR story.
My parents gave me an extremely rough time growing up, but I owe it to them for igniting this INTENSE fire inside me. Their blockades taught me how to FIGHT HARD for what I wanted. We still have a lot to work through, but I love them so much for helping me become the woman I am today.
Thank you Kore Asian Media for this incredible honor and for bringing together so many inspiring people in our community for a moment to stop, dress up real fancy, and celebrate! Thank you to my fellow creators for your genuine friendship and enthusiastic support. And thank you to YOU GUYS, my POPsters – you are the reason why I’m living my actual dream. THANK YOU.
2018, what a year.
This is my vlog from Unforgettable Gala 2018! People featured in this video:
Lauren Young, makeup artist: https://www.instagram.com/laurencrucifix/
Sam Livits, da hubs: https://www.instagram.com/samlivits/
Kevin Kwan, author of Crazy Rich Asians: https://www.instagram.com/kevinkwanbooks
Philip Wang of Wong Fu Productions: https://www.youtube.com/user/WongFuProductions
Jason Chen: https://www.youtube.com/user/miniachilles
Jen Chae, Frmheadtotoe: https://www.youtube.com/user/frmheadtotoe/
Sam Tsui: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheSamTsui
Casey Breves: https://www.youtube.com/user/CaseyBrevesMusic
Debra Messing: https://www.instagram.com/therealdebramessing
Jon M Chu, Director of Crazy Rich Asians: https://www.instagram.com/jonmchu/
Sir George The Magnificent: https://www.instagram.com/sirgeorgethemagnificent/
Here is where I get all of my music! Epidemic Sound: https://goo.gl/Nj4ZMg
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