Seed&Spark Success!

It has been a whirlwind of a month. Actually, I think it's been almost a whole month since I finished campaigning for our feature. It still feels like it was only yesterday we completed our 30 day campaign. I think that's my body telling me STOP DOING TOO MANY THINGS! I've been trying really hard to stay focused and work on this rewrite but, I'm easily distracted, I'm doing so many other things I shouldn't be doing like watching reruns, playing games on my phone (I just got unlimited data, it's life changing) and traveling. I am so grateful for all my friends and family who supported the story and helped us reach our goal. It was awesome reconnecting with old friends and making new friends. It really feels amazing to have that support.

After being a potato on my couch, I went back to San Francisco a week ago. I can't tell you how happy I was. I haven't been that happy in a long time. I mean, I'm generally happy here in LA, but like, soul happy. I went there last year and fell in love, and man, I fell harder this time. I loved that I could easily take the BART from Berkeley (where I was staying) to the city. I loved that it was cold and hot all in the same day. I loved walking everywhere. I got to catch up with some old friends from college who I haven't seen in over 4 years, and it was great being able to pick up where we left off. I got to get to know one of my friends from USC better and even come up with another film to make together. This trip made me feel like I could be honest with myself and others. It's been a while since I felt like I could do that. I think a lot of it is because of work and having to have a particular demeanor. I don't know. I'm really looking forward to going back. I've been thinking a lot of VR and AR projects... Maybe I'll end up there some day! Would be amazing!

Now that we've gotten a good chunk of money for our feature, I'll be narrowing down some locations in Maryland, and locking in some dates! I've been in a weird funky state and need to clear my head, get new perspectives. I'll probably be traveling to New York and Boston to visit a few more friends and maybe, just maaaybbe even catch the 4th of July spectacular in Nashville. They're supposed to have the best fireworks display in the country! I really want to get blown away by fireworks...they're my favorite :) 


Being in the filmmaking industry means wake up, and hit the ground running. Every day.

I've been incredibly lucky these past few months being hired as an Assistant Line Producer for an ABC Pilot. I thought I was going to spend my year freelancing as I continued to develop my feature, but so glad I was given this opportunity to work in the real world environment. It is my first time working in the office, and not on set - but when we were in production, man was I more in my comfort zone. I learned a lot about scheduling, logistics, interacted with new people in departments I've never had to interact with before. It was eye opening! And the cast and crew were amazing! We all worked well together and I think it made the experience so much more enjoyable.

In the middle of prep for this pilot, I was still producing the Proof of Concept for my feature. I'm so excited to share it to people I've met along the way in my career. I got to screen it to my family and close friends back home over the weekend, and it was amazing to hear them react to the film. It makes me feel like I'm doing something right. If anything, I'm doing something right :) I was also floored to see how many people from different stages of my life still have my back, and supported the film. I had my band teacher from middle school, friends from high school, college, and from LA. I had friends I grew up with, and aunts and uncles who raised me - all in one place at the same time. It's a type of happiness I've never experienced before.

It's been a whirlwind of a year - sprinting to make things happen for this film. We're launching our Seed&Spark campaign soon! I can't believe it's already April!!


Thanksgiving is my absolute favorite holiday. You get to cook and eat a lot of food, have a huge gathering of your loved ones, and play Christmas music before the stress of buying Christmas presents. And you get to eat a lot of food! Did I mention the food part already?

In all seriousness, I am thankful for a lot of things from this year. Thankful for good health, family, friends, and the traveling. Sure there have been downers in the year, but I think there has been more positive things in my life that can help with some healing. I'm incredibly thankful for my graduate career at USC. During school, like many other institutions, there's a lot of competition, stress, and self doubt. There's also the feeling of "is this investment worth it?" or "am I really getting a bang for my buck?" Even being out of school, those questions always come up. So what was the point? It comes back to the self doubt. Now that there is no daily routine, it's hard to see how far you've progressed and grown. 

It’s good that you’re scared. It means you’re doing something right. So do it.

As much as it might have felt like a "bad investment" during school and times when I feel completely lost, it's times like these when I remember how lucky I am. I'm from Maryland, had no connections to the film and TV industry, knew I had to take a leap, and here I am shadowing one of the best multi-cam directors in the business on a show that I love. I wouldn't be here if it weren't for USC and working my butt off to learn from the best of the best. Equipment and resources aside, I learned how to tell a story from the top people in the industry, and I'm continuing to do so. I'm proud of it, and I'm thankful for it. I love this world that I've grown into, and I am excited everyday I go to work. I hope one day I'll be able to pay it forward to a fellow Trojan, and have them shadow me on a show or a film. Without USC, I wouldn't be where I am today.

It's scary not knowing what the next step is, and easy going back to self doubt and the "did I make a huge mistake?" and running home. But hopefully my experiences, this blog, the people I've met, will remind me not to fall back into the dark. Because the scary part isn't what is behind you. The scary part is the path not paved in front of you. And from the words of the incredible Stephen Flick, "It's good that you're scared. It means you're doing something right. So do it." 

Television Academy Foundation Directing Internship

There has been so much going on these past couple of months, I'm not even sure how detailed I can be! All I can say is that it's weird not having to go back to school this Fall. I've also been going though a really tough time with some personal things, and have lost my way here an there. I'm trying to reflect and remember everything that has been really great to me this summer! I have truly been lucky, and have to remember that and forget the negative stuff.

In July, I started my internship with the Television Academy Foundation. As the Directing Intern, I got to shadow directors from different television shows. My first internship was with the folks at Jimmy Kimmel Live! These people are incredible. I've never experienced unscripted television before. They create content the minute they enter the office, they rehearse the material, then Jimmy goes on stage and they record it. At the end of the day, it airs on TV! I got to shadow the director in the control room, and it was like magic. It felt a lot like calling a show for theatre. I learned so much following the Stage Managers, the AD, the TD, meeting writers, field producers, art department. It was such a wonderful place to be with such talented and generous people.

After Jimmy, I went to shadow on NCIS, a favorite of my family back home. Again, such an incredible welcoming family to walk in to. It was great getting to work with a script again, and follow characters and learn about how NCIS works as a production team. I got to sit in on many meetings during pre-production, and got to chat more with the director about what he was thinking during meetings, and his process. It was also great to bounce some ideas with him, and some he took, and some helped him solidify thoughts that he had before. Watching everyone work at a professional level was incredible to say the least. Everyone was an expert at their job and it was like clock work. I really enjoyed my time there getting to know the cast and crew.

My last host was Grey's Anatomy! I had watched this show religiously until about season 8 when I couldn't keep up. Now it's on season 13! I had to catch up on where our characters went, and how they grew up. This was a different experience in that I was following a director that was also an executive producer of the show. It was cool to see the short hand between him and the rest of the team. I took this episode more seriously, in that I did all the homework: overheads, shot lists, story board clips, blocking. I'd give the director some ideas if he asked, some which he took, some which he said, that's a great idea - the possibilities are endless. This experience made me really want to get back into directing. And soon! I'm so happy to have had the opportunity to meet the people I've met along the way, and hopefully it won't be the last!

After the back-to-back productions, I ran away to Yosemite. I just needed to get away from the big city and remember who I am, and become one with the earth. Haha! It was gorgeous. I didn't have a lot of time to stay, so next time I hope to take a longer trip and hike over night...and not get eaten by bears or mountain lions! More exciting stuff is happening this month!! Hopefully, it all goes well!


Phew, it's been 3 months since my last post and so much has happened! 

Big news: I GRADUATED FROM USC!!!!!! After 3 crazy years, I did it.

This was saved as a draft that I was supposed to post in May:


Grateful for the opportunity
Grateful for the people I've met
Thankful for the friends who pulled through
Thankful for the journey the world put me on.


I think I wanted to write something better....but then I forgot. HA

I am incredibly happy. I honestly wouldn't change my experience at school for anything. Being back home now, it's so amazing how my life would be different if I stayed in theatre. If I continued to be a Set Designer, Projection Designer, Stage Manager and/or Production Manager, my life would be so different! I'm sure I'd love whatever I ended up doing, but I learned SO MUCH and I'm so happy with the people I met and the work that I've done. Going to school is a huge investment and commitment, and I'm glad I did it.

Mango is still doing very well. I got my DVD from Spiritual Cinema last month, and they featured me in their pamphlet! My face is on a DVD cover of many subscribers with GaiamTV and Spiritual Cinema. It's crazy! I'm pretty sure our run on their Video On Demand is over, but it was so awesome to have distribution for our short film! Exciting stuff!

Diana and I also went to the Sacramento Asian Pacific Film Festival in May. It was very inspiring! They had a panel of amazing filmmakers who talked about the Asian community rising up and representing our cultures in a true light. It was really moving. I got to see more films and meet more people, and even hang out with fellow Trojan James Kwon Lee! Sacramento was really good to us. Really chill vibes. Our lead actor Christopher Park took home Best Male Performance at the festival too! So proud!!

Also, the thesis film I was producing finished principal photography! Such a huge weight off my shoulders. I learned a lot being a Producer and being my director's second eyes. It was really straining, and I could feel the two responsibilities pull me at moments. At one side is the Producer, wanting to make sure that all the logistics are set, that the relationships of everyone on the crew, cast, location owners, residents, faculty, etc were all happy and working. Then the other side which is a director solving problems creatively to get something really great in time my director was acting on screen, but also reminding myself that I am not the director, and she has to make the final say. It was confusing at times, but I think the trust between us really helped those boundaries. Sometimes it would confuse other crew members, but I think my director and I made sure that it was clear that she had final say. I really learned a lot in that type of position.

Now that I've graduated, I've realized I haven't seen much of the world. I've been in school since I was 6 years old, and I didn't stop. I didn't even stop during the summers! Always working and learning. I guess I'm addicted to learning... That sounded lame. Haha! I'm now looking for opportunities to travel, see the world, and get a new perspective in life. I really want to break out of this bubble I have. I went to San Francisco for the first time last week, and it was a freaking blast! No real plans set, just knew that we had to head up north. I saw the sun set in new colors, I saw the stars shine in the darkest of light. I need to see more!