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:
LAST WEEK OF SCHOOL FOREVER
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!