If there's anything this long pandemic has exacerbated for me, it's my failing short term memory and my concept of time. Throughout it though, I have been truly blessed laughter, love, great food, and with opportunities to collaborate with artists and community organizers who challenge, nourish, and inspire me. I also have a different perspective on art-making. I'm curious about the ways we can sustain one another without relying on the old systems that continue to exploit and damage us. I look forward to building upon the work of 2021 into this new year.
To keep track for myself, here's some art/theater/creative/organizing work that I've done since May.
Shot a role in the feature film, "Good Egg" directed by longtime collaborator Nicole Gomez Fisher
Starting working with A3's commercial division
Produced the Viet Writers Lab with 6 brilliant Viet playwrights
Reading of Ayla Xuan Chi Sullivan's LAST STOP directed by Renee Yeong, produced by TOSOS + Dennis Corsi + AriDy Nox
Booked a National Commercial for Bush's Beans. Link here
Panel Discussion with NAMI on the impact of COVID and Racism on Asian American Mental Health
Workshop of NERO for Kyoung's Pacific Beat
Callback for a webseries for a high-profile video game
Hiked Cathedral Rock + Sedona
Auditioned in fluent Vietnamese for the John Wick prequel
MC'd for the Viet Film Fest Virtual Launch Party
Partnered with TDF to get 1000 tickets to NYC students to see PlayCo's DJANGO IN PAIN
Shot another scene for the feature film MA'S KITCHEN where I'm the lead
Went on a long trip to Italy where I finally got to visit Venice + Milan. I had this fear that Venice would sink before I ever set foot on it. The weather was perfect, the tourists were few. and the gelato was yearn-worthy. I also became a godmother to a beautiful girl, Sofiya.
I went on my first and last cruise to Mexico. I got to swim with dolphins and swim in cenotes and visited the Mayan ruins.
Reading of COOKING UP by by Shoko Matsumura, directed by Jordana De La Cruz at Japan Society
Workshop Development of HAPPY LIFE by Kathy Ng, directed by Kat Yen at The Hearth
Rehearsals and performances of LOVE LETTERS TO OUR PAST AND FUTURE SELVES
Got a free box of rapid tests from the local testing site