And singer-songwriter Coaching
As a nonbinary, femme creative of colour, I understand the importance of self-care, genuine connection, collaboration, and guidance for self-actualization. When I started pursuing music and film professionally, I couldn't find (non-predatory) mentors. Maybe it's because I'm perceived as a woman. Maybe it's because I'm Chinese Canadian. Or both, since women of colour directors only make up 8% of competitors at the top 5 international film festivals (LA Times).
I didn't know about the grants that existed, which can finance the world-changing concepts that boiled over in my mind. Or ensuring safety measures for my business meetings with older cis men in the industry.
I utilize a collection of self-care and self-soothing strategies - healthy coping mechanisms - and I can guide you through processing and integrating any trauma you've endured into your art/work.
With my well-rounded experience and BA in psychology, I can personalize the next steps in your career and healing, for you.
*sliding scale for BIPOC
As someone who grew up in an immigrant family, the financial barriers of pursuing acting professionally were daunting. This industry should be transparent, but isn't. I accessed my resources by deepening my relationships with other creatives, paying for coaching, classes and casting director workshops, attending screenings, volunteering at film festivals, and more. I can provide you with the knowledge and hard realities of a working actor at an accessible price. I will answer your questions about auditioning and callbacks, especially during this pandemic, and even craft a career strategy fit for your goals, timeline, and budget: who to shoot with for high-quality headshots, what "types" casting will see you for, which classes supply free audits, which agencies to contact, grant writing to produce your own content - I can personalize this info for you, because you're unique. I want to give you the tools you need to succeed at a fraction of the time it took for me. Now I'm more than just an actor - I write and produce my own films too, manifesting the funds necessary to back it up.
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The work we do originates on ancestral land belonging to Coast Salish Nations, and I acknowledge my settler privilege as an immigrant on stolen land. I promise to prioritize your mental and physical wellbeing, and give you the respect you deserve at all times. I too have survived my darkest days, and now I see my light. Even though healing isn't a straightforward journey, we've survived our worst days, and we can do it all again. Creation and healing have always existed within us: our love for storytelling; our calling to perform; our desire for connection; expressions of joy, sorrow, and anger; leadership and business skills; the will to try again... It's within you.
I offer vocal training, songwriting mentorship, and performance coaching, including trauma-informed consultation to reduce (and even eliminate) the negative effects of anxiety and stage fright. I trained under choral director Jen Williams for 4 years, and studied developmental psychology, social psychology, and neuroscience (among other subfields) at UBC.