And Coaching

As a creative and nonbinary person of colour, I understand the importance of self-care, genuine connection, collaboration, and guidance. When I started pursuing art professionally, I couldn't find non-predatory mentors for my music career, and nobody in the film/TV industry wanted to expand on my ambitions to write, direct, and produce inclusive, pivotal content. 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).

And I didn't know about the grants that existed, which can finance the world-changing concepts that boiled over in my mind. Or putting in safety measures for my business meetings with older men in the industry. (If you want to hear more about my early experiences, listen to Community? on SoundCloud/Bandcamp.) I utilize a collection of self-care and self-soothing strategies (healthy coping mechanisms), and I can guide you through processing and harnessing the trauma you've endured.

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

& your first self-tape coaching is free

Our Sessions are

strictly Confidential

As someone who grew up in a low-income immigrant family, the financial barriers of pursuing acting professionally were daunting. This industry should be transparent, but it isn't. I accessed my resources (by deepening my relationships with other creatives, paying for coaching, classes and casting director workshops, attending screenings and volunteering at film festivals, etc.) and continue to absorb all I can about the film industry. I want to provide you the knowledge I have now as a working actor at an accessible price (sliding scale rates available for Black, Indigenous, and people of colour). I want to answer your questions about auditioning and callbacks, especially during this pandemic, and personalize a career strategy fit for your goals - whether it's starting out in film/TV after commercial experience or pursuing voice acting. Where to get affordable, high quality headshots, what "types" casting will see you for, which classes supply free audits, which agencies to contact, which side hustles to lock down, and more - I can personalize all this info for you, because you're unique. I want to give you the tools you need to succeed as a working actor, at a fraction of the time and money it took for me. And now I'm more than just an actor - I write, direct and produce my own media too, and can obtain the funds necessary to back it up. Plus, if you require self-tape coaching, our first 20 minutes is free on me.

For Actors

The work we do originates on ancestral land belonging to XʷMəθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wúɁmesh, and Səl̓ilwətaɁɬ nations, and I acknowledge my privileged presence as an uninvited guest. As a comrade in the liberation of queer, trans, Black, Indigenous, and people of colour, I promise to prioritize your mental and physical wellbeing, and give you the respect you deserve at all times. Because I too have survived the darkest days, and now I see my light. Even though healing isn't a straight upwards journey, we've survived our worst days, and we can do it all again. Creation and healing have always existed within us - through our love for storytelling, our calling to perform, our desire for connection, expressions of joy and sorrow, writing until early morning, aesthetic curation, leadership skills, the mastery of healing... It's within you.

Whether it's consulting for filmmakers and songwriters, self-tape coaching, personalizing your acting career strategy, trauma-informed wellness coaching, or if you need to discuss mental wellbeing with someone trustworthy, openminded, and knowledgeable in the creative field, I'm here for you.

Let's connect virtually

Photo: Brandon Pomeroy-Cohen

©2021 by Sunny Chen.

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