on writing, producing, selftapes & more

As a creative myself, I understand the importance of strategy, collaboration, honesty, and mentorship. When I was younger, I couldn't find mentors for my songwriting and 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 was because I was a woman. Maybe it was 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 important, world-changing concepts that were boiling over in my mind. I didn't know about putting in safety measures for my business meetings with older men in the industry, who actually didn't care about my music or my talent. (If you want to hear more on that, listen to the song I wrote and co-produced titled Community? free on SoundCloud, or buy it on BandCamp.)

With my experience, extensive training, and BA in psychology and English literature, I can help you work your career to the next step.

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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 acting classes and casting director workshops, attending screenings and film festivals, etc.) and learned all I can about the industry, and continue to do so. I want to provide other marginalized people the knowledge I have now as a working actor at an accessible price (sliding scale available). 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. 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. And if you're looking for coaching for your self-tape or audition, our first session is free on me.

Whether it's writing your first song or album, guided vocal training, advice for first-time directors, coaching for self-tapes, social media strategy and branding, or if you need somebody trustworthy and knowledgeable to bounce ideas off of, I can help you.

I promise to always be honest, and I'll always put your mental well-being first. Because I've been through the darkest times, and now I see my light. It's always existed within us - our love for creation, storytelling prowess, performance and stage presence, expressions of joy and sorrow, writing at 3 in the morning (we'll work that kink out), aesthetic curation, leadership skills... It's within you.

©2020 by Sunny Chen.

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