Your boy’s BACK! Catch me as Nhan (among other characters) in the American Conservatory Theater’s Poor Yella Rednecks: Vietgone 2 by Qui Nguyen and directed by Jaime Casteñeda. We have an incredible cast including Christine Jamlig, Jenny Nguyen Nelson, Hyunmin Rhee and Jomar Tagatac with wonderstudies Ben Chau-Chiu, Amanda Le Nguyen, and Jed Persario. We’ll be at ACT’s Strand Theater from March 30 – May 7. Hope to see you there!
The Co-Founder on Realm
I had to privilege to work on Realm’s fictional narrative podcast The Co-Founder which dropped its first episode today!
Two young start-up founders, both women of color, are on the brink of losing their company; a fate they narrowly avoid thanks to a hairbrained scheme to have their neighborhood barista— a white dude, of course— pretend to be the third founder in order to raise money. But when the barista reveals he has a scheme of his own to keep the company in his clutches, hijinks and hilarity ensue.
I play Lee and a variety of other characters throughout the series (see if you can recognize them all). It was my first experience recording in this format and I cannot wait to do more! Thank you to director Kailynn West and the folks at Realm and KMR!
A California Christmas 2: City Lights
2021 didn’t start out with a bang, but with a boot – literally. We were still sheltering-in-place and I was recovering from achilles repair surgery. I was required to wear an oversized boot to protect my ankle and moved around the apartment using a knee scooter. On the rare occasion that we’d venture outside, I clumsily navigated the world on crutches. It would take a few more months before I would actually walk again sans aides.
Side Note: I’ve always been an advocate for accessibility, but that experience really opened my eyes to just how inaccessible so many public spaces are. Let’s do better, please!
At the same time, live theater had shut down and no one knew when it would return. For someone whose career centered on working the regional stages, it felt like career purgatory not knowing what was next for theater. Fortunately, my incredible agents at JE Talent helped me expand into screen and voice over work. One audition they sent me on was for a project simply titled CITY LIGHTS. Little did I know it was the sequel to the wildly popular holiday movie A CALIFORNIA CHRISTMAS that was #1 on Netflix for a period in 2020.
I was ecstatic to book it and had an incredible experience shooting in Petaluma and San Francisco. The cast and crew were a dream, especially real life wife-husband team Lauren and Josh Swickard (Callie and Joseph), Laura James (Victoria), and the coolest cat behind the camera director Shaun Paul Piccinino.
With such a difficult start to 2021, I never imagined ending this year checking three things off my dream list with one project:
1. Making my feature film debut;
2. Making a Christmas movie;
3. Being on NETFLIX!
My intention as a performer is to bring joy to the world. I hope this movie will bring that to your life this holiday season.
Prisoner in My Homeland Wins Japan Prize
Congratulations to the Mission US: Prisoner in My Homeland team for winning the prestigious Japan Prize in the Digital Media Division!
Special shout out to Michelle Chen who brought me in to voice Tadashi. What an honor it was to work on this important, educational project. Learn more about Mission US: Prisoner in My Homeland here.
California Community Colleges Campaign
Check out the spots I recorded for the California Community Colleges campaign! I come in with the tag announce around the :20 marks:
Thank you so much to my awesome agents at JE Talent, California Community Colleges, and the production team at Avocado and Coconuts!