Actress | Martial Artist | Writer | Producer
I could say being cast as a munchkin in my elementary school’s production of The Wizard of Oz sparked my interest, but growing up I realized that my passion for acting is rooted in something far deeper than that. My parents were refugees from the Vietnam war and in order to take a chance on life they had to rebuild theirs from scratch. I didn’t grow up with much, but my parents always made sure we had enough. My career is actually a love letter to them. They sacrificed their dreams so that I can pursue mine. To this day I wonder what their biggest dreams were and if they had the head start they gave me, how far would they be now? I’m pursuing my passion to its fullest because it would be an absolute insult to their struggle if I didn't.
Outside of acting, I practice martial arts and I had the honor of competing in the Ontario Winter Games. I am also a crafter, an avid runner, and a vicious Magic the Gathering (MTG) player. To keep grounded, humble, and work through my anxiety, I turn to meditation. I am also passionate about rescuing animals and hopes to one day open my own animal sanctuary.
What were the biggest initial hurdles and how did you overcome them?
The biggest hurdle is finding the courage to take up space. Rules are meant to be broken and the greatest innovators are those that are brave enough to think outside the box and own it. It’s definitely easier said than done. I will say the best way to get there is to have YOUR people. People who inspire you, uplift you and support you. No one makes it in this industry alone.
What advice would you give to an upcoming youth or talents locally and internationally?
Young talent please please PLEASE go and live your life. Go through your highest high, lowest lows and moments of being okay. Your life is your best teacher the rest is just technical.