Q: What’s your zodiac sign? What’s the best part about being that sign?
A: I'm a Scorpio. I think we have an intensity that makes us so passionate about what we do. I love that I have a very strong intuition. I can feel what's right and I always trust that. It's like having my own little superpower.
Q: What are your goals for 2023?
A: I feel a lot more free to express myself this year, and feel very comfortable being authentically me. My goal is to use that confidence in my work. Sing more. Dance more. Have more fun. Do things for me that I have loved my entire life. I like being present without an exact plan. I allow things to unfold naturally and easily.
Q: What makes you excited to wake up in the morning?
A: I’m always very excited to start each day fresh and brand new. It's a chance for me to do better and see things in a more positive light. I have my coffee or matcha, and always do my 5 minute chanting of "nam myoho renge kyo." It's something my Chinese grandma, my mother, cousins, and aunts and uncles would chant every morning and evening. It's a Buddhist chant that has allowed me to believe in myself and overcome just about anything. It's made me a lot more comfortable in my own skin.
Q: How do you stay motivated when things get tough?
A: To stay motivated is to have balance. I would take more rest if I'm feeling burnt out. I'll go for a walk or a bike ride. I'll have a night in. I'll have lunch with friends and just find a reason to laugh. You have to be happy and well rested every step of the way.
Q: What is something you learned from your mother (or mother figure) about your heritage?
A: She's taught me to be proud of who I am and where I come from. That being different with such a diverse background is totally beautiful and special. That everyone's stories are unique and should be cherished and celebrated.
Q: What advice would you give to your younger self now?
A: I would tell my younger self to find patience in the everyday. Everything happens at the right time.
Q: What is something important you think people should know about AAPI history and this month in general?
A: This is a month where we can reflect on all Asian American and Pacific Islander talent with pride. It's an amazing time to continue educating ourselves on our culture and where we came from. It's a time to remember to talk to our parents, aunts, uncles, and grandparents about their own stories and learn from them. It's about continuing traditions and sharing that with others in our lives. For example, the Lunar New Year is always a huge celebration in my home and something my friends from all backgrounds enjoy and appreciate.