The music video is all ready to go! Check my YouTube channel at 8:00pm PST.
I'M SO EXCITED!
The official music video will be released tomorrow, May 8 on YouTube. Mark your calendars. :)
Over the past few months, I collaborated with some old college friends to produce a music video for Gabe Cruz.
I met Gabe back during my days at UCSD in the Theatre Department. We took vocal class together, and I remember thinking that his sound was very unique. He reminded me of a present-day Johnny Cash in some regard with his deep voice and Americana songwriting.
Our friend, Sam--who directed my Love of Mine music video--texted me one day asking if I'd help with Gabe's project. It was a group of old friends coming together to support our fellow artist and UCSD alum... how could I say no?
We filmed in North Hollywood, Los Angeles during the course of 1 weekend. After being a San Diegan for 5+ years, I never felt so "LA" as I did while filming this project (in the best way possible). Cheers to a rad project!
Also, I want to give a special thanks to my friends at GoodGaff Productions (Dima & Ly). They were awesome camera crew partners on set. Fun fact: Dima was the editor for my Love of Mine music video and will be collaborating with me again on an upcoming project!
When I moved back to Orange County, I knew I wanted to connect with other artists. Lucky for me, this wasn't too difficult of a goal to accomplish. Meet Krista Marina. She is a singer-songwriter with a lovely, jazzy voice. She has a sweet, warmth that is apparent upon first meet. The first time we met, we chatted over coffee, filmed a live session, and took some photos...
She's a natural in front of the camera, so we decided to do another photo sesh a few months later. Here's peek:
Krista is performing around the OC and LA area. Check out her music and social media from her website.
Side note: Funny enough... we have the same producer.
Photos taken at The LAB and Facade Funhouse in Costa Mesa, CA.
In the spirit of celebrating strong women this International Women's Day, here are some photos that I took recently as part of Eastside Christian Church's Serve Day. I love how these women break the norms and exercise their God-given strengths and talents to make a difference in the community.
Just wanted to take a second to say, "Happy Lunar New Year," to everyone! Being Asian American, my family would celebrate Lunar New Year (or Chinese New Year), but I didn't really think much about it until this year when my office celebrated it. I used to go with the flow and think, "We're off to grandma's again. We'll eat a lot, see family, then have food coma the rest of the night." Growing up, we'd put a strong emphasis on new beginnings during the calendar new year (January 1). I knew that my grandparents would stress that Chinese New Year was also a fresh start, but I didn't really let that sink in until this year. My grandparents said that it's probably because I'm older now and not "just American."
At work, I was happy to learn about my family's culture and other Asian cultures. I loved the educational spin on the event and how everyone was able to share family traditions and stories with one another. My co-workers shared their families' superstitions with starting the new year too, like needing to get a haircut right before the new year to make sure the good luck stays in the new year. I knew my grandparents believed in similar superstitions, but it dawned on me that other people do them too... it sounds silly and naive--sure--but it made me appreciate where my family came from more.
This year is the Year of the Dog, which is exciting to me, since I was born during the Year of the Dog too. With that said, "Gung Hay Fat Choy!"
Earlier this month, my brother TREE and I decided to do some spontaneous sibling bonding. We grabbed our cameras and headed to my car and just started driving. Our aunt mentioned to us over the holidays that if we ever had some free time, we should check out the lighthouse in Palos Verdes. So, we plugged it into Google Maps and off we went.
In our family, there seems to be at least one "lighthouse" in each home, whether that's a nightlight or a decorative wall piece. I never really thought much of it until TREE and I tried to find this lighthouse. When we got there, per Google's directions, we parked and noticed that there was a trail that led up to our destination.
While we were walking the trail, he was telling me how he was starting to realize how there seems to be more and more challenges as we grow up. We have to start "acting like adults, paying bills, making sure we think our decisions through, investing our money and time into things that will help us in the long run." People in their young adulthood can easily turn into a ball of stress with trying to meet school deadlines, getting good jobs to ensure bright futures, and making their parents proud. It's a difficult life stage because most of us don't really know what we want, but we know what we like. Often times, a lot of us feel lost and are just trying to make our way to shore. We're trying to find a lighthouse to guide the way.
Lighthouses bring us hope. They provide light in the darkness. Each of us have to battle the waves and times of loneliness, but know that there is a light waiting for you. It might take some time to find it, but it's there. You'll realize it soon enough.
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